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Fr. Brian John Prunty, O. Praem.

January 16, 1936 – January 4, 2020

Father Brian John Prunty, O. Praem., age 83, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, Wisconsin, and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on January 4, 2020.

Fr. Brian was born in New London, Wisconsin on January 16, 1936, to the late Francis and Margaret (Murray) Prunty.

His call to priesthood came while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school. In 1956, he enrolled at St. Norbert College and entered the Norbertine Order a year later. Fr. Brian was vested as a novice on August 28, 1957. He professed Simple Vows on August 28, 1959; Solemn Vows on August 28, 1962; and ordained to the Priesthood on June 5, 1965.

In May of 1961, Fr. Brian graduated from St. Norbert College, De Pere, with a B.A. in philosophy and second and third majors in social science and secondary education. He received an M.A. in sociology from De Paul University, Chicago, Illinois in June of 1971 and a B.A. in medical science in the Physician Assistant Program at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri in 1983.

Fr. Brian became a faculty member in the 1960s – 1970s at the following schools: Premontre High School, Green Bay, Wisconsin; St. Martin de Porres High School, Detroit, Michigan; and St. Willibrord Catholic High School, in Chicago. He served as Pastor at St. Willibrord Parish and became President/Chief Administrator of the high school.

In, 1983 Fr. Brian worked as a Physician Assistant at Cook County Jail and Hospital in Chicago and ministered at various Chicago parishes. His medical skills and passion for diversity ultimately led him to more than 20 years of work there. He also volunteered at a neighborhood free clinic but wanted to do more.

Fr. Brian then joined the Norbertine mission (hospital, clinic, parish and secondary school) on the Napo River, deep in the Peruvian rainforest in 1987. There he served as a Physician Assistant/Medical Missionary at Santa Clotilde on the Rio Napo in Iquitos, Peru. Three years later, Fr. Brian returned to Chicago and resumed his ministry at Cook County Jail Hospital.

In 1995, he became Associate Director of Formation and House Superior at the Holy Spirit House of Studies, Chicago, IL. At the same time, he served on the Abbot’s Council, the Order’s Personnel Board and as a member of the St. Norbert College Board of Trustees.

He became Pastor at St. Norbert College in September of 2002, and House Superior at St. Joseph Priory, De Pere, WI. He continued to teach at the college until 2010. He retired to St. Norbert Abbey in 2014. 

Fr. Brian is survived by the Norbertine Community; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Jane (Tom) Schermitzler and Margaret (Frank) Klegin; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother and sister-in-law, James (Roberta) Prunty; and one sister, Phyllis Jarecki.

Arrangements

Vespers of the Dead and Reception of the Body will be held at the church of St. Norbert Abbey on Friday, January 10, 2020 beginning at 7:00 p.m., followed by visitation until 9:00pm. Visitation will resume on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. until the Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. expressing our faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection. The Rt. Rev. Dane J. Radecki, O. Praem., Abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, will preside at the Funeral Mass.

Burial will be in the St. Norbert Abbey Cemetery at a later date. Ryan Funeral Home, De Pere is in charge of the arrangements.

Sebastian Robert Schalk, O. Praem.

December 6, 1923 – October 3, 2019

Sebastian Robert Schalk, O. Praem., age 95, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on October 3, 2019.

Sebastian was born on December 6, 1923 in West Allis, WI to Ruth and Paul Schalk. His home parish was St. Aloysius in West Allis, WI.

He attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI for two years before joining the Navy.For the next three years he trained as a WWII Radar Technician and served on various Navy ships. After serving his country, Sebastian completed his B.A. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1948, and began discerning religious life.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on August 28, 1955. He professed Simple Vows on August 28 1957, Solemn Vows on August 28, 1960 and was ordained to the Priesthood on September 1, 1960.

Sebastian served on the faculty at Abbot Pennings High School in 1961 teaching German and Science. After one year he was assigned to St. Norbert College where he taught Physics. In 1964 he attended graduate school at UW-Madison, and received his M.S. degree in Physics in 1966. He returned to St. Norbert College where he taught until 1982. During this time, he also assisted the college’s engineering services and physical plant staff.

After many years of teaching, Sebastian became a student again, studying Spanish at the Mexican-American Cultural Center in San Antonio, TX, eventually joining the Norbertine missions in Peru in the fall of 1982. He served the parish of San Norberto, Lima as Associate Pastor and Administrator for more than ten years. After spending one year in the Norbertine foundations of Mississippi and New Mexico, he returned to the Peruvian missions as Associate Pastor of San Marco Parish and assisted with the electrification of three satellite chapels.

Sebastian returned to the United States in 1999 and resided at St. Moses the Black Priory in Mississippi where he was active in Hispanic ministry as well as hospital and prison ministry. In May 2014, Sebastian retired at St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, with occasional sacramental ministry.

He is survived by the Norbertine Community; one brother, John Schalk; one sister, Ann Rickert; sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

Sebastian was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and sister-in-law, Richard (Florence) Schalk, William Schalk, Francis Schalk; sister and brother-in-law, Rosemary (George) Lardner; and brother-in-law, Thomas Rickert.

Arrangements

Visitation will be held at the Church of St. Norbert Abbey beginning at 7:00pm on Monday, October 7, 2019 with Vespers of the Dead – Reception of the Body until 8:30pm. Visitation will continue on Tuesday at 9:00am until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am expressing our faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection. The Rt. Rev. Dane J. Radecki, O. Praem., Abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, will preside at the Funeral Mass.

Burial will be in St. Norbert Abbey Cemetery after the Funeral Mass, weather permitting

Ryan Funeral Home, De Pere, is in charge of the arrangements.

Angelo Joseph Feldkamp, O. Praem.

May 3, 1942 – March 12, 2019

Angelo Joseph Feldkamp, O. Praem., age 76, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on 12 March 2019.

Angelo was born on 3 May 1942 in Wrightstown, WI to Hilary and Ethel Feldkamp.  His home parish was St. Clare Parish/St. Paul Site in Wrightstown, WI.

He received a B.A. degree in Latin from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI in 1965 and a M.S. degree in Counseling from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1975.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on 28 August 1960.  He professed Simple Vows on 28 August 1962, Solemn Vows on 28 August 1965 and was ordained to the Priesthood on 21 December 1968.

Angelo was Director of Camp Tivoli, Cecil, WI from 1971 – 1975. He was a faculty member at Abbot Pennings High School, De Pere, WI from 1968 – 1990 and at Notre Dame Academy, Green Bay, WI from 1990 – 2002.

He ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­is survived by the Norbertine Community; brothers Lawrence, David (Pat), one sister, Karla (Vernon) Gebhart, numerous nephews and nieces-in-law.

Angelo was preceded in death by his parents; Hilary and Ethel Feldkamp.

Arrangements

Visitation will be held at the Church of St. Norbert Abbey beginning at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 with Lauds of the Dead – Reception of the Body. Visitation will continue until 4:00 PM.  The Mass of Christian Burial, expressing our faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection, will begin at 4:30 PM. Rt. Rev. Dane J. Radecki, O. Praem., Abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, will preside at the funeral liturgy.

Burial will be in St. Norbert Abbey Cemetery at a later date.

Ryan Funeral Home, De Pere, is in charge of the arrangements.

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