UPDATE: Fr. Everett Hemann dies

Some of you may remember this story about the Iowa priest diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and how he preached a message of “finding the joy” in the last months of his life.

A reader sent me an e-mail, alerting me that Father Everett Hemann died Tuesday evening.  He was 66.

Watch the final interview with him, from the Des Moines Register, below.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him…


  1. I am so deeply deeply saddened by this but I had the feeling he was not doing to well as I kept checking his blog for updates and there were none.. I lost my mom to this devastating cancer and it’s how it happens.. One week those afflicted are hanging in there seemingly going to do well for a while and then like the flick of a switch it all turns and goes down hill very quickly.. I watched the original video when you have first posted it and something about Father Ev got into my heart.. I prayed for him often as I do tonight .. I am sure those who knew him personally will miss him terribly and are tonight hurting very badly.. What a blessing he was to those who knew him and those who did not.. May he rest in peace through the mercy of God..

  2. Suburbanbanshee says:

    It’s sad for us; but for him, it’s his birthday into eternal life.

  3. I have known and called Fr. Ev Hemann a friend for over 30 years. Thank you for sharing his story.

  4. I worked with Fr. Ev for 13 years and saw him for the last time in October. His dying was truly an example of how to live each day in the light of eternity. I wrote a little about him on my blog: http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com/2012/04/rev-ev-has-passed-to-lord.html
    May the angels receive him into paradise.

  5. He went to sleep. What a great life he lived.

  6. I just read your blog… What a beautiful memorial to a beautiful man..

  7. I was a seminarian for the diocese of Dubuque in the mid and late 80′s, and because of that came to know “Rev Ev”. I have way too many memories and stories to go into now, suffice it to say he was a great priest, man and friend. I know he will be missed greatly by many people. He touched thousands of lives, I am sure.

    Rest in peace good and faithful servant…your work on earth is done.

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