Remembering Father Raymond Kammerer

January 7, 2020

Father Raymond Kammerer, 81, died at his home in Waynesville, OH on January 4, 2020. Father earned graduate degrees from both the Athenaeum of Ohio (Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary of the West) and Xavier University in Cincinnati. He was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati by Archbishop Karl J. Alter in May 1964. Appointed Associate Pastor of Saint Peter Parish in Huber Heights (1964-1971) and to the faculty of John Carroll High School in Dayton, he began a long teaching career along with his pastoral ministry. In 1971, Archbishop Paul Liebold appointed him to the Campus Ministry at the College of Mount Saint Joseph, now Mount St. Joseph University, in Delhi Hills (Cincinnati) and at the same time as an instructor at the College. In 1977, Father Kammerer became an adjunct professor at the College Seminary of Saint Pius X in Erlanger, Ky. In May of 1978, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin (then Archbishop of Cincinnati) appointed Father Kammerer to his first pastorate, the Church of Saint Theresa of the Infant Jesus in Covington, Ohio. He continued to teach at the Erlanger College Seminary until 1982 when he joined the faculty of Chatfield College in Brown County, Ohio, where he continued for the next 35 years. In July 1988, Father Kammerer was appointed Pastor of the Church of the Resurrection in Cincinnati, and in July 1995, Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk appointed him to the pastorate of Saint Augustine Parish in historic Waynesville, Ohio. In 1994, the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities, upon nomination by Chatfield College, awarded Father Kammerer the honor of “Distinguished Professor of the Year”. In March 2003, Chatfield College, in recognition of his long teaching career, promoted Father Kammerer to the rank of full Professor. During his long tenure at Chatfield, Father served as Chair of the History Department and then of Religious Studies. Both as a Pastor and as a college teacher, Father Kammerer was well known by students and parishioners alike for his literary works. His publications, “Old Mission San Juan Capistrano” and “A Portrait of Mission Life,” created for the tourist trade at California’ s Old Mission San Juan Capistrano, continue to be best sellers at the California Missions, and are found in many libraries throughout California as standard references. By his parishioners and college students both, Father Kammerer will be remembered as a tireless educator and promoter of Catholic education. A bibliophile, Father Kammerer collected a huge library over the years, a great many titles in history and art he used constantly in the classroom. The entire collection, along with the many historic artifacts he acquired in his long teaching career, will now be housed in Chatfield College’s library, renamed the Father Raymond Kammerer Library and Learning Center in 2012.

A visitation will be held 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Thursday, January 9 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Waynesville. A second visitation will be held 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Friday, January 10 at Stubbs-Conner Funeral Home in Waynesville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial service at 11 AM Friday at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Following a luncheon at the church, a committal and graveside service will be held 2:30 PM Friday at Saint John the Baptist Cemetery in Cincinnati. Stubbs-Conner Funeral Home in Waynesville is serving the family.

Memorials for Father Kammerer may be sent to Chatfield College to be added to the Father Raymond Kammerer Library Fund. Give a gift online here or mail a check to 20918 State Route 251, Fayetteville, OH 45118.

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