March 25:Father Nicholas Neusius


March 25, 1940

Father Nicholas Neusius

Father Nicholas Neusius, one of the last pioneer priests of the diocese, was born in Hellendorf, Germany, on June 24, 1859. He received his education at St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s, Kansas; St. Benedict’s College, Atchison, Kansas; and St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Pioneer Bishop Fink ordained him on February 10, 1886 for the Diocese of Leavenworth. He worked in the following Kansas towns: Hanover, Leavenworth, Pittsburg, Paola, and Parsons. Since he was stationed in Parsons in 1897 when 14 eastern Kansas counties were added to the Diocese of Wichita, he became a member of the clergy of this diocese. His last work before being forced to retire in 1915 due to poor health was the building of the present church of St. Patrick’s in Parsons. He spent the remainder of his life at St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and at St. Anthony Hospital in Dodge City, Kansas, where he died on Easter Sunday, March 25, 1940. “In the death of Fr. Neusius, the diocese has lost another veteran priest who was a link between the pioneer age and our modern day, a first link in the chain that stretches over 54 years of diocesan history.” (The Advance Register, Mar. 30, 1940).