Father Joseph A.|
Gietl, Pastor of St. Edward Parish in Spring and the Episcopal Vicar of the Northern Vicariate of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston passed away on August 17, 2013. Father Gietl has served as a priest and Pastor in the Houston area since 1978. First at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sweeney, then Sacred Heart in Crosby and next at St. Ambrose in Houston. Fr. Gietl was ordained as a Priest of the Sacred Heart in September 1973 and earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1974. Prior to his Houston assignments, Fr. Gietl had various other duties with the Sacred Heart order throughout the U.S.
Fr. Gietl was born on September 28, 1943 in Detroit, Mich. He is preceded in death by his Mother (Kathleen Dalton Gietl), his Father (Joseph A Gietl) brother (Thomas Gietl) brother in law (John Carter, Sr.) and nephew (Jeffrey Carter). He is survived by his siblings Judy Carter, Bob (Karen), Jerry (Joyce), Dan (Donna), Paul (Kathy), Ginger and Jim (Kathy), 11 nieces, 7 nephews and 17 great nieces and nephews. He attended school at Saint Francis de Sales in Detroit and ultimately graduated from the University of Detroit.
He enlisted in the US Marine Corp in 1966 and served in Vietnam most notably at the TET offensive at Khe Sanh. He was a Marine forever and was honored in 2012 to have the Service Window at the Marine Corps Chapel at Quantico, Va endowed in his name. While in the Marines he earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Father Gietl was a well known and beloved pastor in the Houston area. He led many fund raising campaigns to build churches and schools. His legacy in these pursuits is significant. He also led both the Houston and National Marriage Encounter initiative for a number of years.
Father Gietl will be sorely missed by his family, many friends, parishioners of St. Edwards and other parishes he led as well as the diocese of Galveston-Houston.
Visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and a vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church in Spring, Texas, Monday, August 19, 2013.
Funeral Mass Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at St. Edward Catholic Church at 2:00 p.m., Daniel Cardinal DiNardo presiding.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 18, 2013