The Reverend Father Todd Anthony Reitmeyer
May 13, 1969 – May 24, 2006
As I approach my 10th Anniversary on the Feast of St. Anthony this Thursday, I cannot help but post a memorial to my only classmate in the Diocese of Sioux Falls (we were ordained deacons and priests together), the late Fr. Todd Anthony Reitmeyer, who was born on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima in 1969 and died on the Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians (the Patroness of my current assignment in Salem, SD) in 2006 due to a jet ski accident while on vacation in Austin, Texas (his home town). Then-Bishop (of Saginaw, Michigan) Robert J. Carlson celebrated his Funeral Mass, concelebrating with then-Bishop (of Austin, Texas) Gregory Aymond. Fr. Todd was a wonderful Priest and had become a good friend after Ordination (I went to Mount St. Mary’s, Emmitsburg and he to the North American College in Rome). I miss him still. If he hasn’t made it to heaven, may the good God bring him there very soon through the prayers of the Holy Mother of God.
- Fr. M. E. Lawrence
Fr. Reitmeyer’s Obituary from 2006:
Father Reitmeyer was born on May 13, 1969 to David and Phyllis Reitmeyer in Virginia. His father was in the military so the family moved some, but eventually settled in the Austin, Texas area. His father suffered a stroke and died in 1992. He graduated from Texas A&M, and earned a Masters degree in counseling from Northwest Missouri State. His discernment of his vocation led him to meet Bishop Robert Carlson, and eventually Todd moved to South Dakota, living in Faulkton with then pastor Father Terry Anderson for several months before entering the seminary. He attended St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, MN before studying Theology at North American College in Rome.
He was ordained on June 13, 2003 at St. Joseph Cathedral by Bishop Robert Carlson. His first assignment was as associate pastor at St. Michael, Sioux Falls. He then became administrator of St. Michael, Herreid, St. Anthony, Selby and St. Joseph, Eureka where he served from January of 2004 until June of 2005. For the past year he has served as administrator at St. Thomas, Faulkton and St. Boniface, Seneca, as well as sacramental minister for St. Joseph, Orient. He served as spiritual director for St. Margaret Fellowship, the association of Catholic home school families since August 2003.
“I think we all need to be ready spiritually and we have to keep it in our minds that we know not the day nor the hour. I have been thinking a lot about death personally and I want to teach people more about it …”
Fr. Todd Reitmeyer (“A Son Becomes a Father” January 2006 )