Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

jaenicke2WEST HARTFORD – Father Alfred J. Jaenicke, a resident of St. Mary Home in West Hartford, died on Dec. 11.

He was born on July 25, 1927, in New Haven, the son of the late Alfred H. and Catherine T. (McKiernan) Jaenicke. He graduated from New Haven High School in 1944 and studied at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield before going on to the St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.

He was ordained on May 27, 1954, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by Auxiliary Bishop John F. Hackett.

Father Jaenicke assisted at Holy Angels Parish in South Meriden from 1954-61, St. Gertrude Parish in Windsor from 1961-64, SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Waterbury from 1964-67 and St. Thomas Parish in Waterbury from 1967-72. He was co-pastor of St. Thomas from 1972-1976.

Father Jaenicke was co-pastor and administrator of St. Gertrude Parish beginning in 1976 and was named pastor there in 1981. He was Pastor of St. Michael Parish in Hartford from 1987 until his retirement in 2000.

Father Jaenicke was the Scout chaplain for the Meriden council area, the Hartford Deanery vocation director in 1962, chaplain for the Catholic Interracial Council in Waterbury in 1964, and dean of the Farmington Valley Deanery in 1982.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on Dec. 17 at St. Michael Church. Father Kevin J. Gray, Pastor of Sacred Heart-Sagrado Corazon Parish in Waterbury, was the homilist.