- 57 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 27, 1957
- Place of birth:
Monroe, Louisiana, United States
- Date of passing: Jan 10, 2015
- Place of passing:
Monroe, Louisiana, United States
|Let the memory of Father David be with us forever|
This memorial website is created in memory of Father David Thomas Richter, 57, born on March 27, 1957 and passed away on January 10, 2015. He will be remembered forever with love, respect and admiration.
"Missing you more than ever. Remembering you always."
"Father David, cousin and friend, you are greatly missed, but while I shed tears today, I rejoice knowing you are with our blessed Savior. I look forward to the day when we will all be reunited with our dear Lord and those who have gone on before us. When you see Dad, please tell him I love and miss him, too. Love, Carol"
"Father David Richter was my spiritual director for a period of time. When my son committed suicide Father David quoted the Catechism of the Catholic Church and put my fears at ease regarding my son's salvation. Additionally he shared the story about St. Monica's advisor in that her many prayers for St. Augustine would be fruitful. Father also inducted me into the Society of the Brown Scapular. I remember that day and the little ceremony and still wear that Scapular after about 5 years! It's pretty tattered now but I remember my responsibilities in wearing it. I am truly blessed to have shared time with such a gentle, kind soul who always kept his door open for those in need."
"Fr. David Richter was my pastor at Jesus the Good Shepherd, also my confessor, spiritual director and very dear friend. His Novena Holy Card that Theresa Brandle pinned under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit remains on top of my breviary.
As a member of the Vocation Awareness Committee and the ACTS Missions Core Board, I was blessed immensely to have the opportunity to work, plan, consult and, above all, to pray with him.
My last spiritual direction conference with Fr. Richter was the Friday before his mother died. It was most definitely different than any of our other sessions; looking back it was almost like he knew it was our last meeting. After my first spiritual direction conference with him on August 9, 2013, in my thank you note I wrote…
“Thank you most kindly for graciously agreeing to meet with me for spiritual direction. You most definitely fulfilled one of the primary goals of a spiritual director… you gave peace! Our Lord has given me a great grace in providing a Spiritual Director to my soul and at an especially crucial time. May God continue to give you insight into the souls you direct for His Honor and Glory.”
And, he never failed to continue to give excellent spiritual guidance and peace!
As faithful, devoted and diligent he was to all his obligations and duties to his state in life…all he wanted to do was pray! He truly had a heart of pure gold; such purity of intention in all his works and everything that he communicated.
Do not doubt for a minute that this Holy Man of God is not praying continually for everyone he ever knew here on earth and especially the sheep he was called to shepherd!
One of his sheep,
Rebecca “Becky” Healy, OCDS"
"I was so blessed by God to have Fr. Richter as my Spiritual Director for twenty-two years. He taught me so many precious lessons on drawing closer to Jesus, Mary and the Saints. Fr. David stressed the importance of daily prayer and over the years was a great witness to how to pray by watching him before or after he said Mass. He seemed to be constantly praying the Divine Office, the rosary or a Novena. This is why I wrote a Novena after his death (with the help of the Holy Spirit).... for his intercession for special intentions that I had in my life. The first time I said this prayer, it was for nine days before the first Anniversary of his entering into Eternal Life. Since then, I have prayed this Novena nine days before other important dates, like his birthday and then again for Divine Mercy Sunday. All of my intentions have been answered, sometimes with concrete answers and sometimes with Grace to know why God answered my prayer differently from my intention.
I want to share this Novena to Fr David Richter with you today. If you begin it today, December 17th, it will end on Christmas Day. May we all feel Fr. Richter's intercession as he is a member of the Communion of Saints and may we be blessed by his powerful prayers for our intentions!
NOVENA TO FR. DAVID RICHTER
Oh loving and kind servant of God, Fr. David Richter, priest forever.
You who administered to us all the Sacraments of the Holy Church,
who prayed for us daily, and who gave profound example on how
to live our daily lives, please take my petition (state personal intentions) bound in the love and devotion you have for the Blessed Mother, Mary and present it to her most merciful Son, Jesus.
Now that you have entered into your heavenly reward, may you intercede for me to always "do the right thing" in each moment on earth, so that in God's time, I may also enter into His Heavenly Kingdom to be with you and all the angels and saints,
giving eternal praise to the most Holy Trinity. Amen."
"Father David was my not only my pastor but a wonderful friend! Think of him often...and have said his name several times and I stop to say "thanks I know you are praying for me today! Love and miss you!"
"From an unknown contributor:
Father Dave was my pastor and friend. I think of him often, knowing that he is praying for me at the heavenly banquet! He did so much for me and my family teaching me my faith and how to live it, I love you Father."
"Father David was a great man of God. We watch a few Cowboys games together and talked religion some . Him being Catholic and me being Baptist made quite the conversation .One thing that we both agreed on is you either have Jesus in your heart or you don't . His job as well as mine was to make sure as many people as we came in touch with did in fact have Jesus in their hearts . He did a great job of that . He was a good friend . great man of God , and a good Cowboys fan . I miss him a lot as i know many that he came in contact do as well. Bless you Father David , thanks for all you did . Have a great time in heaven . See you soon . ."
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