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Monsignor Daniel R. Hinsperger

About Himself

Monsignor Daniel R. HinspergerI was ordained in 1971 and have worked as a parish priest in both new and established parishes in Hamilton, Kitchener and Ancaster, as Chancellor of the Diocese (the Bishop's representative) and as a secondary school chaplain.

I've found there is such a variety of ways of serving God through His people. Every day is different. There are difficult times, but the joyful times far surpass these.

One of the most important skills is to be able to listen. You have to realize that every person has particular needs and that you have to listen to those needs.

The fact that you're dealing with a wide variety of people brings a different nuance to everything you do — because people are all so different, it makes every experience unique.

[Father Dan retired on June 24, 2015]

Named Monsignor

April 14, 2014

Investiture of Father DanAt the Annual Chrism Mass, which was celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton; His Excellency, Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI announced that His Holiness Pope Francis has bestowed Pontifical Honours on four Priests of our Diocese. Father Talbot, Father Modeski, Father Hinsperger and Father Formosi have been named Chaplains to His Holiness and have received the honorific title of Monsignor. This honour is granted by the Holy Father to Priests who have completed their sixty-fifth year and who have been recommended by their Bishop on the basis of their distinguished leadership and service to Church.

On Sunday June 29th, 2014 the Diocese celebrated the Investiture of Monsignors for Father Rogers Formosi, Father Daniel Hinsperger, Father Raymond Modeski and Father Earl Talbot. The newly named Monsignors received their Parchments from Pope Francis honouring them as Chaplains of His Holiness.

[In spite of the honour, he preferred to be called Father Dan.]


Monsignor Daniel R. Hinsperger

HINSPERGER, Monsignor Daniel Robert

After a life well-lived, I announce my death on July 16, 2015 at the age of 73. With the usual regrets of humanity, I pass into everlasting life to join my parents, Jerome and Florence (Doerr). I am also predeceased by infant brother Donald, and sisters Marilyn (Don) Mann, and Patricia (Frank) Kenkel.

As the last remaining member of my family, I leave to mourn, 13 nieces and nephews, many great nieces and nephews and still more great-great nieces and nephews.

I was born in Hespeler, now Cambridge, May 24, 1942. My early education was in Cambridge, Resurrection College in Kitchener and St. Peter's Seminary, London. I was ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Hamilton on May 8, 1971 at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King.

As Associate Pastor, I served in Holy Rosary Parish, Burlington; St. John the Baptist, Hamilton; Regina Mundi, Hamilton; and St. Ann's in Ancaster. I was Chaplain at St. Thomas More High School, Hamilton in the late '70s and pro tem Chancellor for the Diocese. I was Pastor at St. John the Baptist, Hamilton; founding Pastor of St. Mark's Parish in Kitchener and finally at St. Luke's in Hamilton. I had the honour of being named Monsignor by Pope Francis in 2014.

Over the years, I have served on the Boards of Directors for the Good Shepherd and the Catholic Children's Aid Society; numerous positions in the Diocese and finally as Chair of the Ex Corde Foundation. I express my appreciation to all I have met and with whom I have served over these many years.

Memorial Chalice

MAY 8, 2016

Monsignor Dan was ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Hamilton on May 8, 1971. Forty-five years ago to the day. On that day he received his chalice and paten from his grandmother. After his death the chalice and paten were donated to St. Luke parish, and they were used during this particular weekend Masses. So it was fitting that today a memorial chalice was presented at our 11 am Mass by the Father Sean P. O'Sullivan Assembly of the Knights of Columbus in celebration of Father Dan's life and ordination. Oh, what a Feast of the Ascension!

The chalice and paten were given by the Knights to Father Dan's family, represented by niece Lynn Eastcott and her husband Pat, and niece Sue Riddell. Lynn recalled fondly Father Dan's ordination, even though she was young at the time. The family chose to donate this memorial chalice to Catholic Missions in Canada, and it was gratefully received by Patricia Gyulay, Outreach Officer for Catholic Missions in Canada.

We thank the Assembly for this thoughtful gift in memory of Father Dan, particularly this special occasion of Father Dan's ordination, and were blessed to be together that day as we remember our pastor, our uncle and our friend.

Chalice and PatenPatricia Gyulay, Catholic Missions in Canada, accepts the memorial chalice from Lynn Eastcott, while husband Pat, Sue Riddell, and St. Luke Grand Knight, Gerry Nelligan look on.

The chalice and paten were sent to Fr. Anthony Pangan, the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, (S.S.S.) who oversees six mission churches in the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan. These include:

  • Church of the Holy Family Parish, Radville SK
  • Mission of St. Michael, Bengough SK
  • Mission of St. Joseph, Ceylon SK
  • Mission of Saint Blaise, Lake Alma SK
  • Mission of Saint Eugene, Minton SK
  • Mission of Holy Angels, Pangman SK

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