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ENZLER, Clarence J.

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ENZLER, Clarence J. (Dubuque, IA, Mar. 2, 1910--MD, Nov. 2, 1973). The youngest son of Joseph A. and Katherine Auguste (Shulte) Enzler, Clarence attended LORAS ACADEMY and graduated from LORAS COLLEGE in 1931. He received a three-year fellowship to the Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C. in 1932. This fellowship was awarded annually by the Knights of Columbus to twenty-five young men after a competitive examination. Enzler received his Ph.D. doctorate from Catholic University of America in 1935. (1)

Dr. Enzler taught sociology and economics at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. (2) He was a deacon in the Archdiocese of Washington. Enzler and his wife Kathleen Crowley Enzler were the parents of thirteen children.

Enzler worked part-time as an information specialist for the United States Department of Agriculture from 1937–1972, except from 1943–1945 when he served as the feature editor with the National Catholic Welfare Conference News Service (now known as the Catholic News Service).

Enzler was a frequent contributor of articles on economic questions to various magazines. He also wrote a weekly syndicated column to twenty newspapers was the author of three books including Some Social Aspects of the Depression which was published in early 1939. (3) He is best known for his Lenten devotional booklet Everyone’s Way of the Cross, first published in 1970.

In 1939 he returned to Dubuque to operate the JOSEPH A. ENZLER'S TRUNK AND LEATHER GOODS STORE.

He was the father of Jerry ENZLER.



1. "C. J. Enzler, 29, to Run Store," Telegraph-Herald, September 12, 1939, p. 4

2. Ibid.

3. Ibid.

Clarence J. Enzler. https://www.familysearch.org

Clarence J. Enzler. https://www.avemariapress.com/author/54/Clarence-Enzler/