WASHINGTON (August 22, 2000) -- Msgr. Donald E. Heintschel, former Associate General Secretary at the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/U.S. Catholic Conference, was remembered as a legal scholar and pastoral leader, in remarks after his death August 22.
Msgr. Heintschel, who had been a priest of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, died in the early morning after a lengthy illness. He was 75.
Msgr. Heintschel was an Associate General Secretary from 1982-1989. In addition he had been a member of the NCCB/USCC's National Advisory Council and had served as an expert to NCCB committees on canonical affairs and pastoral research and practices.
Msgr. Heintschel had a distinguished career as a canon lawyer. He was president of the Canon Law Society of America from 1972 to 1974 and executive coordinator of the society from 1974 to 1980. He chaired the Association of Catholic Learned Societies and Scholars from 1976 to 1980.
After leaving the bishops' conference he served as Director of Communications for the Toledo Diocese.
"Msgr. Heintschel combined the insight of a legal scholar and the sensitivity of a warm pastor," said Msgr. Dennis M. Schnurr, NCCB/USCC General Secretary. "His understanding of Church law led him to provide valuable service to the work of bishops' conference. His kindness as a pastor made him a co-worker valued by everyone."
A vespers service was slated for August 27 and his funeral for August 28 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at the Sisters of St. Francis Motherhouse, in Sylvania, Ohio, where he had been chaplain for the last seven years.