Rev. George L. Krieger dies at 65 taught art of preaching

A Mass of Christian burial for the Rev. George L. Krieger, S.J., assistant professor of homiletics, or the art of preaching, at St. Mary's Seminary and University, will be offered at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the chapel of the seminary at Roland Avenue and Northern Parkway.

Father Krieger, who was 65, died Saturday at Union Memorial Hospital after a heart attack at the Jesuit provincial headquarters, where he lived.


Teaching at the seminary since 1986, he also served as a mentor and spiritual director to the students preparing for the priesthood.

Earlier, his career was divided between assignments at retreat houses and similar institutions and teaching assignments.


He had worked at the Center for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville, Pa., at Carroll House in Washington and at Old St. Joseph's Church in Philadelphia, where he was retreat director.

He also served in 1976 and 1977 as director of Manresa, the Jesuit retreat house near Annapolis.

From 1983 through 1985, he served as director of the Georgetown University program in Florence, Italy.

He taught art at Gonzaga College High School in Washington and at St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia. He also taught art and education at Wheeling College in West Virginia.

In 1965, he received a master of fine arts degree from Catholic University, where he had studied sculpture.

Born in New Kensington, Pa., but reared in Tarentum, Pa., where he graduated from high school, he studied engineering at

Princeton University while serving in the Navy during World War II.

He also attended the University of Pennsylvania and St. Francis College in Loretto, Pa., before entering St. Mary's College. After earning a bachelor's degree in philosophy there, he entered the Jesuit novitiate in Wernersville, Pa., in 1949, earned a master's degree in education at St. Louis University and studied theology at Woodstock College.


He is survived by a sister, Phyllis DeMerit of Columbus, Ohio.