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Father Steve Remembered

Fr. Steve Baumbusch was born in Columbus, Ohio. He is a graduate of the former PIME Saints Peter and Paul High School Seminary in Newark, Ohio. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Detroit, and studied theology at the ...Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Following his ordination in 1983, he spent six years as a teacher and dean at Sts. Peter and Paul High School Seminary. In 1989, he began a six-year stint as PIME US Regional Superior at the regional headquarters in Detroit. During his tenure as Regional Superior, he initiated the formation of the PIME mission in Cuanacaxtitlan, Mexico, among the native Mixtec Indians, PIME's first mission in Mexico. From 1995-1998, he served as Formation Director for PIME's college seminarians in Detroit. In August 1998, Father Steve left the United States and was assigned to the Philippines (Columbio, Sultan Kudarat).

A Final Farewell and a New Beginning

As I was leaving to go back to Florida I made one last stop at St. Joseph's Cemetery, the day after Fr. Steve's funeral mass, to spend a moment in quite reflection and prayer.

I was reflecting on one of the most moving moments for me that took place in Our Mother of Sorrows Chapel at St. Joseph's Cemetery as each priest sprinkled his casket with Holy Water.

We each gave him our Final Blessing. The top of his casket was now covered with Holy Water. I was also reflecting on how it was a cloudy day both in the Philippines and in Ohio, the day of his funeral masses. God held the rains back giving us each a chance to say our farewells, but once we laid Steve to rest the rains finally came on that new day that dawned, it was God now sprinkling the waters on him. Not as a farewell but as a new beginning in the Kingdom that awaits us all.

The last visit I had with Steve. It's the day I created this site for his Sky Dive video in January 2009

How appropriate, we went to an Italian Restaurant near my house.