Fr. Ted Rozmahel
VIKING – Father Ted Rozmahel, a priest of the Edmonton Archdiocese for 50 years, died here Jan. 3. He was 79.
Rozmahel was known for his long involvement with the archdiocese’s Our Lady of Victory Camp on Gull Lake near Bentley.
Born in Viking in 1931, Rozmahel began his philosophy studies at St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton in 1954 and his theological studies in 1956.
He was ordained to the priesthood June 4, 1960 by Archbishop Anthony Jordan at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. He then served as an assistant pastor at the cathedral and at Trochu.
In 1966, Rozmahel became pastor at Mearns where he served for three years before returning to Trochu for a six-year stint as pastor.
He later served as pastor for the parishes at Sylvan Lake, Vegreville and Rocky Mountain House.
He studied in the Credo spiritual development program at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., in 1975-76 before returning to the archdiocese.
Rozmahel began his work at Our Lady of Victory Camp in 1976 when he became pastor of the Sylvan Lake parish. He was also involved with Marriage Encounter, directing retreats and as a spiritual director.
A vigil Mass for Rozmahel, celebrated by Father Nilo Macapinlac, took place Jan. 6 at Holy Heart of Mary Church in Viking. Msgr. Jack Hamilton celebrated the funeral Mass Jan. 7 at St. Joseph’s Basilica.