Memorial Mass Honors the Life of Fr. Carl Dincher, SJ

by Sherri Weil

On Sunday November 6th, hundreds of family and friends of the beloved Fr. Carl Dincher, SJ, gathered at St. Boniface Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to celebrate his life.  Fr. Dincher entered eternal life on October 10, 2016 in Jamshedpur, India.  Originally a member of the Maryland Province, he later became a member of the Jamshedpur Province.

Although a native of this picturesque town nestled in north-central Pennsylvania, Fr. Dincher spent most of his 65 years living with the poor in Jamshedpur. Nevertheless, he came home often, sometimes by surprise, to visit his large extended family. Most of them were in attendance at Mass concelebrated by Fr. Joseph Currie, SJ, and Fr. Dincher's nephew, Thomas Shurer, a deacon. Fr. Currie, who worked with Fr. Carl in India for 22 years, eulogized Fr. DIncher with stories of his tireless optimism and compassion. He also told of his connection to Saint Mother Teresa.

Fr. Dincher is pictured here in 1963 with his family during his first visit home from India.

Mr. Shurer's reflections included this thought: "Fr. Dincher lived and loved every moment of his life. It is up to us to honor his life and his works and be signs of Christ on earth."

It was a fitting tribute, for the service was held in the church where Fr. Dincher received the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. The Mass included favorite songs of Fr. Dincher and was followed by a luncheon, lovingly prepared by family members.

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