Rev. David Richter

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Very Reverend David Thomas Richter, M.A., J.C.L.

Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Shreveport

Born: March 27, 1957, Monroe, LA

Died: January 10, 2015, Monroe, LA

Rev. David Thomas Richter, 57, the second of four sons, passed away on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Visitation will be held Friday, January 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at St. John Berchman Cathedral. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin Saturday January 17 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John Berchman. Officiating will be Bishop Michael Duca. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery, St. Vincent Ave. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold C. Richter on March, 9, 2013, and recently by his mother, Margaret Browning Richter on January 7, 2015.

David was born March 27, 1957 in Monroe, Louisiana. The Richters later moved to Shreveport in 1965 and David attended Midway Junior High and Fair Park High School. It was while in the 7th Grade that he discerned his call to the priesthood. He began his instruction at the Seminary of St. Pius X where he received his Bachelors in Philosophy. He then attended Gregorian University for 2 years in Rome, Italy. He subsequently completed his Masters of Arts in Theology at the University of Dallas in Irving, TX. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest at St. John Berchman Cathedral on June 7, 1986. He later furthered his education attending the Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C. and received a Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL) in 2006.

His parish assignments included serving as Parochial Vicar at Christ the King Church, Bossier City and St. John Berchman Cathedral, Shreveport; Administrator of Blessed Sacrament, Shreveport; Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Shreveport and St. Joseph Church in Zwolle. His most recent parish assignment was Pastor of Jesus the Good Shepherd, Monroe. Additional assignments included serving as Greco Institute Professor, Chaplain for Catholic Scouting, Master of Ceremonies to Bishop Friend, LSU-Shreveport campus minister, Vicar Forane of the Southern Deanery, Advocate of the Tribunal, Judge and Defender of the Bond, Advisory Member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, member of Northwest Louisiana Emergency Food and Shelter Board (FEMA). Other assignments include Director of Church Vocations, Vicar General for Bishop Friend, Vicar General for Bishop Duca and Moderator of the Curia. David has received the awards of "Clergyman of the Year" by the Knights of Columbus, "Scroll of Honor" from the National Catholic Community on Scouting and the "Brown Pelican" Diocese of Shreveport Catholic Committee on Scouting.

David's interests included literature, art, architecture, history, college and professional football with an unwavering support for the Dallas Cowboys. He was highly regarded by his parishioners as a kind, gentle and deeply spiritual man. He loved and is loved by his family, notably his 10 nieces and nephews. His absence from the lives of his family and friends will be profoundly felt, but tempered, knowing of his devotion to the Lord and his eternal reward.

Rev. David Richter is survived by his three brothers and their wives: Dr. Randy Conrad Richter and Diane Noles of Haughton, Dr. Jon Kevin Richter and Pamela Kinney of Berryville, AR, and Mark Alan Richter and Mary Carriere of Shreveport. Pallbearers will be representing priests of the Diocese of Shreveport.