There is a cenotaph for Rev Katzer
at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist Crypt.
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Green Bay, Wisconsin
21 Jul 1903, Tue
ARCHBISHOP KATZER DIES AT FOND DU LAC
Was Former Pastor at Cathedral and Preceded Bishop Messmer as Head of This Diocese.
Funeral Will be Held Thursday at Milwaukee – Bishop Messmer Spoken of as His Probable Successor – Sketch of Deceased Prelate’s Life.
Archbishop Frederick X. Katzer of the Milwaukee Diocese, which includes Wisconsin and the upper peninsula, died last night at St. Agnes’ sanitarium at St. Agnes’ convent, Fond du Lac. The funeral will be held Thursday at 10 o’clock a.m. from the cathedral, Milwaukee.
Deceased was well known in Green Bay. He came here in 1875 as pastor of St. Francis Xavier cathedral and was made vicar general of the diocese under Bishop Krautbauer. Upon the latter’s death Father Katzer became his successor. He was consecrated Sept. 21, 1886. Upon the death of Archbishop Michael Heiss of the Milwaukee diocese in January, 1891, Bishop Katzer became his successor. He received the pallium of office, Aug. 20 following. Thereafter he made his residence in Milwaukee.
Frederick Xavier Katzer, archbishop of the Milwaukee diocese, was born Feb. 7, 1844, at Ebenesee, Upper Austria. As a boy he exhibited much talent and was graduated at the head of his class in the schools at Ebenesee. Seeing that he displayed a fondness for books that pertained to religious subjects his parents decided to further his desires in this direction and sent him to the Jesuit school at Linz, Austria.
He arrived in this country, May 19, 1864. He then continued his studies at the Benedictine college at St. Vincents’, Pennsylvania.
Was Ordained in 1866.
Two and one-half years after his arrival in America he was ordained as a priest on Dec. 21, 1866. He remained at St. Francis’ seminary until 1875.
The selection of a successor to Archbishop Katzer will occupy a period of five or six months. The office of vicar general will also cease and the affairs of the diocese will be taken charge of by the administrator named in the will of the archbishop. Many believe that Bishop Messmer will be the next archbishop, as he is the senior bishop of the archdiocese and a churchman whose scholarship and executive ability has attracted wide attention.
Archbishop Katzer had been in poor health for several years. In April he went to Fond du Lac to obtain perfect rest, but in spite of the best medical care and assistance he grew worse until death resulted.
Nothing can be learned at Bishop Messmer’s residence concerning the effect of Archbishop Katzer’s death. Bishop Messmer is not expected home until tomorrow and Msgr. J.J. Fox is out of the city today.
Here lies, between his parents
Most Reverend Frederick Xavier Katzer
Third Archbishop of Milwaukee
Born February 7, 1844
Consecrated Bishop of Green Bay
September 21, 1886
Named Archbishop of Milwaukee
January 30, 1891
Died July 20, 1903
Written at the bottom of monument: Remember Your Prelates Hebrews 13
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