Monsignor Edmund Klimek was buried today. He’d served as a priest for sixty years and as chaplain of Sacred Heart Hospital for forty-five years. He’d touched so many people in this community that 2,000 people went to his visitation and over 500 came to his burial Mass today. Channel 13 donated air time to broadcast the Mass so people could watch from home or Catholic schools. His life was celebrated with hymns like “Be Not Afraid” and “On Eagles’ Wings.” The prayer of Saint Francis was also sung. Its words describe him well:
“Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope.”
When they were preparing to celebrate his sixtieth anniversary of priesthood, the hospital asked people to submit memories. I submitted these Haiku in memory of all the St. Francis Day blessings of animals he did on the hospital lawn. Luna was proud to be with me today as we said farewell to this giant of faith.
Two St. Francis Day Blessings of the Animals Haiku
By Katherine Schneider
From the Animals
Whining and barking
We come to see, to smell and
To bask in God’s love.
From the Humans
Every day he blesses
Today showing His love of
All God’s creation.