Monsignor Joseph E. Schieder Adviser to Presidents, Dies at 87

Buffalo News (New York)
June 14, 1996

A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Monsignor Joseph E. Schieder, a personal adviser on youth to Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy, will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 1525 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese will be principal celebrant.

A parish Mass will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in St. Andrew's, with Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz of the Buffalo Diocese as principal celebrant.

Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

A Buffalo native, Monsignor Schieder, 87, of Williamsville and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., died Wednesday (June 12, 1996) in Sisters Hospital after a lengthy illness.

He attended St. Nicholas School, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and Niagara University. He received a master's degree from St. Bonaventure University and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Ottawa.

Ordained June 15, 1935, he celebrated his first Mass at St. Nicholas Church. He subsequently was assigned to a number of parishes and later became national director of Catholic Youth of America in Washington, D.C. He also was dean of theology at Marymount College in Arlington, Va.

From 1963 to 1976, he was pastor of St. Andrew's Church and was founder and headmaster of St. Andrew's Country Day School in the Town of Tonawanda. He was director of diocesan properties and held other high diocesan posts.

While serving as director of Catholic Youth of America, which embraced some 7 million young people, he was a member of the President's White House Conference on Youth in Washington.

He received many awards, including the Star of Solidarity from the president of Italy for outstanding international youth work, one of Italy's highest awards. He also received the Silver Award from the mayor of Rome for his accomplishments as director of the World Youth Meeting in Italy.

In 1984, after his appointment by Bishop Edward D. Head to be procurator of the Diocese of Buffalo, he received the Signum Fidei Award from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute as outstanding alumnus. It was the first time in 23 years the award had been given.

Survivors include a sister, Dorothy.


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