Hispanic ministry priest Lee Selzer dies at age 39 Staff report Thursday, August 16, 2007 Father Lee A. Selzer, director of Pastoral Ministry to the Hispanic Community of Charleston, died Tuesday after slipping into a diabetic coma, the Catholic Diocese of Charleston reported. He was 39. Selzer, who was ordained a priest in 2002, worked at three parishes in the Newberry area before Bishop Robert Baker, concerned about the young priest’s health, recently reassigned him to Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Johns Island, according to the bishop’s office. Selzer had celebrated his first Spanish Mass over the weekend, exclaiming afterward, It’s like being in heaven! according to the Rev. Msgr. Charles Hutson Rowland. He was so happy to be assigned to assist the Hispanic people, whom he loved, Rowland said. And now he is in heaven. Rowland and Selzer had worked together at Holy Spirit in Newberry. This was like a reunion, Rowland said. Selzer’s funeral will be held at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist at 11 a.m. Saturday. The wake service is at 7 p.m. Friday, also at St. John the Baptist.
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