His Lordship, Bishop Vitus Huonder, Has Departed This Life

Source: District of the USA

Bishop Huonder has given his soul back to God.

It is with great sadness that we report that His Lordship, Bishop Vitus Huonder, surrendered his soul to God on Easter Wednesday following a series of health problems that proved terminal.

Bishop Huonder was hospitalized on March 19, 2024, the Feast of Saint Joseph. His illness and an accompanying prayer request was made known on March 25th, Holy Monday, which is typically the Feast of the Annunciation. 

From that moment onwards, Bishop Huonder showed himself perfectly docile to Divine Providence, and continually offered his sufferings for the Catholic Church. He also showed constant gratitude toward the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), and in particular its boarding school, the Institut Sancta Maria, in Wangs, Switzerland, where he was able to spend his last years with the profound joy of shepherding souls. To the end, Bishop Huonder lived a life of prayer and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.

Born on April 21, 1942 in Trun, Switzerland, the future Bishop Huonder was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Chur in 1971. After more than three decades of service to the Church, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him bishop of the Chur diocese on July 8, 2007, where he was consecrated bishop two months later. He retired in May 2019.

The SSPX recommends his soul to your fervent prayers so that he may reach eternal happiness as quickly as possible. Details concerning Bishop Huonder's funeral will be publicized in due course.