November 20, 1922December 8, 2012

Msgr. Henry George Bauer was born on Nov. 20, 1922 in KCMO to Henry S. & Cecelia (Schreiber) Bauer. Fortified by the sacraments of Holy Mother Church, he died peacefully at Research Hospital on Dec. 8, 2012 after a long & fruitful life. Visitation on Thurs., Dec. 13, 2012 from 8:30-10am at St. Bernadette’s Parish with Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 10am. Interment following at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Survivors include his sister, Rose Marie Edwards & many cousins. Msgr. Bauer was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest on April 4, 1948. He was honored twice with ecclesiastical elevation; first to Papal Chamberlain on Feb. 27, 1961 & Domestic Prelate on July 13, 1968. He was proud to have served as President of the National Catholic Cemetery Conference from 1960-1966. He was the Director of the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph from 1958-1981. Through the long years Msgr. Bauer served as Assistant Pastor at St. Agnes Parish, Springfield; Sacred Heart Parish, KCMO; St. Lawrence Parish, Monett; St. Mary’s Parish, Indep.; & Administrator of Holy Family Parish, Leeds (KCMO). He had been Pastor at Nativity BVM Parish, Indep.; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Raytown; Visitation Parish, KCMO & St. Bernadette Parish, KCMO. Msgr. Bauer retired from parish administration in June of 1991. From that time he was active in raising money for the Christian Foundation for Children & Aged. He also was a frequent visitor to select missions in Africa & South America. Wherever he went he brought gentle competence & dependable wisdom. Msgr. Bauer was widely admired by his parishioners, peers & friends. Condolences to


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Richard Hays

December 16, 2012

I had interactions with the good Monsignor twice; first at St. Mary's (while in grade school in the late 50s) and later at Nativity B.V.M. parish after my family moved in the early 60s. Each encounter was nothing short of goodness. Rest In Peace, Monsignor, and thanks for the memories.

December 14, 2012

I met Msgr. Bauer and his sister Rosie along with several of their many friends in 1992 on a trip my husband and I took to the Copper Canyon in Mexico. It didn't take long to become close friends with them which has lasted to this day. Msgr. was truly a great person in every way. He was generous, kind, devoted to family, friends, parishioners and the Church and besides was loads of fun. All his many friends are a testiment to this fact. I admired and respected him for his faithfulness and caring spirit. He was an advocate for CFCA and is responsible for countless children and aged across the world being sponsored by this organization, including me. He was truly one of a kind and I will forever remember him as a role model and miss him. I feel certain he is enjoying a gin and tonic with all his old and new friends for happy hour in heaven.
Patricia Hillis
Little Rock, AR

December 14, 2012

Msgr.Bauer was a big part of the Surprise family lives! We spent many wonderful years with him at Nativity! I'm sure Mom and Dad welcomed you to heaven with open arms!! Love Connie Surprise Kramer and the rest of the Surprise family

Ray & Connie Bolten

December 14, 2012

Rest In Peace Monsignor Bauer, He married my husband & I in 1965 we were the last marriage performed in the old Nativity Church, he was an awesome person and will be missed by all.

Judith Goetting

December 13, 2012

Msgr. Bauer often offered Mass for the Medjugorje Prayer Group at the Sisters of St. Francis after he was in retirement.
May he Rest in Peace.

Teresa Miller

December 13, 2012

Msgr. Bauer married my husband and I 24 years ago. We also had the privledge of having pre cana classes with him also. He was so loving, kind and welcoming. Thank you for your beautiful ministry. Rest in peace, Teresa and George Miller

Alice Bauer Dennis

December 13, 2012

So very sorry to hear about Msgr Bauer. I was always so proud to call him my cousin. My sincere condolences to RoseMarie. Alice Bauer Dennis

Glenn Kresge

December 12, 2012

I just received the news about Msgr. Henry G. Bauer going home to be with his Lord and Savior; I am sure Jesus gave him a very warm welcome, “Will done my good and Faithful servant.” I met Msgr. Bauer and Fr. Brad Offutt in a very terrible time of my life; I was homeless, jobless with almost no hope. I moved to Kansas City for a job, and I had a boss that did not like me and told me he was going to make sure I left that job one way or the other. He was right! I had no where to go, no family, no friends, absolutely nothing. I was attending church at an Assemblies of God Church, but never felt welcome or wanted there; Needless to say no help from them. I was riding down the road with no money no gas in the car and I was hungry, so very hungry. I looked over and saw Saint Bernadette church and pull in for the Mass service. I was not Catholic, but my view of Catholics was a good one. I grew up watching Bing Crosby playing a Priest who helped everyone who needed it. Moreover, the priest he portrayed was a great servant of God. I had friends that I grew up with that were Catholic and I used to attend Mass with them; the Catholic Church was right next to the Methodist church I was baptized in. In the Methodist church when we would recite the Nicene Creed and got to the part: “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.” my Catholic friends kept telling me I was in the wrong church; the Methodist uses the Nicene Creed too. Now, back to my testimony: Well, that day I met two Priests that reminded me of Bing Crosby; Fr. Brad Offutt and Msgr. Bauer. I was helped by these two Priests beyond what words can describe, and I was brought into the church by their guidance. I was given food, money and I stay at the rectory for a time. Matter of fact, I left behind my world Globe; Msgr. Bauer kept it by the fire place in the Rectory's living room. The Catholic Church and Saint Bernadette Parish along with two godly Priests that I met is a testimony of the Catholic faith and the Priests that serve without fear, favoritism or prejudices, all with the Love of Christ. I pray that the Catholic Church will be blessed with more Christ like servants like these two Priests from Saint Bernadette Parish. They are my kind of heroes! Please convey my heart felt condolence to Saint Bernadette Parish along with my prayers and thanks for saving a homeless man so long ago. In closing, please feel free to share this with the Parish, and send them my sincere thanks for their generosity so long ago.

Charles & Alice Bauer

December 12, 2012

We love you and will miss you.

Marilyn Fellows

December 12, 2012

Msgr. Bauer was the pastor at Nativity when we moved to that parish. He was with us many years there and several of my children were baptized or made their first communions by him. He was a wonderful person.