Cathedral Mourns The Passing of Reverend William Munshower '50


It is with great sadness we share the passing of Reverend William Munshower '50. Father Munshower served as Cathedral High School's Chaplain from 2006 until 2015. He officiated the weddings of countless Cathedral graduates and baptized hundreds of children in our Cathedral family.

"Father Munshower knew everyone on the eastside of Indianapolis," says Campus Minister Charlene Witka. "He had a servant's heart and was there for everybody and tried to take care of them. He was a strong advocate for social justice. He loved the city and loved serving his parishioners in all of the parishes he served."

Dave Worland, Senior Vice President for Mission and Advancement, also knew Father well. "Father Munshower loved his Catholic faith, serving his parishioners at the various parishes he served, being a graduate of Cathedral, and coming back to be our Chaplain for several years until his retirement," says Dave. "He had an awesome memory about each family and the heritage of our students' ancestors who were part of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. He will be greatly missed."

Father Munshower was born on February 23, 1932, and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1950. He was ordained into the priesthood on May 3, 1958. His first assignment was Assistant Pastor at St. Paul in Tell City. Before retiring in 2015, he served several parishes in Indiana:

  • Assistant Pastor, St. Thomas Aquinas, Indianapolis-1963
  • Chaplain, Newman Center, Indiana State University, Terre Haute-1971
  • Pastor, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis-1973
  • Dean, Indianapolis East Deanery; Administrator, St. Agnes, Nashville, and continuing as Pastor, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis-1981
  • Administrator, St. Agnes, and continuing Pastor, Holy Spirit-1984
  • Pastor, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis-1993
  • Sabbatical-1994
  • Pastor, St. Thomas Aquinas-2000, reappointed in 2006
  • Chaplain, Cathedral High School, while being retired from active parish ministry-2006
  • Part-time Sacramental Minister, St. Andrew the Apostle, while continuing as Chaplain, Cathedral High School - 2009

Father Munshower did not pass away due to complications from COVID-19, but his death is nonetheless heartbreaking for all who knew and loved him. 

Please join us in praying for the repose of the soul of Father Munshower. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.

Virtual Prayer Service for Father Munshower