Charles J. Bodden, 61

The Rev. Charles J. Bodden, O.S.A., 61, died suddenly Dec. 16, 2011.

Charles John Bodden was born in 1950 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin to Joseph L. and Irma M. Bodden. He was baptized in 1950 at St. Kilian Catholic Church, St. Kilian. He received the Sacrament of Confirmation in 1959 at the same church.

He is a 1968 graduate of DeSales Preparatory Seminary, Milwaukee. He entered the Augustinian Novitiate Sept. 2, 1968. He professed first vows in the Order Sept. 3, 1969 and solemn (permanent) vows June 5, 1976. He was ordained a priest Sept. 16, 1978.

Following first profession of vows in 1969, he began collegiate studies at Tolentine College, Olympia Fields, Ill. Tolentine granted him a B.A. in Philosophy in 1973. He then did theological studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, where he earned an M.Div. in 1978. He did Formation Studies at CONFER, Lima, Peru, in 1988.

During his theological studies, Charles resided at St. John Stone Friary, Chicago. He did a Deacon Internship in 1977 at Immaculate Conception/St. Henry Parish, St. Louis.

Nearly all of Father Bodden’s priestly ministry has been as a missionary in Peru. In 1979 he was Associate Pastor of Santo Domingo Parish, Santo Domingo. In 1981 he was assigned to San Fernando Parish, Chalaco, serving as associate pastor until 1983, when he was named pastor.

In 1984 he became Director of the Center of Formation in Santo Domingo. After completing Formation Studies in Lima in 1988, he was assigned in 1989 as a member of the Formation Team at the Santo Tomás de Villanueva house of formation, Trujillo. He returned to Santo Domingo in 1992 as director of the Center of Formation.

He was named administrator of San Isidro Parish, Morropón, in 1993. In 1994 he was appointed associate pastor of San Isidro.

Father Bodden was named director of Novices at the Augustinian Center House in Lima in 1997. He served in this position until 2007, when a Peruvian National Augustinian Novitiate program was inaugurated. He then served as director of Postu-lants in Lima for one year. He was assigned in 2008 to Santo Tomás de Villanueva house of formation, Trujillo, as a formator.

In January 2011 he was again assigned to San Isidro Parish, Morropón. In December 2011 he went to Lima to assist with needed repairs at the Center House. There he suffered a massive fatal heart attack during the evening of Dec. 16, 2011.

During 21 of Father Bodden’s 32 years in Peru, he was involved in formation ministry, forming young friars not only from his own Augustinian Vicariate of Chulucanas, but also from the other two Augustinian Vicariates in Peru, Iquitos and Apruimac. Thus, he had a great influence on the growth and development of Augustinian life and ministry in Peru.

The Rev. Fidel Alvarado, O.S.A., Regional Vicar of Chulucanas, reflected this when he wrote, "We believe that Charlie will always live in our hearts and in all our projects as a Vicariate. Charlie will be with us forever."

Survivors include two sisters Evelyn (Lloyd) Martin of Kewaskum and Mary Paulus of West Bend, two brothers Paul (Bernadine) and Raymond (Geri) both of Kewaskum, and many other relatives and friends. Father Bodden was preceded in death by his father and mother Joseph and Irma Bodden and his brother-in-law Wynard Paulus.

Father Bodden was buried in the cemetery of Chulucanas, Peru.

A Memorial Mass will be announced at a later date.

Memorial gifts, either to Augustinian Missions or to Augustinian Guild, both at 5401 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL 60615-5664, or via Augustinian Guild Secure On-Line Giving appreciated. Augustinian Guild supports the care of elderly and infirm friars and the seminary formation of young friars. Augustinian Missions supports Augustinian ministries in Peru.

Twohig Funeral Home, Campbellsport, is assisting the family, with online guestbook and condolences at www.twohigfunerals.com.