Friar Joseph Lawrence "Joachim" Kiene

Born: Thu., Mar. 18, 1937
Died: Fri., Jul. 17, 2020


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Thu., Jul. 30, 2020
Location: St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Thu., Jul. 30, 2020
Location: St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

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Friar Joseph Lawrence (Joachim) Kiene OFM Conv. passed away on July 17, 2020, in Angola, Indiana. He was born on March 18, 1937, in Lima, Ohio, and was predeceased by his parents Louis and Pearl (Klapperich) Kiene. He entered the minor seminary at Mount St. Francis, Indiana, in 1951. He professed first vows as a Franciscan Friar Conventual on July 17, 1956, receiving the name Friar Joachim. He professed solemn vows on July 23, 1960, and was ordained to the priesthood on February 22, 1964, at St. Paul Cathedral in St. Paul, Minnesota.
After spending six years in parish ministry, Fr. Joe became a chaplain in the United States Navy and found his true vocation. His Franciscan formation brought out his gifts for hospitality and service to those in non-traditional settings, and he used those gifts to build a deep sense of fraternity and God’s loving presence wherever he served.
“Not long after he began serving in the south Pacific, the head of the base called him in to ask what he was doing,” said Fr. Jim Kent OFM Conv. “The attendance at Catholic Masses had jumped since Fr. Joe had been there, and was larger than any other denomination. It turns out that when he arrived, Fr. Joe visited every individual and family on the chaplain office list, whether they were Catholic or not. He said: ‘I’m Fr. Joe. Let me know if you ever need anything.’”
After seven years of active duty in the Navy, Fr. Joe spent two years as chaplain at the Wisconsin State Prison before being invited back to military duty. This time he was assigned as a chaplain at the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Indianapolis. He would be based there for the rest of his full-time ministry.
“He was very much respected there,” said Fr. Jim. “From the clerical staff to the security guards to the other chaplains – he was known and well-loved by all.”
While working at the VA, he also served as chaplain for the police and sheriff’s departments in Indianapolis.
“One day he was in a grocery store and a man approached him,” Fr. Jim said. “The man told him that Fr. Joe probably wouldn’t remember, but he had come to his home with the police to tell him his son had been killed. He thanked Fr. Joe, telling him how his concern and compassion had meant so much to him and his wife at the worst moment of their lives.”
Fr. Joe retired to the Friars’ community in Angola, Indiana, in 2014, and continued to seek out those in need, visiting and providing the sacraments at nursing homes in the area.
The funeral Mass for Friar Joachim Kiene will be on Thursday, July 30, at 11am at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Angola, Indiana. Visitation will be that morning, from 10-11am in the church vestibule. There will be Special Vespers from the Office of the Dead at 7pm Thursday evening. Arrangements for his burial at Mount St. Francis, Indiana, will be announced later. Memorial gifts may be made to The Province of Our Lady of Consolation, 103 St. Francis Boulevard, Mount St. Francis, Indiana 47146.
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103 St. Francis Blvd., Mount St. Francis, Indiana 47146

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Toni Berglund
   Posted Sat July 25, 2020
Father Joe was my daughter, Lisa’s, supervisor in Chaplin Service at the Indy VA and was loved and respected by her as well as myself and many others there. He was a good person and priest and VA suffered a loss when he left. May he rest in God’s arms now.

Tania Thomas
   Posted Sat July 25, 2020
I worked for many years with Fr. Joe at the VA. He was a very kind, loving and giving man. He was a close friend and he will be missed terribly. He is with God and his Mother now. May he rest in peace.

Timothy Berglund
   Posted Sat July 25, 2020
I was introduced to Father Joe by my wife at the VA Hospital in Indianapolis some years ago. He impressed me as being very kind and my wife Toni was very fond of him. Rest In Peace Father Joe, May the Lord keep you in his loving arms...

Lisa Kiene
   Posted Sun July 26, 2020
I never met Friar Kiene but received a Google Alert this morning given that we share the last name. I read his obituary and am humbled by his lifelong service to others through the church. Coincidentally my father Richard Hotchkiss Kiene, Jr. who was born in 1941 and died in 1988 was nicknamed "Friar Kiene" in college. 4 years Friar Joachim's junior they never met but the real Friar Kiene sounds as he helped so many many lives along his earthly journey. His picture looks much like my paternal grandfather Richard Hotchkiss Kiene, MD who served in the US Navy - also in the South Pacific in WWI. How interesting that two Kienes helped many in the Navy and the VA - one through medicine and one through faith. I hope they meet in heaven and can share stories. May Friar Joachim Kiene rest in peace. Love Lisa Kiene

Debra Lewis
   Posted Mon July 27, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Father Joe’s passing. I didn’t know him personally but remember that as he walked the halls of the VA Medical Center he would always greet everyone with a smile and had a comforting and pleasant spirit. May he Rest In Peace.

Debra Lewis

Barbara Lawless
   Posted Thu July 30, 2020
Fr Joe was chaplain at the VA most of the years I worked there. He was a wonderful man and priest. He was so caring and had such a wonderful rapport with the veterans. I had the deepest respect for him. May he Rest In Peace.

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