Fr. Leo A. Hoying, retired pastor, dies at 80

Rev. Leo A. Hoying (Source: Archdiocese of Cincinnati)
Rev. Leo A. Hoying (Source: Archdiocese of Cincinnati)

Rev. Leo A. Hoying, retired pastor, educator, and chaplain, died on Sunday, May 22.

Fr. Hoying was born on July 10, 1930 in St. Patrick, Ohio. He did his preparatory studies at St. Gregory Seminary and studied theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary of the West in Norwood. He was ordained on May 26, 1956 at St. Monica Cathedral in Cincinnati by then-Archbishop Karl J. Alter.

On June 1, 1956, Fr. Hoying received his first assignment as assistant at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Norwood. He was also an assistant at the following parishes: St. Saviour, Rossmoyne (1961-1964); St. Catharine of Siena, Cincinnati (1964-1968); Holy Rosary, St. Marys (1968-1972) and St. Raphael, Springfield (1972-1974).

During his years of ministry, Fr. Hoying was pastor of the following parishes: St. Raphael, Springfield (1974-1977); Holy Rosary, St. Marys (1977-1989); St. Remy, Russia (1989-1995); Holy Family, Frenchtown and St. Denis, Versailles (1995-2001). Fr. Hoying was also a part-time teacher at Notre Dame High School, counselor at La Salle High School and chaplain at Community Hospital in Springfield, Ohio. Even after his retirement in July 2001, he provided sacramental ministry at Holy Redeemer Parish, New Bremen, and Sacred Heart Parish, McCartyville, and also was appointed temporary parochial administrator of Holy Rosary Parish, St. Marys.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 25, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home in Minster. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at St. Augustine Church in Minster by Cincinnati Archbishop Emeritus Daniel E. Pilarczyk. Fr. Louis Schmit, C.PP.S., will preach the homily. Burial will follow immediately at St. Augustine Cemetery in Minster.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 38th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with almost 500,000 Catholics, and has the eighth largest network of Catholic schools in terms of enrollment. The 19-county territory includes 214 parishes and 113 Catholic primary and secondary schools.

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