Rest in Peace

Brother Donald Schaefer, MIC (1940-2021)

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Brother Donald F. Schaefer, MIC, died peacefully on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, 2021, at Matulaitis Nursing Home in Putnam, Connecticut. He was 82 years old and professed as a Marian brother for 37 years.

Born in 1940, Donald was the only child of William Schaefer and Mary (Lucas) Shaefer. During his early years, he lived in New York City. He owned a wallpaper and design store and was involved in real estate before entering the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception in Aug. 1983. He professed his first vows on Aug. 15, 1984.

Brother Donald was immediately assigned as assistant treasurer (bursar) at Marianapolis Preparatory School in Thompson, Connecticut. By Dec. 12, 1984, Br. Donald was appointed interim co-development director. After the Mar. 6, 1985 announcement, Br. Donald became the driving force behind the building of the chapel and dining facility attached to the main building. The chapel was dedicated on Nov. 4, 1989 and the dining room was opened on Jan. 15, 1990.

During his time at Marianapolis Preparatory School from 1984-2001, Br. Donald fulfilled the duties of treasurer, registrar, resident director, development director, and admissions director. He influenced the lives of hundreds of Marianapolis' students and their families.
For the Marian Community, Br. Donald served as provincial councilor, provincial treasurer, house councilor, and house treasurer. Most of his religious life was spent at the Marian House in Thompson, and he endured many medical challenges over the years.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Fr. Timothy Roth in the Marianapolis Preparatory Chapel on Dec. 13. A second Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Very Rev. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, provincial superior, on Dec. 14 at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

"Brother Donald utilized the talents and abilities that God gave him completely for the benefit of others," Fr. Kazimierz said in his homily. "He came to serve. He was always concerned about the financial resources for the school and the community.

"Brother Donald was a builder," he continued. "Wherever he went, he started building, whether the chapel at Marianapolis or the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine here in Stockbridge. Generations of students, pilgrims, and Marians will benefit from his projects."

Interment followed in the Marian Cemetery on the grounds of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.

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