Father Joseph D. Konkel, O.P., Dominican Friar and Pastor Emeritus of Holy Rosary Church in Houston, died peacefully on Sunday afternoon, November 3, 2013, in the presence of his sister, Marguerite Marshall, his Dominican brother friars and friends. He was 82 years of age.|
Father Konkel was born June 15, 1931, in Milwaukee, WI, the fourth of four children born to Joseph R. and Anna Marie [Gurski] Konkel. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother James and his sister Beatrice A. Seliger.
Father Konkel is survived by his sister, Marguerite Marshall of Columbus, Ohio, his sister-in-law Josephine Konkel of Virginia, many nieces and nephews, and his Dominican sisters and brothers at Holy Rosary Priory in Houston, TX.
After graduating from St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, IN with a B.A. in Philosophy in 1953, he served in the U. S. Army on active service 1954-1956 and continued in the Reserve till 1962. He received a M.A. in theater arts from the University of Utah in 1958. Until he entered the Order of Preachers in 1966, he taught at various colleges in the Milwaukee area.
In August 1966, Fr. Konkel entered the Order of Preachers [Dominicans] at the novitiate in Winona, MN, in the Dominican province of St. Albert the Great. He made first profession of vows, August 16, 1967 and completed studies in philosophy and theology at Aquinas Institute in River Forest, IL and Dubuque, IA. He made final profession of vows August 16, 1970, and was ordained to the priesthood on December 5, 1970 at St. Rose Priory, Dubuque, IA.
Fr. Konkel's ministerial life was long and varied. He served as an instructor in homiletics and as a chaplain to Dominican sisters, campus minister at the University of Houston, pastor of St. Peter Church in Memphis, TN, formation director for Dominican students of the Southern Dominican province [which he joined in 1979], campus minister at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, parochial vicar at St. Dominic Parish in New Orleans, and last and longest as beloved pastor at Holy Rosary Parish in Houston, TX, 1995-2009. He retired from active pastoral ministry in 2010.
He loved building and renovating. He left his mark at St. Peter's in Memphis and at Holy Rosary Church and Priory, in Houston. He loved the theater and avidly enjoyed going to the theater, opera and symphony. He also loved cats.
All are invited to a visitation at half past six o'clock in the evening on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Holy Rosary Church, 3600 Travis Street followed by a rosary at seven o'clock, followed by a vigil at half past seven o'clock followed by a continuation of the visitation.
All are invited to a mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at ten o'clock in the morning on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Holy Rosary Church. Burial will follow at a later time. May he rest in peace.
Donations in memory of Fr. Konkel may be made to ""The Southern Dominican Province-Retirement Fund"" or to Holy Rosary Priory.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Nov. 5 to Nov. 6, 2013