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Rev Fr Ambrose J. Heim
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Birth: 1807, Germany
Death: Jan. 3, 1854
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA

ROMAN CATHOLIC EARLY PIONEER PRIEST: FR. AMBROSE HEIM (1807-1854), a pioneer St. Louis Archdiocesan priest of the German heritage, helped found the St. Vincent DePaul Society in the U.S. in St. Louis in 1845. He served as the Society's first spiritual moderator.

The ST. VINCENT DePAUL SOCIETY is one of the largest Catholic worldwide social service, welfare and charitable organizations dedicated to serving the poor sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church, and was founded in Paris, France by Blessed Frederic Ozanam in the early 1800s. The Society's American headquarters is located in St. Louis, Missouri, and dates from its American founding at the Old Cathedral on the St. Louis Riverfront in 1845. (That conference of the St. Vincent DePaul Society still exists today).

Many of the Society's corporal works of mercy include feeding the hungry; burying the indigent dead; providing rental, job and vocational assistance; offering legal and personal counseling; and other needed social services that positively impact the lives of the poor, needy and disadvantaged of our communities of all faiths and circumstances.

Fr. Heim is buried on Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick's pioneer Priests' Lot at Calvary Cemetery (used from 1856 to 1925), on the Broadway side of historic Calvary Cemetery in North St. Louis. His grave is marked with a rough-hewn grey granite Latin cross, erected by the St. Vincent DePaul Society in 1909 in commemoration of his life. He was 47 years of age at the time of his death.

No photo likeness of Father Heim currently exists, but his name is listed in the mosaic artwork in the "Pioneer Catholic St. Louis" Mosaic Gallery in the New Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on Lindell Boulevard. He is remembered in the annual Masses of the St. Vincent DePaul Society each year at their annual convention. 
 
Inscription:
First Spiritual Moderator of the St. Vincent DePaul Society of the USA
 
Note: Founding Priest, St. Vincent DePaul Society U.S.A.
 
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Pioneer Priests Lot (Kenrick Lot), Calvary Cemetery
 
Created by: Max S. Kaiser, Jr.
Record added: Jul 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40013730
Rev Fr Ambrose J. Heim
Added by: Susan Ing
 
Rev Fr Ambrose J. Heim
Added by: Susan Ing
 
Rev Fr Ambrose J. Heim
Added by: Susan Ing
 
 
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Rest In Peace, Father Ambrose!
- Eman Bonnici
 Added: Sep. 27, 2013
We prayerfully remember you, FR. HEIM,for all you've done for the poor and needy as the first Spiritual Moderator of the St. Vincent DePaul Society in your era as well as your current role as part of the "Church Victorious." May you Rest in Peace--and yo...(Read more)
- ST. VINCENT DePAUL SOCIETY U.S.A.
 Added: Aug. 24, 2009
We prayerfully remember you, FR. HEIM,for all you've done for the poor and needy in your era as part of the "Church Victorious." May you Rest in Peace--and you are remembered in our prayers!Sincerely,Members Past and PresentST. VINCENT DePAUL SOCIETY of ...(Read more)
- ST. VINCENT DePAUL SOCIETY U.S.A.
 Added: Aug. 24, 2009
 
 
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