Nov. 24, 1932 – Dec. 14, 2016
Rev. Paul F. Stengel, a teacher and pastor emeritus of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Boston, died Wednesday in Mercy Hospital. He was 84.
Born in Buffalo, one of five children, he was a graduate of Diocesan Preparatory Seminary in Buffalo.
After earning a degree from Diocesan Preparatory Seminary & White Fathers Seminary in Franklin, Pa., he attended White Fathers Seminary in Ottawa, Ont., and Christ the King Seminary at St. Bonaventure University.
He completed his master’s degree for teachers of mathematics at the University of New Hampshire.
He was ordained Feb. 21, 1959, in St. Joseph Cathedral by Bishop Joseph A. Burke and spent two years as an associate pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church in Delevan and St. Bartholomew’s Church in Buffalo.
Rev. Stengel then taught mathematics and computer science at Notre Dame High School in Batavia from 1961 to 1977 and served as a weekend assistant at St. Peter’s Church in LeRoy, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Darien Center and St. Mary’s Church in Holley.
In 1968, he trained with the Movement for a Better World and gave a number of retreats with the Movement. He also led retreats for the students at Notre Dame and other high schools.
Assigned as pastor of St. Brendan’s Church in Almond in 1977, he also was campus minister at St. Jude Chapel at Alfred University.
In 1991, he became pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in Boston and was appointed a prelate of honor in 1993. He retired in 2001.
Survivors include a brother, Dr. James; and a sister, Sister Carleen Marie.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Bishop Richard J. Malone at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John the Baptist Church, 6895 Boston Cross Road, Boston.