Monsignor Richard J. Schuler (1920 – 2007) passed away on Friday April 20, 2007. Over the years, Monsignor Schuler preserve the traditional dignity and sacrality of the Roman Rite. Inspiring Fr. C. Frank Phillips, C.R., to develop an expansive liturgical music program at St. John Cantius, Msgr. Schuler provided Cantius a model, as he was a renowned master of Sacred Music. Monsignor Schuler also did more perhaps than any other priest in this country to preserve the sacred musical heritage of the Catholic Church after Vatican II.
Monsignor Richard Joseph Schuler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 30, 1920. His parents, Otto H. Schuler and Wilhelmine M. Hauk, were American-born children of immigrants from Tirol in Austria and the Black Forest of southern Germany. He was baptized in the Ascension Church and attended the parochial school, DeLaSalle High School and the College of Saint Thomas before entering the Saint Paul Seminary.
He was ordained a priest on August 18, 1945, by Archbishop Murray at the Saint Paul Cathedral, and he celebrated his first solemn Mass the following day at the Ascension Church. He was assigned to Nazareth Hall Preparatory Seminary to teach Latin and music. He earned the M.A. degree from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, N. Y., in 1950, and in 1954 he spent a year of study of renaissance music manuscripts at the Vatican Library on a Fulbright scholarship from the United States government.
The Canons Regular attended Msgr. Schueler’s funeral, and prayed for the reposed of his soul. May almighty God bless this holy priest and bring him swiftly into heaven.
Tu es sacerdos in aeternum secundum ordinem Melchisedech!