Father Michael Klinzing, C.P., Holy Cross Province (1856-1910)

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George Klinzing was born on November 21, 1856 in Kotten, Germany. As a young child his family emigrated to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he became familiar with the Passionists. He entered the Passionist novitiate and professed his vows on September 14, 1874. He was ordained a priest on May 23, 1880 and after ordination was appointed as a seminary professor for approximately seven to eight years. Later he also served as a vice-rector, rector and was elected provincial consultor in the provincial chapter of 1908 even as he was rector of the Chicago, Illinois foundation. During his tenure the monastery was begun and almost completed. Of course he had gained previous experience for such a task as a two term rector in Pittsburgh. He was rector there during the fiftieth anniversary of the Passionist arrival in the United States which cost close to $40,000 and without incurring a heavy debt. Prior to his death he was considered a popular and successful parish missionary and preacher to non-Catholics in churches and public halls. He also preached to religious orders of men and women. He died in Chicago and was buried in St. Louis. His death was carried in many papers throughout the United States.