Fr. Bill Neidhart, CSC has died.
Fr. Bill was a genuine leader. He understood his skills and talents as well as his shortcomings. He relied on the faith and leadership of his parishioners. He led with a great sense of humor but more importantly with a deep and honest faith and humility. He served as pastor in the Congregation of Holy Cross for over twenty consecutive years in three parishes in Indiana and California.
He also was a lot of fun to be around. I was one of his associate pastors in Burbank, California. He always teased me about sports, especially after I picked the winner of a Kentucky Derby. We laughed out loud at dinner tables and in sacristies. He came to me for advice and I came to him for wisdom. We prayed for healing among our parishioners and we shared abundant food, laughter and kindness at our evening meals. He loved his priesthood. He loved the People of God. He loved the vision of Vatican II and he took seriously his preaching and beauty of the gospels. He was a man of prayer and sought the consolation and teachings of spiritual directors. He loved God and I still pray that I might love leadership and people has he did.
I am so grateful to be counted among those who served with Bill Neidhart. Be at rest, my brother. Be at peace, now and forever.