Obituaries ~ July 1, 2019

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Rev. Msgr. James Bernard Caverly
August 22, 1934 – June 26, 2019
(See complete obituary here.)

Word has reached the Chancellor’s Office that Rev. Msgr. James Bernard Caverly, age 84, passed away in the Lord on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Bon Secours Maria Manor, St. Petersburg.

His first assignment in the Diocese of St. Petersburg was as Assistant Pastor of St. Paul Parish, St. Petersburg, in April 1968. This was followed by appointments at St. Jerome, Indian Rocks Beach, Good Shepherd (now Mary Help of Christians), Tampa, Holy Cross, St. Petersburg, the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg and St. Raphael, St. Petersburg.

All funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1376 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33704.

Visitation: From 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mass: 12:00 PM at the church
Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop Emeritus, will be the Main Celebrant and Homilist.

Priests and deacons wishing to vest should bring alb and white stole. A reception will follow at the social hall.

Burial will take place at a later date in Ireland.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Jim Caverly and family c/o Chancellor’s Office, P.O. Box 40200, St. Petersburg, FL 33743-0200.

Reverend Robert Schindler
The Chancellor’s Office was notified of the death of Reverend Robert Schindler, 89, a retired priest of the Diocese of Campeche, Mexico and former Chaplain at James A. Haley V.A. Hospital, Tampa. Father Schindler passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2019 in his apartment at Concordia Village of Tampa (formerly St. Joseph’s John Knox Village). His death followed a recent hospitalization and lengthy recovery period.

Father Schindler was born in Hollywood, Maryland and was ordained to the priesthood in Louisville, Kentucky on May 8, 1954 for the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappist Monks). Three years later, he was incardinated into the Diocese of Fresno, California and in 1969, became a priest of the Diocese of Campeche.

Upon his retirement in July 1993, Father Schindler moved to the Diocese of St. Petersburg, where he resided for many years in Rocky Creek Village, Tampa. He faithfully served our military veterans as a Chaplain and provided assistance to several parishes, especially St. Lawrence, Tampa. Last month, Father Schindler observed the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

Funeral services were held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Tampa, on Friday, June 28, 2019.  Burial will take place in Leonardtown, Maryland at a later date.

Reverend Paul Osterle, S.J.
The Chancellor’s Office was informed of the death of Reverend Paul Osterle, S.J., 91, a retired priest of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and former Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Tampa, on Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Holy Name Friary, in Opelousas, Louisiana. Father Osterle was born in Union Town, Pennsylvania and entered the Society of Jesus in 1946. He was ordained to the priesthood at Woodstock College, Woodstock, Maryland on June 21, 1959.  This June would have marked his 60th anniversary of his ordination.

Much of Father Osterle’s ministry was spent in the area of education, including assignments at the University of Scranton, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Pittsburgh and Scranton Preparatory School. He also served as the Socius (assistant) to the master of novices, in addition to his ministry as a Chaplain to Berks County (PA) Prison and Hospital. His later years consisted of ministry to parishes, along with chaplaincy work in Austin, Fort Stockton and Houston, Texas, as well as Miami, Albuquerque, New Orleans and Tampa. While in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, he served as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Tampa from 1997 to 2005. He retired from active ministry in 2012. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at St. Charles College Chapel, Grand Coteau, Louisiana, followed by burial in the Jesuit Cemetery at St. Charles College. Father Osterle is survived by his sister-in-law, Jean Osterle, of Pittsburgh. Please keep Father Osterle’s surviving family members and fellow Jesuits in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed

through the mercy of God rest in eternal peace!