Father Charles Frederick Lang, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1903-1956)

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Born Norman Lang on August 17, 1903 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Charles and Alice McKeever Lang. He attended St. George Catholic School and Duquense University. Two of his uncles were Passionists. Father Charles Lang was the first provincial of Holy Cross Province and Father Frederick Lang was pastor of St. Michael’s Parish, Pittsburgh and master of novices. Norman Lang studied four years at the Passionist Preparatory School, Baltimore, Maryland and in 1921 entered the novitiate in Pittsburgh. He professed his vows on August 15, 1922 and was ordained on May 25, 1929 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Newark, New Jersey by Bishop Thomas J. Walsh of Newark. He was assigned as spiritual director to the Passionist students in Scranton, Pennsylvania for three years. He then went on to be a retreat director at the West Springfield, Massachusetts retreat house for three years. Two years followed as spiritual director and preacher of retreats at the Passionist Nuns Convent, Scranton. He then was a preacher of parish missions and renewals for ten years. After that he was made assistant pastor, then pastor at St. Joseph’s Monastery Parish, Baltimore. He then was a member of the retreat staff at Holy Family Retreat, West Hartford, Connecticut. In 1953 he suffered a slight heart attack. Assigned to Pittsburgh in 1953, he died suddenly in Scranton where he had just started to enjoy several weeks of rest.