Br Joseph Stadtfeld

Br Joseph Stadtfeld

La Grange, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 23 Aug 2001 (aged 77)
Cenotaph Sierra Madre, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 15909202 · View Source
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S/O William Stadtfeld and Elizabeth (Deiderick) Stadtfeld

Joseph Stadtfeld professed July 9, 1944.

Brother Joe worked for thirty-five years to develop, beautify and maintain the Mater Dolorosa Passionist Center property in Sierra Madre, California.

He designed and built the row of steps that leads up the hill from the shrine to the Retreat House.

The shrine and an enclosed garden pay tribute to his artistic and mechanical ability that could never be stopped by any earthly obstacle.

Obituary, The Tidings, August 31, 2001: Br. Joseph Stadfield, CP

Funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 27 at Immaculate Conception Church, Chicago, Ill., for Passionist Brother Joseph Stadfeld, 77, who died Aug. 23. He was a member of the Passionist Congregation for almost 59 years.
From 1951 to 1987, Brother Stadfield was stationed at Mater Dolorosa Monastery, Sierra Madre, as cook, tailor, gardener and in charge of maintenance work of the retreat grounds. For 10 years he helped in the construction of the outdoor Stations of the Cross and designed the extensive watering system that supplied all the vegetation.

Brother Stadfield was also well known in the Sierra Madre area, including the local police and fire departments, who showed up in force, with sirens wailing, to help celebrate his silver jubilee of religious life in 1969. His tenure at Mater Dolorosa was briefly interrupted by a two-year assignment (1966-68) at the Passionist Prep School in Warrenton, Mo.

A memorial Mass for Brother Stadfield will be celebrated Sept. 5, 7 p.m. at Mater Dolorosa.


(Passionist Fathers Symbol)
With gratitude to Almighty God we gratefully dedicate this shrine honoring St. Joseph, Patron Saint of Workers, to Bro. Joseph Stadtfeld, C.P. "Bro. Joe" gave his heart and his life to Mater Dolorosa. We also bless and honor all the Passionist Brothers of Holy Cross Province, living and deceased, who through their labors and devotion, have brought the Memory of the Passion of Christ to the hearts of God's People.

Gravesite Details This is a cenotaph or memorial only; Brother Joe is buried in Illinois.

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  • Created by: Earl Abbe
  • Added: 27 Sep 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15909202
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Br Joseph Stadtfeld (7 Oct 1923–23 Aug 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15909202, citing Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center Cemetery, Sierra Madre, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Earl Abbe (contributor 46843447) .