I found this while searching on the internet to learn what Father Bill thought of the new Pope. I learned about Agape Love from Father Bill while at Sacred Heart Church and am grateful for that wisdom. I note that less than two months after Father Bill's death, Francis of Argentina (as he might be called if ever a Saint) was washing the feet of a Muslim female youth detainee. Agape love in action. Thank you Father Bill
My sympathies to Father Bill's family. I was shocked to find out about his passing. He baptized my son at St. Margaret Mary 19 years ago! I have followed his spiritual adventure over the past several years. Here's to you Fr. Bill hope you are enjoying the "adventure" - see you on the other side! May you rest in peace!
I am saddened to hear of Fr. Bill Hausen's passing. I met him while he was at Sacred heart parish in Shadyside. I lost touch with him in recent years, but I'll never forget his maverick spirit, his inclusiveness, and his sense of humor. I enjoyed attending his faith sharing meetings and credit him with helping me to see God from an an adult perspective rather than the childhood vision I had carried for so many years. He helped to understand that God is love and that we find God in our relationships. To this day I remember his homilies about Agapic love (selfless love). Fr. Bill touched my life and altered my direction as he did for so many others. To have changed lives with your own is a great accomplishment. Rest in peace Fr. Bill.
What a testimony these tributes are to Fr. Bill's life. His ministry touched so many lives, including mine. I have so many memories of him. He married me at Seton Hill; I helped him run his summer camps; he baptized my son. Our lives kept intersecting from St. Johns, to Sacred Heart to St Margaret Mary. He was truly one of the most devoted and idealistic priests I have ever met. My deepest sympathy to Janet and all of his family. He is reaping the rewards of his life on earth in heaven.
Mimi Dapra DiLisio
It saddens me to hear of Father Bill's passing. Sending my condolences too his family. He meant so much too so many. He will truly be missed but never forgot because he lives on thru the lessons he shared with all of us.
Im very sad to hear of Father Bill's passing. He married me and my wife and was a wonderful man. Rest In Peace Father Bill
To Jean, Mary Carol and Janet and families, I was quite shocked to learn of Bill's sudden death. Though we have taken different paths in recent years, each Christmas season we would catch up with each other & it was like picking up a conversation after a comma! We had spoken at some length in early January... still I had no idea that he was in ill health. My memories go back nearly 70 years and remember Bill more as a relative than a neighbor and life time colleague. Best wishes. If you want to connect in the future, you will find me at the University of Notre Dame. Prayers and sympathy to you all. My prayer for Bill is simply that he find in death the peace we all long for in life! With loving memories of all of you, Tom Harvey
I just returned from a trip to California to visit my new grandson and heard the news of Fr. Bill's passing.
I first met him in eighth grade when he came to St. Pius X Parish. He was wonderful and spent a lot of time with my Dad and brothers in the Boy Scouts.
Years later, when I had children of my own, he came to St. Joe's in Mt. Oliver.
He gave both my children their First Holy Communions.
We recently met up with him again at Christ's Hope. He was a great man, an inspiration to all, and will not be forgotten!
Mary Lou (Fogle) Rattay
To the family of Father Bill Hausen:
My sincerest sympathy on your loss and the loss of all Father Bill has served through his many years of ministry. He was a good and holy priest and a good companion to those of us who served with him. I admired both his compassion and his courage. He will be missed.
Peace, and Blessings,
Father Warren Metzler
class of 1964
Heartbroken to learn of Fr. Bill's passing. He was a good man, great priest, and beloved friend. He touched lives unconditionally. There has never been a more dedicated Roman Catholic priest as Fr. Bill and for those of us whose lives he touched, we have been changed. His passing is a significant loss, and he will never be forgotten. Our deepest sympathy to his family and to all of us. Thanks for the memories, Fr. Bill. There will never be another like you...you were the best!
St.Joes, Mt. Oliver
My sympathy to the HAUSEN family. I was devastated to hear of Fr. Bill's passing. I first met Fr. Bill at St Pius X church, he made such an impact on myself and my family, and today I am a 92 year old widow, my children are all grown and married, but I still consider Fr Bill as a close personal friend. The last I heard from him, was in December of 2009 when my husband passed away and Fr. Bill took the time to send his condolences through Fr. O'Shea. I will always remember him! Rest in peace, Fr. Bill, God bless you!
To FB's family, I send my deepest sympathy. We all loved Fr. Bill and will miss him so much. He was a special man that touched the lives of so many. Now FB is at peace and will be remembered for teaching all of us "Unconditional Love."
FB, it was my great pleasure knowing you and having you part of my life growing up. I am a better man because of it. You shared your time, thoughts, help and love with all of those who were around you. My family also have fond memories with you from the times in church, weddings and social events. You are a great man with a heart of gold and will be missed by all but our memories will last forever.
GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!
You were the greatest!you will be next to God in heaven.
It was an absolute pleasure knowing you.You were a godsend to myself and my friends,You single handedly changed a generation of young mens lives for the better in Mount Oliver!You created and restored our faith in God and made us all better men.Were eternally grateful,THANKS MY FRIEND AND I PRAY THAT ONE DAY IM WORTHY ENOUGH TO JOIN YOU IN HEAVEN!GOD SPEED F.B!
To the family of Father Bill.
Please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers.
Father was a good priest and a man who gave his "all" to God.
He will always be remembered and missed very much by everyone who knew and loved him.
Thank you Father Bill for being a part of our lives, you were a blessing from God, sent to help and guide us on our path to Heaven. May you now rest in peace with the Heavenly Father, Jesus, the Blessed Mother & saints, forever and ever. Amen.
Sincerely with prayers,
Rich and Dolores Sippos,
Past Parishioners of St. Joseph Church in Mount Oliver, PA
Rest in peace Father Bill. Watch down over us all and pray for us. You were a wonderful priest.
St. Victor's was so fortunate to have known Father Bill. He energized our church, initiated care for those less fortunate, included the children and held the hands of the elderly and the sick. He had the special gifts of a special priest. God knows what was in his heart, and he is rejoicing with the angels now. We at St. Victor's were never the same after he left. He touched our hearts and our souls. And we hope he is in heaven, where all of the pain and sorrow is gone. Rest in peace Father Bill. You were special.
We are sorry for the loss of Father Bill, he made us feel so welcome at St Victor's when we moved to West Deer. With every word he gave a sense of hope and that tomorrow would prove to be a better day. His kind words inspired all of those that he touched. We hope is at peace now. Thank you Father Bill!
May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. May the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand.
You were there for my family when our dad passed away in 1980. Your words helped us through a difficult time! Rest in Peace my friend!
Father Bill cared more about people than man made rules. He did not just preach the bible, he lived it. Rest in peace Fr. Bill.
Dear Hausen Family,
My husband and I were very fortunate to know Father Bill when he was Assistant Pastor at St. Pius X Church in Brookline. My husband still talks about, to this day, all the wonderful outings Father Bill took the altar boys on at his A Frame up in the mountains. He was certainly a priest to remember forever as, almost 45 years later, my husband is still talking about Father. May you rest in peace, Father Bill. Your inspiration to others will never be forgotten. We will never forget you.
Dear Father Bill,
You were an inspiration to our family and was a wonderful priest. You baptized my daughter,Susan and involved the whole family at her baptism. You will be missed. You are now in heaven with all the angels. I am grateful that you touched of my families iife.
I met Father BIll when I was seventeen. A friend talked incessantly about this wonderful man of the cloth. Truth be told, I was skeptical that any priest could be that beloved by so many young people, and there were many. So one day this same friend invited mw to join 15 other kids and Father Bill for a weekend stay in a winter cabin. Reluctantly I said yes. Father BIll was everything they said he was; loving, kind, patient, understanding, thoughtful. And joyful, did I mention joyful? His heart was filled with it. He never knew the postive impact he had on my life along with so very many others. May he continue in God's grace with a peaceful and loving heart. God Bless him and keep him in your care always. Thank you Father BIll for all you've done for so many.
So sorry for your loss. Father Bill will be truly missed by all
Thanks to Fr.Bill's starting Christ Hope Church, my books-to-prisoners ministry (Spring Grass Book'Em 2) has a home in the rectory basement where volunteers come to mail books to prisoners all over the country! This wonderful place not only helps us volunteers, but also helps thousands of prisoners each year from now on! --They will never know him, but he and his church are a huge blessing to many who have been forgotten about. This is truly one way to "love one another."
Dear Bob, Mary Carol, Jimmy, Jennifer and the entire Hausen family,
Father Bill was a wonderful person. He married Frank and I 33 years ago at Sacred Heart Church in Shadyside. It was a beautiful ceremony that he personalized for us with some very special touches. When he became the pastor at St. Joe's Parish, we brought our sons there to be baptized. Our family thought the world of him and we will always be grateful for his kind and caring ways. May he rest in peace.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Frank and Donna Linnelli
janet moeller MY LOVE AND THANKS REMAIN FOREVER! SO, TOO, YOUR LOVE WILL REMAIN WITH ME FOREVER.
To Father Bill's Family - I am saddened to hear of the death of a good priest and friend Many years ago I considered leaving the catholic church, but after many talks with Father Bill he restored my faith in the catholic religion. I thank him for that I still miss his great sermons at St Joe's Mt Oliver parish because I always received a good message from them. I will truly miss him. God has another angel up there. thanks
Rest in peace, Father Bill. There were many lessons learned because of you. Your foundation was strong. Your beliefs even stronger. Your outreach to others was simply phenomenal. Your wisdom has been instilled among all ages. You will be missed here. God blessed us with you. May God now bless you.
It was a great ride....God bless!
Steve Schuda, Central Catholic '56
Father Bill also served at St Pius X in Brookline before his days at St. Joes. He used to meet with parishioners at my mom's house. We all loved him. He was a breath of fresh air. Rest in peace.
Please accept my deepest sympathy over the death of your family member.
I knew Father Bill from St. Joseph's Parrish, and most recently at my own brother's funeral in January where he attended. He will always be remembered for his chartiable works,love,and encouragement, that he gave to everyone that was lucky enough to have known him. We have lost an Angel here on earth.
Cathy A. Bernotas
My heartfelt sympathy to the family of Father Bill. He was definitely "one of a kind". He always made you feel like you were part of something so much bigger,..we believed in him & loved him. Rest in Peace & God Bless Father Bill.
I read about Fr. Bill a few years ago I had been searching for him because I am starting to believe in the vision he had I wanted to join his church now I read he has passed away I am deeply saddened by this news our Lord has blessed him for his courage my prayer is that what Fr. Bill has started will continue. Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of this amazing man.
Rest in Peace Fr. Bill and thank you for so many wonderful memories of your years at St. Joe's, Mt Oliver. You truly made a difference and your legacy will live on in the many lives you touched.
You will truly be missed. I remember Father Bill from St. Joseph's church. He baptized my youngest son. Heaven truely has an angel now. R.I.P.
BILL HAUSEN You married my daughter forty years ago at St.Johns.
To the family of Fr. Bill,
Thank you all ever so much for sharing the greatest gift God had bestowed on you. Fr. Bill, as to all of you Buzzy was always an inspiration. As I, along with other classmates in Sacred Heart got to see the joy on Janet's face when she spoke of him (quite often I may add). Later on I understood the family bond you all had, as he had always extended it to everyone he came into contact. I remember in the mid 70's when I needed help with a religious matter, Fr. Bill and his associate Fr. Zubick assisted me with that particular problem.
Later in the 1990's I was troubled with my faith on how to deal with my children's education and the Catholic School system. Once again Fr. Bill came to my rescue. I went to talk with him up at St. Mary's on the Mount. His compassion and matter-of- fact was far superior to anything I would have received from many a priest I had known. I am, and will always be grateful for his time, patience and cantor.
His actions, and the way he lead his life of his devotion to our Lord will always remind me of Don Quixote who was willing to march into Hell for a Heavenly cause. I look forward to the day I will be able to see him again in the presences of God and all the angels and saints in Heaven. We all have been touched by God through him and are all better people for it.
So thank you, the Hausen family, thank you.
My sympathy to the Hausen family. I knew
Father Bill from St. Josephs church. He helped so many. He will be missed.
I am so sad to hear of Fr..Bills passing.
I was a Lector at St. Joe's for 21 years
and the best of thoes years were when he
became the Pastor.His Sermons were always
so inspirational. I can't think of enough
words to express my respect for him. I
truely belive he was like a brother to
me.He helped me go back into the Music
Bussiness that I had neglected for many
years.He will be missed by so many people
along wiht his loving family. I believe
we have another spirit in God's Heavenly
Kingdom with Our Lord Jesus to send his
prayers for us. And I believe his prayers
will be that we will be saved so that we
all meet him there to spend eternity in
the presence of the Holy Trinity.
Our condolences to your family. Our memories of Father Bill are those of inspiration, motivation and most of all love. He was more than just a priest, he was a truly wonderful man.
Father Bill will always have a special place in our hearts. He baptized our son while at St Victors and took the time to visit with our family and friends on this special day. He truly was the best priest we had the pleasure of knowing, He will be missed.
Ron, Carolyn, and Ronnie Meder
Father Bill was not only a wonderful human being, but also an inspiration to all those around him.
He not only positively impacted myself, but those of my fellow classmates at St. Pius X.
He will be truly missed.
WE WILL REMEMBER FR.BILL FOR ALL THE GOOD WORK HE DID FOR OUR CHURCH ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST IN PLUM.HE WAS A LIGHT FOR MY CHILDREN AND FAMILY. GOD BLESS YOU.
Deepest sympathy to the Hausen Family on Fr Buzz's family. Many fond memories.
Judy and Earl Brieger
I will cherish your memory Fr Bill! You were a wonderful priest pastor and example! I was so grateful to have known you! Those years so long ago at St Pius X continue to inspire me. Your famy and parishioners are in my prayers!
To the family of Father Bill. During this time of sorrow, please take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you. May the memories that mean the most to you live forever in your heart. Father Bill taught me so much about spirituality; especially that Love is God, God is Love. He shared with all of his congregation that our main job in life is to minister to human hearts by being loving, and discarding our ego. May Father Bill rest in peace. Physical death is like taking off a suit of clothes. Death is not an end but a continuation. Life goes on forever. It always was and always will be. The spirit does not die when the body dies. Father Bill has now found his way home, from the pain to peace, from fear to love, from hell to Heaven. Love, Donna Michele Ulrich
Father Bill will be greatly missed. He was ahead of his time and his sermons were some of the best we ever been to. Our wedding wouldn't have been complete without him. His view on God renewed my faith and for that i am forever Thankful. Until we meet again. God is love.
The Class of "56" Central Catholic High School mourns our loss for our class mate.
Dave Donohue "56"
My first memory of Father Bill was from St John the Baptist, later to find out we were related. As had time for everyone, he will be missed. God Bless.
Leonard & Dolores Z. Kubiak
Dear Fr. Bill,
We will always recall the spiritual music that you played before the early (6:45 AM) Mass at Sacred Heart Church and your thought provoking homolies. You served us well. May you rest in God's loving and Special peace.
Leonard & Dolores Z. Kubiak
My deepest sympathies to the family of Reverend Hausen. I remember him from St. Pius X when I was a parishoner over 40 years ago. He was a comfort to our family during a period of grief, as well as a respected priest to the congregation.
I just saw FB on February 11th, i was so happy to see how great he looked after not seeing him for so many years. we had a sweet conversation and after he left i was left with wonderful thoughts of how lucky we were growing up; our wonderful families and friendships at Sacred Heart school and church. He said how he loved Sacred Heart and there was a sparkle in his eyes. Thanks for everything you taught us. Oh how we all loved you FB, until we meet again.
Thank you for a great eight years Father Bill. You will be missed but never forgotten.
Fr. Bill will be remembered for his love of life and his love of God. I was fortunate enough to have him as the priest at St. John the Baptist in Plum while attending catholic school there in the early '70's. He made Cathoic school so much fun with trips to his cabin, pick-up basketball games, and mission trips to Appalachia. I think every girl in 7th & 8th grade had a crush on him. At the same time, we students, were always respectful of his role as our priest. A role that he took very seriously. In 1980 he married my husband and I at Heinz Chapel. We came from Cathoic & Protestant backgrounds, but Fr. Bill gave us his blessing knowing that our love for each other and God was in our hearts no matter were we attended church. We're still happily married today.
He was a wonderful man who spent his life doing God's work and will be missed!!
Our sincere sympathy to his sister's and family,
Chris (Geier) & Jim Antis
I hope you are finally at peace F.B. I send my love and support to your family. You were such an inspiration in my life. I am very saddend by your passing. I will never forget the good times we had at Christ Hope.
solong for now,to a dear friend,pastor,and teacher,kathy and i will miss u dearly
Father Bill will be missed. I enjoyed him when he was the priest at St. Victors. He is now with the Angels.
Our deepest sympathy to the family. We will always remember Father Bill for the loving and caring person he was.
Bill and Judy Kelley
Dear Hausen Family,
We were saddened to hear of Fr. Bill's passing. May your fond memories of him bring you comfort. He will always be in your hearts.
Rest in peace Father Bill.I believe there are special people that help develop your makeup and FB was one of them. He was an early mentor to me. I think I can say this for many of the St Pius X students whe got to know him.
I met Fr Bill in the mid '60's when he was appointed assistant Pastor at St Pius X Church in Brookline. I was a kid. He was way ahead of his time, drawing in the young people, starting "folk masses", getting involved in the community, walking away from the pulpit with microphone in hand to deliver a homily. Alter boy picnics at his two "farms" (as he used to call them) were unforgettable. He was like no other. Most of what I am today at age 59 I can attribute to him. I still have a Christmas card that he made and gave me back in the '60s that says, "You have touched so many people, especially through your music." I will never forget him, nor will I ever forget the faith that he instilled in me. At every funeral Mass that I served that he led, at the end of his homily, he always said, "Death is not the end; death is not even the beginning of the end. Death is the end of a beginning." RIP my friend. You are finally in Jesus' hands.
To the Family of Father Bill you have my deepest sympathy and my prayers for the loss of your brother and friend. FB was a great man who touched so many lives. He was my pastor at St. Joes and we all just loved him and will miss him dearly ,Heaven is getting a great one.and im sure that everyone that FB knew thats already there will be lined up waiting to welcome a great man Home... We'll miss you Father Bill!!!
Father Bill was and still is an inspiration to me and the Sinclair Family from Shadyside. We will always remember him and his days at Sacred Heart and the impact he had on our lives.
Lucky for some of us that we rekindled those impacts at St. Joseph's.
He was truly Wise, Thoughtful and a TRUE messenger from God.
I can only imagine the conversations he's having in Heaven now. :-)
Rest in Peace Father "BILL"
To Father Bill's family: Just learned of your brother's passing from my sister. I am so sorry. You all still hold a special place in my heart. My prayers for "Buzzy," for your parents, and for you all.
REST IN GOD'S HANDS FATHER BILL...YOU WERE A GREAT MAN,PRIEST AND ROLE MODEL. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU AND ALL THAT YOU DID FOR US AT ST PIUS X.
Rest in peace Brother. The long journey is over. May the martyrs come to greet you and the angels welcome you into the joy of our Father's presence.
I am having a hard time putting in words of what to say. I was very sadden to hear of your passing. You are an Outstanding Man, And Shared many,many words of Wisdom over the years with me. I will always remember you as a Great Friend and not just as a Preist.
May He Raise You Up On Angels Wings.
To the family of Father Hausen,
I was sorry to learn of Father Hausen's passing. His ability to provide spiritual leadership, comfort and support was beyond compare!
My father's funeral occurred during Father Hausen's first week on the job at St. Victor's in January of 1996. He comforted my mother with a loving connection and one would have thought that he had known her all his life, when in fact he had just met her. Eight years later, my wife longed to speak with him as she fought a terminal illness.
He was the best speaker I have ever seen at the pulpit. I looked forward to his homilies each week, and he kept my attention throughout. I especially recall his talk on unselfish love. Not only did he clearly define that concept for his parishioners, he lived it in his life, by doing all he could for others, while expecting absolutely nothing in return!!!
All the while, he made everybody in the parish feel special.
It was an honor to have known him.
Fr. Bill was an outstanding, caring, compassionate minister to all! He inspired many to delve deep into their hearts and souls in order to know God! My grandmother and my mother adored him for his unending spiritual care! I am grateful to him for challenging me to think out of the box when it came to finding new pathways to God! Now, he is with God and I am confident those two are having some engaging conversations! Blessings in abundance are now yours Fr. Bill- thank you for gracing our lives.
rest in peace FB..you will be greatly missed by many...you were an inspiration to me and my family!!