Rev. Norman H. Christian

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 13, 2004

A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 1 at St. Richard Catholic Church in Creve Coeur for the Rev. Norman H. Christian.

Father Christian, a former pastor in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, died Oct. 29 from kidney and liver failure at Mother of Good Counsel Nursing Home. He was 69.

Father Christian was born in St. Louis. In 1961, he was ordained by Cardinal Joseph Ritter and began his ministry at St. Peter Catholic Church in Kirkwood. He then went to what is now the Ascension/St. Paul Parish in Normandy. Later he was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Festus and St. George Catholic Church in Affton. From 1978 to 1981, Father Christian was at the former Nativity Catholic Church in St. Louis. He was at the former St. Adalbert Catholic Church in St. Louis until 1986 and then St. William Catholic Church in Woodson Terrace until being removed in 1995.

The archdiocese said Father Christian was removed after an allegation that he had abused a minor 20 years earlier. He was sent to Wounded Brothers Project, south of Robertsville in Franklin County, according to a Post-Dispatch news article in March. An Oct. 27 column by Bill McClellan described how the Father Christian's sister, Carol Kuhnert of Union, and other family members had reached out to his victims.

In addition to Kuhnert, among the survivors is another sister, Jean Meyer of Labadie.

The family requests that any memorial donations be made to the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, 7234 Arsenal Street, St. Louis, Mo. 63143, or to Masses.


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