Fr. Eugene Wolf


Fr. Eugene Wolf, OFM Cap., died on Sunday morning, Aug. 26, 2012, at St. Fidelis Friary, Appleton. Eugene Paul Wolf, born in 1927, grew up on the family farm near Allenton. He attended grade school at SS Peter & Paul School, Nenno and went on to St. Lawrence Seminary, Mt Calvary, WI for high school. Eugene first came to know of the Capuchins through friars who helped in the parish during the summer months.

Fr. Eugene entered the novitiate of the Capuchin Order in 1946 at St. Felix Friary, Huntington, Ind., receiving the name Martinian, and after Vatican II again used his baptismal name, Eugene. His college years of philosophy took place in Garrison, N.Y., and theology at St. Anthony Friary, Marathon. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1958 at St. Mary’s Church, Marathon.

Fr. Eugene was on the faculty of St. Felix Seminary, Huntington, Ind., and St. Mary’s Seminary in Crown Point, Ind. With enthusiasm he taught social ethics and served on the staff from 1954-1974 training an entire generation of Capuchins in the social encyclicals of the Church, labor issues and family economics. His educational credits included master’s degrees in Catholic social thought and library science from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Some of the highlights during his time of studies in Washington, D.C., included the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, standing in line for nine hours to view the body of the deceased president and being present for the famous Martin Luther King speech, “I Have A Dream.”

After 1975, Fr. Eugene prepared himself for pastoral care and served as chaplain of St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac, until 1986. Later he served in front office ministry at St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit, Mich., followed by chaplaincy for the School Sisters of Notre Dame at Mt. Calvary until illness brought about retirement at St. Lawrence Friary, Mt. Calvary. During these years he kept himself abreast of developments in theology, pastoral care and the life of the church participating in summer workshops both in Washington, D.C., and St. Norbert College in De Pere.

Fr. Eugene happily retired, participating fully in the prayer and social life of the friars at St. Lawrence Friary, Mt. Calvary, keeping up with current events, and spending much time in the library and other areas of interest. He took advantage of continuing education opportunities provided in the area and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. In 2011 he retired to St. Fidelis Friary and Senior home in Appleton.

Fr. Eugene is survived by his brother, Albert (Millie), Allenton, and Fr. Werner Wolf, OFM Cap, Appleton. He is further survived by nieces, nephews and friars of the Capuchin Fraternities. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Mary Wolf, and two brothers, Clemens and Wilmer (Lucy) all of Allenton.

The visitation for Fr. Eugene Wolf will be Tuesday Aug. 28, at St. Lawrence Seminary Chapel (301 Church St., Mt. Calvary 53057), from 4:-7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue at the chapel Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow in the Capuchin Cemetery in Mt. Calvary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Fr. Eugene’s name to St. Lawrence Seminary High School, Mt Calvary.

O’Connell Funeral Home, 1776 E. Main St., Little Chute. (920) 788-6237.