Former St. Maximilian priest dies at age 69

Fr. Smith was born Feb. 5, 1947 in Cincinnati. He did his preparatory studies at St. Gregory Seminary in Mt. Washington and studied theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Norwood. Fr. Smith also received a master’s degree in spirituality from Fordham and Creighton Universities. He was ordained on June 2, 1973 at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral by Archbishop Joseph L. Bernardin.

Fr. Smith received his first assignment on June 20, 1973 as an assistant at St. Bernard Parish, Taylor’s Creek, and teacher at Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati. In June 1975, he was appointed assistant at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish, Monfort Heights, while continuing at Mother of Mercy. In September 1978, Fr. Smith was appointed assistant at All Saints Parish in Kenwood. He also was an assistant at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish, Bridgetown (1986-1989), and at Good Shepherd Parish in Montgomery (2009-2011).

He also served as pastor of St. Columban, Loveland (1989-2003), and St. Maximilian Kolbe, Liberty Township (2003-2009.) During his years of ministry, he also was temporary parochial administrator of All Saints and Good Shepherd parishes, and director of field education at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary as well as director of spiritual formation and director of liturgy at the seminary.

Fr. Smith retired in July 2014.

Reception of the body will take place at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at Good Shepherd Church, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery. Rev. Jack W. Wehman will preside and Rev. Robert A. Obermeyer will preach. Visitation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 10, at Good Shepherd. Rev. Terence A. Meehan will preside and Rev. James A. Bramlage will preach.

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