October 26, 1920 - October 29, 2012
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and may perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul,
and the souls of all the faithfully departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.
THE REVEREND CARL G. SCHULTE, C.M.
The Reverend Carl G. Schulte, C.M., entered into eternal life on October 29, 2012 at the age of 92.
Father Schulte was born in East Moline, IL on October 26, 1920 to Pauline (Neels) and William Schulte. He attended elementary and high school in East Moline, IL, and St. Vincent’s College, Cape Girardeau, MO. He entered the Vincentian novitiate on May 30, 1940, and took vows on May 31, 1942. He completed his philosophy and theology studies at St. Mary’s of the Barrens, Perryville, MO and was ordained there on May 30, 1948.
During his years of priestly service, Father Schulte ministered in several apostolates including foreign missions, seminary education and formation, direction of the Daughters of Charity, and preaching parish missions.
Enthusiastic to begin his priestly ministry as a missionary, Father Carl went to China in 1948, soon after his ordination intending to serve there many years. However, post- World War II persecutions and other conditions made his stay in China a very short one. Approximately seven months after he arrive in China he was back in the United States assisting in the formation of future priests at St. John’s Seminary in San Antonio, TX. His ministry to future priests continued at Assumption Seminary, San Antonio, TX; St. Vincent de Paul Seminary, Lemont, IL; Cardinal Glennon College, St. Louis, MO; St. Vincent de Paul Seminary, Cape Girardeau, MO; and St. Mary’s Seminary, Perryville, MO. In order to offer effective leadership in seminaries, he earned a master’s degree in education at St. Louis University in 1963.
Father Carl was asked in 1974 to restart The Vincentian Parish Missions. He and his confrere, Fr. Frank Crowley, were the first Vincentians since St. Vincent de Paul to travel around the country preaching the Vincentian Missions. Fr. Carl was involved with this until 1981.
After his ministry in priestly formation, Father Schulte worked at the Vincentian Foreign Mission Society, St. Louis, MO and the Evangelization Center, Cape Girardeau, MO. From 1981 to 1993 he was the Director of the Daughters of Charity of the then East Central Province, based in Evansville, IL.
In 1993, he was the first Superior at the Vincentian Parish Mission Center, based in Independence, MO.
He then was Senior Priest in Residence spending his time as the unofficial Chaplain to The Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist on whose property the Parish Mission Center is located. He was also available for spiritual direction to the laity and some clergy. While stationed there, even with the challenges of diminishing eyesight and health, Father Carl became aware of the life and work of a 19th century French Daughter of Charity, Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey, who ministered in Smyrna, near Ephesus. Father Schulte took up the challenge of writing of her life and works. In 2011 he published The Life of Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey and Mary’s House in Ephesus.
Due to declining health, Father Schulte moved to the Apostle of Charity Residence at St. Mary’s of the Barrens in Perryville, MO in January, 2012. While his mental faculties were still sharp, his body was becoming more tired. In the fall of 2012, he was diagnosed with myeloma and given care to make his life more comfortable as he approached the end of his days.
As his Vincentian confreres, the Daughters of Charity and his family and friends commend him to the Lord, it is with thanksgiving for his 72 years as a Vincentian and 64 years as a priest spent in the service of others. May he rest in peace.