January 12, 2016

Rev. Raymond Aydt

The Reverend Raymond A. Aydt passed away on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­Jan. 5, 2016, at St. Vincent’s Continuing Care Center, Bismarck, at the age of 94.  
Father Aydt was born Oct. 7, 1921, in Minneapolis, Minn., the son of Bernard and Barbara (Schellhammer) Aydt. Father Aydt was raised in Minnesota where he attended Ascension School in Minneapolis from 1927-1935, and then Nazareth Hall in St. Paul from 1935-1941. He studied at St. Paul Seminary from 1941-1942, and continued his seminary studies at St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colo., from 1942-1946. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Bismarck, at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck on June 11, 1946, by the Most Reverend Vincent J. Ryan.
Father Aydt’s first assignment in the Diocese of Bismarck was as an assistant of the Church of St. Mary in Bismarck until Dec. 17, 1949. For a short time, he served as administrator of the Church of St. Martin in Huff.  He then became pastor of the Church of St. Theresa in Carson. In August of 1955, he was appointed pastor of the Church of Our Lady of Consolation in Alexander for two years. Father Aydt was appointed assistant administrator of the Churches of St. Joseph in Williston and St. John the Baptist of Trenton from 1957-1958.  He was then appointed pastor of the Churches of St. Philomena of Glenburn, Holy Family of Deering, and St. John of Lansford for several months.
In March of 1959, Father Aydt became the pastor of the Churches of St. Jerome in Mohall, and St. James in Sherwood until 1967, at which time he was appointed pastor of the Churches of St. Joseph in Williston, and St. John the Baptist in Trenton, where he served until 1974. He then became the assistant at these two parishes until 1992. Father Aydt’s last assignment was that of parochial administrator at the Church of St. Boniface in Grenora until Nov. 2013, where he then retired to the Emmaus Place in Bismarck. He later moved to St. Vincent’s Continuing Care Center in Bismarck.
Father Aydt also served as the chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Williston from 1957 - 2013. He also served as the chaplain to the Civil Air Patrol in Williston.
Father Aydt is survived by seven nephews and their families and his brother priests.  
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Barbara Aydt and Bernard Aydt; his brother, Leon Aydt; and his sister-in-law, Mary Aydt.
Mass of Christian burial was held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck, with the Most Reverend David D. Kagan, Bishop of the Diocese of Bismarck, as the main celebrant and the priests of the Diocese of Bismarck concelebrated. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bismarck.
Visitation was held from 4 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, where a rosary began at 6:30 p.m. and a vigil service was at 7 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be given to the Priest Benefit Association or the Diocese of Bismarck – Emmaus Place.
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