Father Lawrence Heiman, C.PP.S., requiescat in pace

One of the giants of the liturgical music world died this morning at the age of 93.


  1. I am honored to know Father Larry Heiman since the 1970’s. He was always gracious and a person who stood on the bridge between the old and the new in the liturgy and music to be used during the liturgy. I taught with him in his Summer Master’s Course on Church Music and Liturgy for ten years. With him it was a time in which I learnt at least as much as I taught about the meaning of the liturgy as living in God’s Presence. May he rest in the peace of the Lord! — though I am also sure he would insist on joining in with the choirs of angels and saints in singing the praises of the Lord.

  2. Fr. Larry was my mentor @ St. Joe’s back in the early 70’s. I never realized just how much I learned from him until several years ago. Philip Sandstrom’s comment about singing with the choirs of angels & saints — my bet is he’s Directing them!

    Rest In Peace, Fr. Larry!

  3. I have fond memories of observing Father Larry as he staffed the Rensselaer booth at many NPM conventions. Always one with the Gift of Gab, he met old friends and made new ones over the course of each convention.

    Also, he was always promoting the value of the Rensselaer Program at St. Joe’s, and how participation in the Program would benefit the liturgical life in the parishes.

    Deo Gratias for Father Larry’s decades of service in pastoral liturgy and catechesis.

  4. So much of the minister I today is due to Fr. Larry and his program. I am a proud graduate of St. Joe’s program, and even taught in it one summer. I will miss him tremendously.

  5. What I learned from Fr. Larry was the spirit of true deep Christian hospitality. And that spirit carried over into the Rensselaer program. The meaning of Church as “communio” was lived every day on the St. Joe’s campus while I was there in the late 80s. He was a blessing to our Church.

  6. I spent two summers in the program while discerning a choice of graduate degrees. While I took no classes from him, I can attest that hospitality was one of his great gifts. In 1984, he had an influx of guitarists. I don’t think it was planned at the start of the summer session, but he engaged a very fine guitarist to come and do an extra workshop for us.

    I was impressed with his scholarship, his dedication to music, and his willingness not only to dialogue, but just talk. My impression of the summer program was that it was my first experience of living in an authentic Christian community. I can’t say any other experience has topped it in that regard.

  7. Father Larry was my mentor during my undergraduate years at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, IN.
    What a man! What a musician! What a priest! What an intellectual and scholar!
    I can honestly say that he was a second father to me.
    Because of his faith in me, I am the musician and Catholic that I am today.
    Rest well and in peace, my dear father. You’ve earned it.
    Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

  8. Fr. Heiman accepted me in 1981 for a bachelor’s and master’s in music and liturgy at St. Joseph’s in Rensselaer, IN. I have remained in ministry as a pastoral musician and liturgy director for Little Flower parish in South Bend, IN ever since. My experience at St. Joe’s and my ministry have brought countless blessings. Thank you, Fr. Heiman for your contribution to the Church and to my life.

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