The Rev. Joseph Andrew Kaiser, who served several Roman Catholic parishes in the Baltimore area after many years of teaching, died of complications of Parkinson's disease Thursday at St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was 82.
The Philadelphia native joined the Christian Brothers order in 1939. He earned his undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees - the last in sacred theology - from Catholic University of America.
After teaching at his order's high schools in Washington and Philadelphia, he taught in and became chairman of the theology department at La Salle University. In 1970, he asked to be admitted to the priesthood, and he was ordained by Cardinal Lawrence Shehan in 1971.
He served at St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Church in Rosedale and St. Elizabeth of Hungary in East Baltimore before being named pastor of St. Augustine Church in Elkridge in 1976. In 1983, he became an associate priest at St. Agnes Church in Catonsville. He was later chaplain at St. Elizabeth's, retiring in 1996.
A funeral Mass was offered Monday at St. Agnes Church in Catonsville.
He is survived by a niece and a cousin.