Rev Fr Leo Clement Andrew Arkfeld

Rev Fr Leo Clement Andrew Arkfeld

Butte, Boyd County, Nebraska, USA
Death 21 Aug 1999 (aged 87)
Madang, Papua New Guinea
Burial Wewak, Wewak District, East Sepik, Papua New Guinea
Memorial ID 24692560 · View Source
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Son of George and Mary Arkfeld.

Leo C. Arkfeld, S.V.D., joined the Divine Word Missionaries at the age of 20 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1943. He was immediately stationed to New Guinea but, for a brief period, was relocated to Australia during the WW-2. There, he became a skilled and well respected aviator. Upon resuming his ministry in New Guinea, he built numerous private airstrips along shore lines and hillsides; thus permitting access to locales which allowed for him to carry out his ministry. He was credited with many emergency flights, in treacherous jungle and mountain areas, which saved many lives. He was ordained Titular Bishop of Bucellus (Bulgaria, Patriarchate of Constantinople) and Vicar Apostolic of Central New Guinea in 1948. He became the first Bishop of Wewak in 1966 and was Archbishop of Madang, Papua New Guinea, from 1975-87. His ministry in New Guinea spanned 54 years.

Cenotaph located at St. Mary's Cemetery in Panama, Iowa.


Per FindAGrave visitor, Vince Ohlinger:

"There is a tombstone at St Marys Cemetery, Panama, Iowa, but Fr. Arkfeld is buried in Wewak, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, where he had spent most of his life and where in lived in retirement. I was present at his funeral and burial. His family, in Iowa, then had a tombstone made which was placed near St Mary's Church in Panama, Iowa. The pastor had it moved into the cemetery."


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 24692560
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Fr Leo Clement Andrew Arkfeld (4 Feb 1912–21 Aug 1999), Find a Grave Memorial no. 24692560, citing Catholic Mission Wirui Cemetery, Wewak, Wewak District, East Sepik, Papua New Guinea ; Maintained by RowWalker (contributor 46489843) .