On Sunday, April 15, Fr. Marco Tasca, Minister General of the Order, visited the oldest friar in the world, Fr. Maurus Hauer, who turned 100 this past October. Fr. Maurus shared his vocation story and his gratitude to God for all that He has done for him over the years.
Fr. Maurus worked full time until he turned 92, serving for most his life in the Southwestern United States. For a few years in between, he was pastor at St. Anthony Parish in Clarksville, Indiana.
Fr. Maurus came to the Mount as a high school student in the 1930s. He
professed solemn vows as a Conventual Franciscan August 17, 1942. He was ordained on February 24, 1945 at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio.
We thank God for the gift of Fr. Maurus to Our Lady of Consolation Province.
We are inspired by his example of service and devotion. He has touched the lives of thousands of people, from baptism to funerals, and continues to pray every day for his friends, his parishioners, and all who ask for his prayers.