The following priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will retire from active ministry June 30. The Catholic Herald will feature the other retiring priests in upcoming issues of the paper.
Fr. Richard J. Aiken was born in Milwaukee and attended St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School, Milwaukee, in 1956, and Saint Francis Seminary, St. Francis. Later, while on sabbatical, he also earned a master’s in Applied Spirituality from the University of San Francisco, 1986.
Ordained May 23, 1970, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee, Fr. Aiken served as associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary Parish, Milwaukee; team member and administrator at Holy Angels Parish, Milwaukee; pastor at St. Nicholas Parish, Milwaukee, with pastoral responsibilities at Holy Redeemer Parish, Milwaukee; team administrator and later pastor at St. Alphonsus Parish, Greendale; pastor at St. Sebastian Parish, Milwaukee.
He served on the Priest (Senate) Council, Priest Personnel Committee, in the Priest District, in many ecumenical endeavors, and as archdiocesan dean. He also worked with the Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) and WISDOM, the statewide community organizing effort.
A retirement reception will be held for Fr. Aiken from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 14 at St. Sebastian Church, 5400 W. Washington Blvd., Milwaukee; RSVP to email@example.com or (414) 405-5303. Coffee and donuts will also be served after the 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Masses on Sunday, June 15.