Fr. Andre Strittmatter, T.O.R., 83, of the Third Order
Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, died January
2, 2017 at Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, after an illness. He was born December 4, 1933 in Carrolltown,
PA and given the name Carl Vincent when Baptized at St. Benedict Church,
Carrolltown, PA on December 10, 1933.
He was the son of the late Joseph and Bernardine Feighner
Strittmatter. He graduated from St.
Benedict Grade School, Carrolltown, PA, and St. Vincent Preparatory School,
On September 8, 1953, Fr. Andre entered postulancy at Mt.
Assisi Friary, Loretto, PA. He entered
novitiate at Portiuncula Monastery, Washington, D.C. on July 4, 1954. He pronounced his first vows on July 5,
1955, in Washington, D.C., and his solemn vows on July 5, 1958 at the
Immaculate Conception Chapel, Loretto, PA.
Fr. Andre was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1961 at the
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, PA, by the late Bishop J. Carroll
McCormick, D.D. bishop of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. He
received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Francis College
(University) in 1957. He completed his
Theological Studies at St. Francis Seminary, Loretto, PA. Fr. Andre did graduate studies at The
Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He received a Master of Science degree in
Education from Villanova University, Villanova, PA in 1966.
During his long and very faithful Franciscan life, Fr. Andre
ministered in education for over thirty years. He taught for one year at Norwood Academy,
Chestnut Hill, PA. In 1962, Fr. Andre
began his long and illustrious teaching career at Bishop Egan High School,
Fairless Hills, PA. He taught religion
and primarily all levels of German. He
served as moderator of the high school band and was renowned for instilling in
all students, faculty, and staff, enthusiastic school spirit for the Eagles. Coupled
with his teaching career, Fr. Andre ministered each weekend at Queen of the
Universe Church, Levittown, PA, and at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Southampton,
PA. In 1993, Fr. Andre did home ministry
for his mother and brother. In 1995 he was assigned to St. Francis Friary,
Loretto, PA where he was in the ministry of prayer.
Fr. Andre was preceded in death by his brother, Alfred J. He
is survived by cousins and his Franciscan brothers. Friends will be received at the Chapel of St.
Francis Friary-Mt. Assisi, Loretto, PA at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 6,
2017. Vigil Service will be celebrated
at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial
will be concelebrated on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis
Friary-Mt. Assisi, Loretto, PA, with Very Rev. Richard L. Davis, T.O.R., Minister
Provincial, as principal celebrant.
Following the Mass, interment will take place at the Franciscan Friars’
Cemetery, on the campus of St. Francis University, Loretto, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to
support retired T.O.R. Friars, c/o T.O.R. Retirement fund, St. Francis Friary,
P.O. Box 137, Loretto, PA 15940.