Fr. Metzger, artist – priest of St. Peter’s colony near Kronau, dies at 73 on his birthday.
Rev. Fr. Henri Metzger, parish priest of St. Peter’s colony, near Kronau, died Friday morning at Grey Nuns hospital, at the age of 73, the anniversary of his birthday.
Funeral service for the widely known artist — priest will be held at 10 am. M.D.T. Monday in the parish church of St. Peter’s colony, and burial will be in the cemetery adjoining the church and the Shrine of Notre Dame de Lourdes, which Fr. Metzger erected in a coulee just north of the church.
Service will be a solemn requiem with Archbishop M. C. O’Neill at the throne, Very Rev. Dean J. M. Heinrich, pastor of Claybank, celebrant; Fr. A. Zimmerman of St. Joseph’s colony, Balgonie, deacon; Fr. H. G. Theunissen, Sedley, sub deacon, and Fr. Joseph Reidy, Sacred Heart parish, Regina, master of ceremonies.
The body will be taken to St. Peter’s church, Kronau, Sunday at 2 pm. There it will lie in state until the requiem Monday moming. A special guard will watch through the afternoon and night of Sunday, and prayers will be recited by the parishioners. Ordained 1901
Father Metzger was born at Grenlelbruck, Alsace – Lorraine, July 15, 1876, educated in the parish school, then took his classics and theological course at Sancti Deo Lati, from 1896 to 1901, being ordained to the priesthood June 29, 1901. Two years later he came to St. Jean Baptiste, Man, and from then on until 1909 was pastor of that parish. From 1909 to 1910 he was at Montmartre, 1910 to 1913 at Mutrie, 1913 to 1916 at St. Joseph’s colony, Balgonie, and in 1916 he went to St. Peter’s colony near Kronau, where he remained until his death.
In his years at St. Peter’s he built a new church, the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, and also decorated the churches of St. Joseph and St. Peter’s with his paintings.
He also found time to do many other paintings, several of which are to be found in churches in the archdiocese of Regina, and in homes in Regina.
He was during his earlier years an ardent hunter, and was recognized throughout the province as an expert with his gun during the migrating and upland game birds seasons.