Father Franz Hoch was born on May 3, 1942 and was 79 years old. He took his first vows on May 15, 1965 and was ordained priest on December 20, 1970.
He was currently living in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany). He belonged to the Province GER.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing (Ps 23:1)
On December 1, 2021, Fr. Franz Hoch SCJ passed away at the age of 79 in the Sacred Heart Monastery in Freiburg.
P. Hoch was born on 03.05.1942 in Fischerbach in the Black Forest as the ninth child. From 1955: studied at Stegen boarding school. 1961: Changed to the grammar school Handrup (Abitur).
Novitiate in Maria Martental.
1st profession: 15.05.1965 in Maria Martental.
Philosophy and theology in Freiburg. Pedagogy in Cologne.
Priestly ordination: 20.11.1970 in the monastery of Freiburg by Auxiliary Bishop Karl Gnädinger.
From 1970 – Religion teacher and educator in the boarding school in Stegen.
From 1977 – Rector in Stegen.
1988 to 1994 – Rector in the study house in Freiburg.
1994 to 2005 again in Stegen as religion teacher and school chaplain.
17.07.2005: He was honoured as honorary citizen of the community of Stegen.
2006 to 2008: Rector in the monastery of Freiburg.
Most recently he was active in the pastoral care unit on the Glotter (Denzlingen, Vörstetten, Reute, Heuweiler and Glottertal).
Fr. Hoch was a pastor with passion.He did everything with passion and great commitment.
He was open and always demanded collaboration with lay people.
He was very committed in the social field.
In Stegen he introduced the social internship for 11th grade students.
In Freiburg he was co-founder of the “Pflasterstube”, an institution for homeless people.
In 2018, he retired at the age of 76.
Nevertheless, he continued to be active and versatile in the monastery in Freiburg for Confessions,consulting room, church services and pastoral care of the sisters.
We are grateful for the life of Fr. Franz Hoch and for the traces of life he leaves behind.
Our confrere Fr. Franz Hoch left at 14.10 on December 1, 2021 in the Freiburg Convent. Fr. Franz Hoch was born on May 3, 1942 in Fischerbach (Germany). He was ordained priest in the Freiburg Convent on November 20, 1970.
P. Franz was always committed, with great pastoral zeal, especially focused on youth and educational work. A great characteristic of him was his social sensitivity, he founded an institution for the homeless people here in Freiburg.
The last weeks and days were a struggle for him. He did not loose hope, as he still wished to remain with us.
Finally, Fr. Franz’s great desire was to remain here in the friary with the confreres. Thank God,we were able to fulfill this wish. They were intense weeks and days – for him as well as for us. It was all worthwhile. Fr. Franz was always very grateful until the end for every little gesture and help.
Finally, it is we who are grateful for his life and the good he has done for so many people.
It was so good and rewarding to spend the last moments in his company and after his departure, as a conventual community, to pray and sing around him during the afternoon and evening.
May the God of mercy grant our brother Fr. Franz Hoch eternal rest!
(Fr. Marcio Auth)
Am Mittwoch, 01.12.2021, verstarb Pater Franz Hoch SCJ im Alter von 79 Jahren im Herz-Jesu-Kloster in Freiburg.