Recalls Pastor's Kindness, Dedication

Wilkes Barre Times Leader (Pennsylvania)
July 30, 2006

I knew Monsignor Lawrence P. Weniger. He was a good friend of mine. I became acquainted with him through his close friend, Monsignor William Burchill. Monsignor Burchill once served as an assistant pastor of St. Mary's Parish and I was one of his altar boys.

Monsignor Weniger and I shared the same birthday Jan. 14 and we observed this day with an annual dinner. He attended my first swearing in as mayor of Avoca and he was seated in the sanctuary at my father's funeral Mass. I was very grateful for those two kind gestures.

Monsignor Weniger once served as editor of the Catholic Light and he was elected as the first president of the then newly formed senate of priests.

Monsignor Weniger died in the early evening of July 11, 1972, in his rectory. He was 62 years old and his death was sudden. He had spent his last day on Earth helping unload a truck full of canned goods. They were being stored in (the) school auditorium of Sacred Heart in Luzerne for the Agnes flood victims.

I am sure that for these long 34 years, Monsignor Weniger has rested in the peace of Christ.

Joseph D. Hannon Avoca


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