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The Rev. Michael E. Ahrensfield
The Rev. Michael E. Ahrensfield, pastor, Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Lehighton, died at his residence on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. He was 64 years of age.
Born in Orwigsburg, Father Ahrensfield is the son of Genevieve C. (Fishola) Ahrensfield and the late Deacon William L. Ahr-ensfield.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sister, Dr. Debra Ahrensfield, M.D.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Mrs. Margaret Laperle (Philip).
Father Ahrensfield attended St. Ambrose School, Schuylkill Haven, and is a graduate of Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary High School, Pottsville.
He attended the University of Scranton, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Mary Immaculate Seminary, Northampton, where he received a Masters of Divinity Degree in Theology.
He was ordained to the priesthood on May 10, 1980, by the late Most Rev. Joseph M. McShea, then Bishop of Allentown, at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena, Allentown.
Father Ahrensfield's first priestly assignment was Parochial Vicar at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Lehighton, followed by Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick Church, Pottsville; Parochial Vicar pro temp, at St. Mary Church, Saint Clair; Parochial Vicar, St. Joseph Church, Reading; Parochial Vicar, Sacred Heart Church, West Reading; Parochial Vicar, St. Patrick Church, Pottsville; Parochial Vicar, St. Margaret Church, Reading; Parochial Vicar, St. Peter Church, Coplay; and Parochial Vicar, St. John the Baptist de la Salle Church, Shillington.
His first pastoral assignment was administrator followed by Pastor, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Gordon; Pastor, Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Tower City, and Immaculate Conception Church, Tremont; and Pastor, Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Lehighton, where he served until his death.
During the course of his priestly ministry, Father Ahrensfield served as Regional Director, CYO Carbon County and East Schuylkill County; Regional Director, Vocations, Carbon County; Professor at Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary High School, Pottsville; Chaplain, Hawk Mountain Council, Berks County; and Advisory Board Member, Cardinal Brennan High School, Ashland
Service: A Mass of Christian Burial for Father Ahrensfield will be celebrated at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, 201 Randel St., Schuylkill Haven, on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at 3 p.m. by his Excellency, The Most Rev. Alfred A. Schlert, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Allentown. Calling hours will be held Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at St. Ambrose Church, from 6 to 7 p.m. A Vigil Service will be held at 7 p.m. Interment will take place in St. Ambrose Cemetery and Mausoleum, Schuylkill Haven.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hillside SPCA, P.O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901. The Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Inc., Orwigsburg, is honored to have been entrusted with arrangements.
Published in Times News on Sept. 12, 2018
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