Friar Dismas Veeneman
1942 - 2021
BORN
1942
DIED
2021
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Kraft Funeral Service
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New Albany, IN
Friar Dismas Veeneman

Louisville - Fittingly, Friar Dismas Veeneman belonged to the Conventual Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Consolation - his special gift was consoling people in times of sorrow. He embodied the charism of Consolation, bringing Christ's Peace to the bedside of a dying person, or the living room of a grieving family.

Friar Dismas died September 18, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky. He was born Jerome John Veeneman in Louisville on February 20, 1942. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph Aloysius and Virginia Marie (Ward) Veeneman, and his sister, JoAnn Marie Beatty. He is survived by his brother, Jude.

He graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1960 and later that year entered St. Anthony Novitiate in Angola, Indiana. He professed Simple Vows July 13, 1961 at St. Anthony Church in Angola. He attended Our Lady of Consolation Seminary in Carey, Ohio, where he professed Solemn Vows on July 13, 1964. After graduation, he completed his studies for the priesthood at Assumption Seminary in Chaska, Minnesota, and was ordained on January 4, 1969, at St. Paul Church in Pleasure Ridge Park, Kentucky.

After serving briefly as both a hospital and prison chaplain, Friar Dismas entered pastoral ministry, which had been his life-long goal. He served in parishes in Terre Haute and Clarksville, Indiana; Ames, Iowa; and Louisville.

"He always wanted to be a priest, from the time he was eight-years-old," Jude Veeneman said. "We all did everything we could to make sure that happened. He's going to be greatly missed."

Friar Dismas himself said that God did him a favor in guiding him to the Franciscans, because he found that he loved living in community with the other Friars. But, he added: "I'm not sure he did the other Friars any favor."

"That was Dismas," a Friar said. "He was self-deprecating and aware of his own foibles. He was a larger-than-life guy who filled the room. No matter how you felt about him, you couldn't ignore him. He was a pastor who was always concerned for his flock, defending the least among them even if that meant rubbing others the wrong way."

Traditionally, Dismas is the name of the 'Good Thief' who died on the cross next to Jesus. In honor of his patron saint, Friar Dismas kept a painting of St. Dismas on his office wall.

"He began his ministry working in a prison," another Friar said. "That's an important piece. He also had a lot of energy. And he was very generous - gifting was important to him, although he didn't want gifts himself."

A Friar who lived with him for three years said that people would joke about how difficult that would have been.

"I would laugh too, but he was the kindest person I've known," the Friar said. "If you asked him for help, he would go a step beyond what you asked, or stop what he was doing to accompany you. Those are things I will always cherish."

Visitation for Friar Dismas will take place from 9 to 11am on Friday, September 24, at St. Paul Parish (6901 Dixie Highway, Louisville), followed by the Funeral Mass. There also will be visitation from 6 to 7pm on Monday, September 27, in the Chapel at Mount Saint Francis, Indiana, followed by a Wake Service. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, September 28, at 11am in the Mount Saint Francis Chapel, with interment in the Friars' cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the Province of Our Lady of Consolation, 103 St. Francis Boulevard, Mount St. Francis, Indiana, 47146; or on the Province website: FranciscansUSA.org





Published by Courier-Journal from Sep. 22 to Sep. 23, 2021.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Sep
24
Visitation
9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
St. Paul Parish
6901 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY
Sep
24
Funeral Mass
11:00a.m.
St. Paul Parish
6901 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY
Sep
27
Visitation
6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Chapel at Mount Saint Francis
IN
Sep
27
Wake
7:00p.m.
Chapel at Mount Saint Francis
IN
Sep
28
Mass of Christian Burial
11:00a.m.
Mount Saint Francis Chapel
IN
Sep
28
Interment
the Friars' cemetery
IN
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Kraft Funeral Service
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Father Dismas had a most profound impression on Rita and I during his tenure at St Cecilia's in Ames Iowa. He was a remarkable listener and fantastic homilist who spoke off the cuff with a deep sense of spirituality. I was inspired by his example of dedication of Christian ideals and living. His reward will be GREAT!
William & Rita Mckenna ( St Cecilia's Ames, IA )
Friend
October 22, 2021
I first met Dismas at ISU in Terre Haute through the Pi Kappa Fraternity where he was involved as a mentor to our Chapter. I then got to know Dismas at a deeper level as I converted to Catholicism at St. Joseph´s Church. As a college student putting himself through school it was sometimes challenging making ends meet and I remember, and am still so thankful for, Dismas quietly coordinating behind the scenes and then letting me know of various work available from different families of the parish - always at just the time I needed the help and yet we never discussed it and he always treated me with such respect. After my graduation we would stay in touch and enjoyed many meals together - we shared a love of desserts - and he shared his wisdom and was always a calming force and source of wisdom in my life . I remember his love for collecting KY Derby glasses and trying to get one from each year. Dismas performed our wedding ceremony in Indianapolis in 1996. He had a great sense of humor and I can still hear his wonderful laugh and his booming voice during the Passion plays leading up to Easter. He was a wonderful priest and a great friend. You are missed already, RIP Dismas. With Much Love, Rachel & Tim Vitoux
Tim & Rachel Vitoux
September 28, 2021
Having met Dismas many years ago when he was in Prison ministry here in Waupun, he was everything that was mentioned in his obituary and more. He was a caring and compassionate man who touched many lives. Having married us 38 years ago we now feel glad that we were able to attend his 50th year ordination celebration a few years ago. He will be missed but those who crossed his path are much better people today for it. R.I.P. Dismas
David Godshall
Friend
September 23, 2021
May god bless you &Your family at this time . Fr. Dimas RIP.
Kevin & Sharon Roberson
Other
September 23, 2021
Father Dismas went above and beyond for many of our family members, including me. He was a good priest and a great friend who is truly missed. Rest In Peace Father.
Cindy Wessels
Friend
September 23, 2021
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