Father Paul Schloeder dies; served as priest of the Diocese of Sacramento for 33 years

Father Paul J. Schloeder, a beloved priest of the Diocese of Sacramento for more than 33 years, died on June 19. He was 84.

There will be a Funeral Mass on July 10 at 2 pm, followed by a burial at St. Mary’s cemetery.

Father Schloeder was ordained to the priesthood on May 2, 1987 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament by Bishop Francis A. Quinn. He served in various parishes of the diocese throughout his priestly ministry. He has been retired since May 1, 2007.

His last assignment prior to retirement was as parochial vicar of St. John the Baptist Parish in Chico from April 2004 to May 2007. In retirement, he also served as parochial administrator of Holy Cross Parish in Tulelake from January to July 2008.

He served as associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish from July 1987 to October 1989; of St. Anthony Parish in Sacramento from November 1989 to August 1990; of St. John the Baptist Parish in Chico from Feb. 2001 to June 2001 and again from May 2002 to December 2003.

He served as chaplain from August 1990 to May 1994 and from January 1995 to January 1997 at the California Correctional Center in Susanville. He also served as chaplain of the California Medical Facility in Vacaville from May to December 1994; as chaplain from February 1997 to June 1999 at the Patton School of Industry in Ione; and from July 1999 to September 2000 at the Kollie Academy in the Diocese of Santa Rosa.

He did mission work in Kenya from December 2003 to March 2004.

He was parochial administrator of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Burney from June 2001 to May 2002 and of St. Joseph Parish in Rio Vista from March to April 2004.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Father Schloeder studied at St. John’s University there and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He conducted a private practice in veterinary medicine and surgery in New York and California before entering the seminary. He also trained in meteorology in the U.S. Air Force.

Fr. Schloeder spent his last years with his family in San Diego County. Father Schloeder is survived by his 5 daughters -- Irene Torres, Diane Kubitz, Susan Schloeder, Paula Jones, and Carolynne Schloeder -- 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, as well as his nephews and nieces.