MILWAUKEE — Fr. Norman R. Oswald who has served the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for more than 40 years retired from active ministry at the end of April. Born in Milwaukee, he studied at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary and was ordained on March 19, 1972.Fr. Norman R. Oswald

He served as associate pastor of St. Mark Parish, Kenosha, from June 1972 through June 1980. He was then assigned associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Milwaukee, from June 1980 until 1984 when he became administrator and team member of the parish, a position he held through October 1990. 

On July 22, 1991 Fr. Oswald became chaplain and pro tem member of the VA Medical Center, Milwaukee and held that position until July 1994 when he was promoted to chief of chaplain services at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, a position he’s held until his retirement last month.

On Monday April 20, he was honored with the Medal of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA for his “long and outstanding service to veterans, their families, and the caregivers at the Zablocki Medical Center.”

During his service at the Zablocki VA Medical Center, Fr. Oswald also served as an assisting priest at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, St. Francis, from June 1998 to June 2000.