Condolence & Memory Journal

Philip was my pastor in Pittsburgh but soon became my friend and colleague. He washed both of my children in the water of salvation at the font, and was always available to comfort and encourage me as my pastor and friend.


R. I. P. Father Pfatteicher.


"O Father, deign Thou, I beseech Thee,
To listen to my earthly lays;
A nobler strain in Heav'n shall reach Thee
When I with angels hymn Thy praise,
And learn amid their choirs to sing
Loud hallelujahs to my King."

-Johann Mentzer
(tr. Catherine Winkworth, German chorale: O DASS ICH TAUSEND ZUENGEN HAETTE)

Posted by Pastor Daniel Grimminger, Ph.D - Louisville, OH - Friend   August 25, 2021

I "know" Philip only from his writings on Lutheran liturgy and am especially grateful for his work on LBW, which my LCMS congregation still uses. His books have been a resource for my teaching of liturgy to undergraduates and academic research.
In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection, we commend him to Christ.
Dr. Rhoda Schuler
Professor Emerita, Concordia University, St. Paul

Posted by Rhoda Schuler - Saint Paul, MN - Acquaintance   July 12, 2021

In the Fall of 1968 I was a freshman at East Stroudsburg State College in Pennsylvania. Dr. Pfatteicher was my English Lit Prof. He was brilliant, understanding, and challenging. I never expected that this son of Philadelphia would help to lead this son of Philadelphia into minsistry. In recent years I finally decided I should write to him to share with him that his writing in theology, liturgy, and faith, would have a great influence in my life. A long journey for both of us, even though our contact was limited. You were a great blessing in my life.

Posted by Rev. Paul G. Huebner - School   June 30, 2021

Your father performed my marriage at Trinity Lutheran Church in S Phila and baptized our first child there also back in the early sixties. Will always remember him fondly. God´s blessings to you all!

Posted by Sandy Sheets    June 28, 2021

In 2011 I had Dr. Pfatteicher for a class I took a Nashotah House Theological Seminary as part of my STM program. I still use his notes on the church year as I teach for my own alma mater at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne. A very nice and gracious man. I enjoyed my brief time with him and treasure the teaching he imparted.

Posted by Rev. Don Engebretson - Antigo, WI - Student   June 27, 2021

Prayers abound -- Dr. Pfatteicher has given so much to so many. Thank God his wise counsel remains. Condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by Rev. Dr. Joseph A Donnella - Other   June 26, 2021

Philip made many unheralded contributions to the church, not least his work on the LUTHERAN BOOK OF WORSHIP. Always he showed a linguistic skill, an historical understanding and an ear for wordings. I am honored to have know him and worked with him.

May he now rest from his labors in perpetual light.

The Rev Eugene L Brand, ThD

Posted by Eugene Brand - Cleveland, OH - Coworker   June 25, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss,my heart goes out for you and your family.

Posted by paul Lisacki - woburn, MA - Coworker   June 25, 2021

Rest in Peace

Posted by Anthony (chip) Acchione - Springfield, PA - Family   June 25, 2021

Fr Pfatteicher was very kind to me when we were at the Advent together. I've been away for a while but I remember him with great affection. My best to all his family.
Virginia

Posted by Virginia (Ginnie) Pierce - BROOKLINE, MA - Friend   June 25, 2021