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KNOERNSCHILD, Father John, O.Carm. Died Nov. 14, 2010 in Naperville, IL. Visitation from 5 - 7pm and Mass of Christian Burial at 7pm on Friday, Nov. 19th at St. Jane Frances De Chantal Church, 13001 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606. Committal at Noon on Saturday, Nov. 20th at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City, CA 90230. Fr. John was born in Los Angeles, CA, on Oct. 26, 1944. He entered the Carmelite Order in 1962 and was ordained a priest on May 23, 1970. Among his assignments: teacher at Joliet Catholic High School in Joliet, IL; teacher, counselor, Principal and President at Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, CA; Counselor at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, IL; Vocation Director for the Carmelite western region; and Director of the National Shrine of St. Therese in Darien, IL. He is survived by his mother, Mary, his brother Joseph, and his sisters Jean Campbell and Joan Knoernschild.
Memorials in honor of Fr. John Knoernschild may be made to the Society of the Little Flower, 1313 Frontage Road, Darien, IL, 60561, or the Carmelite Mission Office, 8501 Bailey Road, Darien, IL, 60561. Holy Cross Mortuary 310-836-5500
Published in the Los Angeles Times from November 18 to November 19, 2010


As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."