My Bishop Gave the Homily at Stan Musials’ Funeral Mass

I’ve posted about Bishop Richard Stika a few times in the past. But to be honest, I don’t really know him. I don’t live in the parish close to the Chancery, and none of my children have been confirmed yet (though my oldest will be soon). So I can truthfully write that I have never shaken his hand, been introduced to him, or ever heard him speak in person.

I would suspect, then,  that I am a lot like most of you in this regard. I do know that he follows this blog on Facebook (at least he “liked” the blogs’ FB page at one point), and I know from his own blog that he came from St. Louis, and that he’s a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.  A bishop who likes baseball? What’s not to like?

Then I saw this flash across my Facebook,

and thought to myself, “How cool is that?” And I learned something else about Bishop Stika, from my friend Frank Murphy’s blog. He had been the pastor at Musial’s’ church in suburban St. Louis for a time.

Bishop Stika and the Musials

Naturally, this development made the local news.


Stan’s funeral was this morning, and I hear Timothy Cardinal Dolan was there too.

Thanks to the website put together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Knoxville diocese, here is the print version of Bishop Stika’s homily on the occasion of Stan the Man’s sendoff to eternity. Follow along as you watch Bishop Stika deliver it here,


Bob Costas does a great job with his eulogy too. Watch it to the end.

  • http://msn bill goldman

    I was honored to have seen Stan’s last season. My brother is a lifelong Cardinal fan, so Stan was the first baseball player I knew about. If you look up “class: in a dictionary, you would see a picture of “the Man.” To play so many games and never be thrown out of a game is amazing, but typical of “the Man.” I’m not grieving for the man, rather I’m celebrating his life, and everything he gave to baseball fans and people of all faiths; rich or poor, black, red, Jewish or Gentile. Heaven has added another Saint today. Rest in peace, Mr. Musial. Job Well Done.

  • Maggie Goff

    I have to say when I saw 19 minutes, I hesitated to watch Jay Costa, but I’m glad I did. I was mesmerized. I’m 67 and I loved baseball back then. Joe DiMaggio was on my brother’s paper route. I was at Willie McCovey’s first game in the Majors at Candlestick Park. 24 and 44, Mays and McCovey. Stan was so decent because he put God first. We’d hear his name and we’d get goosebumps. Lots of memories. I’ve got to go find some tissues. Thank you for this.

  • Tom Schenk

    Stan Musial was one of the first heros I had. I loved watching him on Saturday afternoon when they played on NBC. He went about his job with cool and tremdous effencicy. My only regret is never being able to meet him in person.