RIP: 10/12/2020 - Leutkirch
Fr. Günther Mayer was born on 17 December 1936 at Schwenningen am Neckar. After having studied a few years of his secondary studies in Rottenburg and Rottweil, he came in 1953 to the Salvatorian Minor Seminary at Bad Wurzach to finish them. On 1 May 1956 he started the noviciate in Passau and exactly one year later he professed his first vows. He did his Philosophy and Theology in Rome, where he was ordained a priest on 5 July 1964. During the first 23 years of his apostolic life, Fr. Günther was a teacher and educator at Bad Wurzach. For several years he served in that community as its superior too. In 1988 he became an officer of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated life and Societies of Apostolic Life in Rome, while living in the Motherhouse community. After his time in Rome, in 2008, he accepted a completely new mission: he went to the Philippines as a “grandfather” to help mainly in formation. He was happy to share his life experience and his knowledge of Latin, Italian and Liturgy with our many candidates and scholastics of the East Asian Mission Vicariate. Shortly after his return to Bad Wurzach, in 2014, medical exams made clear that Fr. Günther was sick and a slow but visible deterioration in his health brought him to the point that he was taken to the Ursula Hospital in Leutkirch, where he died on 10 December 2020. A few days later he would have turned 84. Fr. Günther had been a Salvatorian for 63 years.