|Birth: ||Nov. 17, 1927|
|Death: ||Apr. 15, 2000|
Born in Ayton, Ontario, Canada, on November 17, 1927, Bishop Thomas Joseph Lobsinger earned an Arts Degree from St. Patrick's College within Carleton's University and joined the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1946, making his Solemn Profession through St. Paul's Province at the age of 19, on August 2, 1947. He was ordained to the Priesthood on May 29, 1954.
He served in various Missionary Posts on the West Coast and was Formation Director for his Order in Edmonton from 1982 till 1985, when he moved to Vancouver following his appointment as Provincial Superior of his Order in Western Canada.
Pope John Paul II named him as the Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Whitehorse on July 3, 1987, receiving his Episcopal Consecration on the following October 1, from Bishop Hubert Patrick O'Connor OMI., assisted by Archbishops James Francis Carney and Henri Légaré OMI.,
Supportive in inviting native speakers to lead healing workshops, Lobsinger was also chair of the seven member Northern Bishop's Conference, which presented married native men as candidates for the Priesthood. He headed a Diocese large in area, but with few Clergy and tried to ease this problem by challenging Parishioners to become more active.
He was also supportive of Diocesan projects and initiatives not only verbally, but through his support by his presence.
A veteran pilot with many years of experience, on April 15, 2000, whilst traveling with Brother Hoby Spruyt OMI., the Diocese's Financial Administrator, the Cessna Aircraft Lobsinger was piloting crash landed on Fox Lake north of Whitehorse. Lobsinger, 72, and Spruyt, 55, were on their way to Dawson City to say mass at St. Mary's in the absence of Parish Priest Tim Coonen, who was away on business. They were both killed on the spot.
Lobsinger was one of three Western Canadian Bishops who died within three days. Retired Archbishop Paul Dumouchel, 88, of Keewatin - Le Pas, also died April 15.
Two days before Lobsinger's death, Archbishop Antoine Hacault of Saint Boniface, died of lung cancer in Winnipeg at the age of 74. He was one of the few Bishops still in Office who had attended the Second Vatican Council.
He served as an Expert at the early Sessions of the Council and became an Auxiliary Bishop in 1964, attending the last two Sessions of the Council in that capacity. He was named as Archbishop of St. Boniface in 1974.
A service for Lobsinger and Spruyt was held on April 25, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Whitehorse. Their bodies were later transported to Vancouver, B.C. for a second joint Funeral and internment.
Grey Mountain Cemetery
Yukon Census Division
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Aug 12, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28960916
Added: Aug. 20, 2008
May The Omnipotent, Grant Thee, Eternal Rest, Dearest Bishop Lobsinger !|
Added: Aug. 12, 2008