Fr. Bernard Cyril Mischke, OSC, Crosier Canon Regular, was born March 18, 1926, to Margaret (Theis) and Joseph Mischke in Little Falls. He died Jan. 2, 2012, in Onamia, of complications due to Parkinson’s disease.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Maurice and his sister, Marie.
Fr. Bernard joined the Crosier Order in 1944 with his novitiate in Hastings, Neb., under the guidance of his Novice Director (and uncle) Fr. Benno Mischke, OSC. Bernard made his First Profession of Vows as a Crosier, July 4, 1945, and was ordained a Crosier priest, June 1, 1951. Besides his theological studies, Fr. Bernard earned an MA in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1957. Bernard served on the faculty of Crosier Seminary in Onamia and as pastor of numerous parishes in the Diocese of St. Cloud, and throughout the state. He was the author of publications on the Mass, the Way of the Cross, the Crosiers’ Patroness St. Odilia and Family Prayer.
Fr. Bernard is survived by his sister, Marjorie (Robert) Schenk of Simi, Calif., and his Crosier confreres who treasure the life they shared in community under the shadow of the glorious cross.
Funeral services were held Thursday, at the Crosier Priory church in Onamia. A private burial in the Crosier cemetery was held Friday morning.
Memorials are preferred to the Crosier Fathers and Brothers at Box 500, Onamia, MN 56359.
Emblom-Brenny Funeral Home