Rev. Alexis Luzi
1925 - 2020
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Rev. Alexis Luzi

Rev. Alexis Luzi, Capuchin friar and priest, died on 22 June 2020 at the age of 95.

Alex was born on 11 March 1925, the son of Pasquale and Eufemia (nee Lucchesi) Luzi in Manitowoc WI.

Alex was invested in the Capuchin habit in 1943 and perpetually professed in 1947. He was ordained a priest in 1951.

Alex was on the faculty at St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt. Calvary WI from 1952-1954, and a teaching professor at St. Anthony Seminary in Marathon WI from 1956-1969. From 1970-1978, he was local minister at St. Benedict Friary in Milwaukee and the director of the Community Meal Program there.

Alex retired from active ministry in 1979, but continued to help out at parishes in Milwaukee for the next several years. In 2015 he was transferred to the Capuchin retirement home in Appleton WI.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial was held on Friday, June 26 at 1:00 pm at Holy Cross Church in Mt Calvary.

Alex is survived by his many Capuchin brothers with whom he lived, prayed and ministered for more than 75 years.

The Sippel Funeral Home of St. Cloud, WI is assisting with arrangements; (920) 999-2291 www.sippelfuneralhome.net.






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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Jun. 24 to Jun. 28, 2020.
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June 28, 2020
Alex was a genuine hero to me, connecting with him and Michael Cullen back in the early 70's when I was at St. Francis Seminary College. Working at St. Ben's taught me so much. During my six years in Rome I would visit Alex when I was back in the States and during the summer of 78 I lived at St. Ben's working with their various ministries. In August of 1980, after being ordained by Rembert Weakland at St. John's Cathedral, I chose to have my very first mass at St. Ben's and asked Alex to give the homily. In a way that only Alex could do it, he fashioned his homily around a 'new kind of priesthood' that he hoped I would embrace, one that was committed to social justice and peace. At one point he even exclaimed, "Your Priesthood is dead!" making the point of his new vision of priestly ministry. I recall vividly that not every one in the congregation 'got it' and were shocked by his words, including my parents. We all had a good laugh after that. Alex was a giant and greatly impacted the lives of so many of us. I give thanks for his presence in my life.
Robert Deahl
Friend
June 25, 2020
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Requiescant in pace. Amen.

Deo Gratias.
Deborah Trad Thomson, BSCD
Acquaintance
June 25, 2020
Sorry to hear of the loss.
Ann Stokman
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