Two priest friends: RIP – Father Jeremy Davies and Father Christopher Riehl

Father Jeremy Davies, Catholic has gone to his judgment. Born March 25, 1935. Died November 5 2022 at Walsingham Priory. 87 years old. As a medical doctor early on (from 1967), he did missionary stints in Guyana, Nigeria, Ghana. He was ordained April 15 1974 for the Archdiocese of Westminster, a priest of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Back in the 1990s, he co-founded the International Association of Exorcists. Rest in Peace, dearest Father, my friend and mentor. His words above will tell you in whom he had great interest, devotion. We shall miss him as the Church goes through a severe trial. Hail Mary…

Father Christopher Michael Riehl, ordained a priest of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the Diocese of Knoxville, TN, has more recently been helping care for his elderly parents in Hendersonville, NC. With lots of common priest friends, we met together quite frequently, having extended conversations reaching far into liturgical texts, deeply into theology. Father just died quite young, in hospital, some hours ago as I write this. It was at 10:42 PM on November 10 2022. This concluded an agonizing last battle, weeks long, with diabetes. He received all the Last Rites and ministrations of the Church before passing. Rest in Peace, dearest Father, my friend and mentor. We shall miss him as the Church goes through a severe trial. Hail Mary…

Father Riehl was the one who told me that our Lady asked for a third of the Rosary, every day, that is, five mysteries of the fifteen. To test me on this, he later asked if I had said my Rosary yet today, and I said “So far, two Rosaries.” He asked, “You mean two thirds of a Rosary is all you’ve said? A full Rosary is fifteen decades.” I love that. May your reward be great in heaven, dearest Father.


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12 responses to “Two priest friends: RIP – Father Jeremy Davies and Father Christopher Riehl

  1. sanfelipe007

    A full Rosary for them, today! What a great joy for all to have recourse to the Rosary. “Use it or lose it.”

    I’ll mention your name in there, somewhere, Father.

    We can add in the Luminous mysteries for “extra-credit,” I imagine – it would be like attaching a hand-drawn flower, on a card, to a bouquet of roses for our Mother on behalf of her priests.

    Imagine the smile on her face.

  2. nancyv

    you are a faithful brother priest to ask us readers to pray for Fr. Davies and Fr. Reihl, and I will add their names in our parish “Book of the Dead”, or whatever they call it.
    and I echo sanfelipe007’s sentiments on the Luminous mysteries 🙂

  3. Patar

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear ones, Father. But then again, what a great grace to die in the month of November as they are quickly united to all the souls for whom many, many prayers are said this month. Requiescat in pace.

  4. catherine

    Dear Father George,

    I’m so sorry at the loss of your friends and mentors. May they rest in peace. I will offer up prayers for them.

    God bless you Father George. I hold you in my prayers.


  5. Paul Maliborski

    Father Christopher will be missed here on earth. He was one of the first priest who actually took the time after Latin Mass to explain to my dumb a** what it was all about. He loved that form of the Holy Sacrifice and was so gracious with his explanation of that form of mass that the true believer admired his devotion to satiate the thurst of our savior Jesus Christ. God Bless him, the tears in my eyes won’t stop.

  6. Fran

    Fr. Riehl will be missed. Very holy Priest. Thank you for asking the faithful for prayers for him.

  7. jane

    eternal rest grant unto them and may they intercede for those of us still left in this vale of tears

  8. Jennifer Williams

    Thank you for your prayers and support of my brother, Fr. Christopher Riehl. Here is the funeral information: Wednesday, November 16th on St. Gertrude’s Feast Day. Anna Gertrude is the name of our grandmother. My brother used to say she was a big part of his vocation. The viewing will start at 11:00am at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Knoxville, TN, followed by Mass and maybe a reception. The burial will be that afternoon at a cemetery in Chattanooga, TN.

  9. Mary Jean Diemer

    May they rest in peace

  10. Sandy

    I was blessed to know Fr. Riehl. He was a holy priest. Suffered much. I met his parents a few years back. May his soul rest in peace.

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