Today, Nov. 6, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the appointment of nine priests as new monsignors under the title of honorary Chaplains of His Holiness. Among them, our very own Father George Strausser, in residence here at St. Francis de Sales for nearly four years and beloved among parishioners for his great humility and dedicated service to the sick.
From his earliest days in ministry, Father Strausser exhibited a special love for the sick. He paid special attention to the people in hospitals and nursing homes in his parish assignments and in 1985 he was assigned as a full-time Catholic hospital chaplain. In 1996 he began service at a University City parish, St. Agatha-St. James, which had responsibility for serving three major hospitals in the West Philadelphia area.
He continues that service today for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, while residing at St. Francis de Sales Parish.
“Father George” is known to thousands of patients and their families each year to whom he offers healing in sickness and comfort in sorrow.
Best wishes and many congratulations, Monsignor George!