MAHONY TO OFFICIATE AT KIEFER FUNERAL.
Cardinal Roger Mahony will celebrate a funeral Mass today for the Rev. Msgr. Thomas Kiefer, pastor emeritus at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, who died Oct. 30. Kiefer was 87.
Kiefer founded Bishop Amat High in La Puente in 1957. During his priesthood, Kiefer served at Sacred Heart in Covina and St. Anthony in San Gabriel. He also served at Mary, Star of the Sea in San Pedro and St. Michael in Los Angeles.
From 1971-75, he was pastor and high school principal at St. Genevieve's in Panorama City.
Kiefer was appointed pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in 1984 and served there 16 years.
``He should be remembered as a compassionate man who was always dedicated to the church and dedicated to the Gospel,'' said the Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Gallagher, the current pastor at St. Charles Borromeo. ``He was a gentle and nice man and a hardworking priest. He loved the people. He was a really good shepherd.''
Sister Mary Bride, O.S.B., retired dean of girls at Bishop Amat and a longtime friend of Kiefer's, described him as a dedicated priest and inspired educator.
``His sermons were warm and homey. He will be remembered for his ability to create a community. Every group he touched became a family,'' she said.
Arthur Thomas Kiefer was born on Sept. 20, 1919, to Arthur T. Kiefer and Maude L. Seeds in St. Louis. He graduated from St. John's Seminary in Camarillo in 1946, and was ordained that year.
Tod Tamberg, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said Mahony will preside over the funeral Mass, which will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 10828 Moorpark St., North Hollywood. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.