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Father Edmund J. Klimek

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Senior Priest Chaplain

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Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation
900 W. Clairemont Ave.
Eau Claire , Wisconsin 54701
United States

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Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • St. Aloysius Grade School
  • St. Francis Major Seminary
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Klimek became a priest chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. His appointment coincided with the beginning of the pastoral care movement in Catholic health care. He became deeply involved at the state and national levels in promoting chaplaincy work to ensure the hospital chaplain is viewed as an integral part of the health care team. In 1972, he created the Pastoral Care Department at Sacred Heart. He was a passionate advocate for the Sisters and helped to ensure their recognition as chaplains by the newly formed National Association of Catholic Chaplains.
Crossing lines of faith, he worked with non-Catholic patients and their pastors, extending an ecumenical ministry that served the entire hospital population. To further that work, he developed the Night Chaplaincy program in 1974, bringing together clergy members from 30 different denominations to care for patients and families.
Klimek developed the Triniteam, an outreach program that now extends to those in prison.
In 1977, he developed a cancer residency program for clergy, a three-day training program held twice a year for clergy of all faiths to improve counseling services to cancer patients.
Klimek lead the creation of "The Healing Place," Sacred Heart's free grief and bereavement center. Over his 45 years in hospital ministry, he has been at the bedside of thousands of patients at the moment of death. He readily says that he feels most needed when he journeys with the dying patient.
Daily he touches the lives of vulnerable individuals who come to him with personal concerns and problems. He offers compassion to patients, families, hospital staff, physicians and community members alike.
Klimek turned their lives around by offering a listening ear and heart. Through his generosity of spirit, he brings respite to the suffering, dignity to the disenfranchised and hope for the terminally ill and their families, ever mindful of doing so with the utmost fidelity to the mission of Jesus.
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WEAU - Father Klimek - Headlines
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Father Klimek laid to rest (9/5/13)
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The life of a man known as "father" was celebrated Thursday when hundreds gathered to say ‘goodbye.;
Father Edmund Klimek passed away last Wednesday at the age of 85.
Father Klimek's final resting place is at the Calvary Cemetery in Eau Claire.
“It's just an honor to be part of having the whole celebration of life for Father Klimek,†Linda Velie, catering director at Florian Gardens said.
Father Klimek received many accolades on a local, state, and national level during his lifetime. He grew up on a farm in Arcadia, and graduated from St. Aloysius Grade School. He entered St. Francis Minor Seminary at age 15. In the fall of 1947, he went to St. Francis Major Seminary to receive philosophical and theological training.
About six years later, Father Klimek was ordained to the priesthood at La Crosse Holy Cross Seminary. Among his early assignments were assistant at St. Lawrence Parish in Wisconsin Rapids, instructor and athletic director at Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids, administrator of Holy Rosary Parish at Sigel, and Pastor at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Independence. He oversaw the building of a new $500,000 elementary school for SS.
In 1969, Father Klimek was appointed administrator of St. Bridget's Parish in Springfield, and Chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. At the hospital, he created the Department of Pastoral Care, and appointed its Director. He once said that it "should be a bridge between the hospital and the patient's church. He held that role for nine years before resigning and becoming Senior Priest Chaplain.
Father Klimek was appointed Diocesan Coordinator of Health Affairs for the Diocese of La Crosse in 1972. Thirteen years later, he and the late Father Lawrence Dunklee started serving as co-coordinators for the diocese, and continued until Father Dunklee died in 2011. Father Klimek resigned from the appointment later that year.
In 1989, Father Klimek Helped to develop Sacred Heart's bereavement center, The Healing Place. It provides an outreach service for the community in helping those who have lost loved ones. Pope Benedict XVI named Father Klimek "Monsignor," a member of the Papal Household, in 2005.
In June of this year, Father Klimek was honored with the Catholic Health Association's "Lifetime Achievement Award," which is typically reserved for influential Catholic health care executives. He recently marked 60 years as a priest, and 45 at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Sacred Heart Hospital names Father Klimek Healing Presence Award recipient & Physician of the Year, 7 May 2013 [cached]
Father Klimek Healing Presence Award.
"Through her ability, sensitivity and compassion, Mike has consistently demonstrated a way of caring that embraces the sacredness of every human being," said Father Edmund Klimek, senior priest chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Father Klimek Healing Presence Award is the highest honor that a hospital colleague can receive, and recognizes a long-term colleague who has dedicated his or her life to being a humble servant of the sick. These recipients emulate the spirit of Father Klimek, who has served patients at Sacred Heart for 45 years.
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Anyone who has come through the doors of Sacred Heart Hospital during the past 38 years has no doubt had the privilege of encountering Father Edmund Klimek.
Father Klimek was ordained a priest of the Diocese of La Crosse on May 16, 1953.He was a pastor and a teacher for 15 years before coming to Sacred Heart Hospital as a priest chaplain in June of 1968.He formed the Department of Pastoral Care in September of 1972, and was its Director until 1979, when he turned the administrative role over to Sister Augusta Sperl, in order to devote himself full-time to direct ministry of patients, families, and staff.
For over 30 years, Father Klimek has served as the Bishop's Liaison for Health Affairs for the Diocese of La Crosse.In November of 2005, Pope Benedict XVI bestowed upon Father Klimek, and seven other priests of the Diocese of La Crosse, the Papal Honor of "Chaplain to His Holiness," bearing with it the title of "Monsignor," in honor of their service to the Church.
Father Klimek is known first and foremost as a holy man who cares about all people.He offers genuine concern and never-ending compassion to everyone with whom he comes in contact: patients, their loved ones, hospital staff, and area clergy alike.Father Klimek reaches out, in the name of Christ, to all those he meets.
Sacred Heart Hospital to hold annual Blessing of the Animals on October 7, 17 Sept 2012 [cached]
Father Edmund Klimek, senior priest chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital, will perform the blessing in a brief ceremony.
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