STEUBENVILLE - The funeral Mass for retired Bishop Albert H. Ottenweller will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Name Cathedral.
Details of the funeral services for the second bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville were announced Monday evening by Diocesan Communications Director Pat DeFrancis.
According to an e-mail sent out Monday by current Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton to all diocesan priests, "a vigil service will be celebrated in Toledo at 6:30 p.m. today at Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church. A concelebrated Mass for the repose of his soul will be held at Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday."
"His body will be transferred to Holy Name Cathedral in Steubenville Thursday where a Vespers Service will be held at the Cathedral at 7 p.m. A Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at the cathedral on Friday at 11 a.m.," Monforton said in his e-mail to the priests.
"Bishop Monforton will be the celebrant for the funeral Mass," said DeFrancis.
Monforton also asked the priests to remember Ottenweller at their parish Masses this week.
Ottenweller will be buried at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's Cemetery in Leipsic, Ohio.
The 96-year-old Ottenweller died Sunday following a brief illness.
He had been living in Toledo since retiring as the bishop of the Steubenville Diocese in 1992.
DeFrancis said Ottenweller was one of the oldest living bishops in the Catholic Church.
He had visited the diocese on a number of occasions but was unable to attend the ordination and installation of Monforton earlier this month.
DeFrancis said Ottenweller had become fragile in his physical mobility in recent months, "but his mind was still very sharp."
Monforton noted during his personal remarks following his installation that he had the opportunity to visit with Ottenweller earlier this month.
"It has come with great sadness that we have learned that our brother and former ordinary of the Steubenville Diocese died yesterday morning in Toledo. I received word yesterday afternoon upon my return from meetings at the Vatican," Monforton said Monday morning.
"In my visit with the bishop, approximately three weeks ago, the bishop expressed his deep love for his people in the Steubenville Diocese and the very fond memories, which were in his heart. I indicated to him how grateful I was to succeed him as shepherd, knowing how well respected and loved he was by the faithful of Steubenville. Bishop Ottenweller was a deeply spiritual and faithful man, who constantly stressed our need to reach out to the disenfranchised and outcast in our society and that in his leadership he always came across as a gentleman," said Monforton.
Ottenweller was named the second bishop of the Steubenville Diocese and installed as the spiritual leader of the 40,000 Eastern Ohio Catholics on Nov. 22, 1977.
He retired as the bishop of the Steubenville Diocese on April 2, 1992.
According to the Coyle Funeral Home of Toledo, "It is Bishop's desire that any contributions be given in his memory to the continuation of the Servant Leadership, 1618 Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH 43612.
An online guest registry is available for signing at CoyleFuneralhome.com.