In Memoriam


Rev. Salvatore “Sal” Henry Cuccia, O. Praem.

September 1, 1940 – November 17, 2018

Fr. Salvatore Cuccia, O. Praem.

Fr. Salvatore Cuccia, O. Praem.

Fr. Cuccia, age 78, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on November 17, 2018.

Fr. Cuccia was born on September 1, 1940, in Madison, Wisconsin, to John and Anne (DiSalvo) Cuccia. His home parish was St. Joseph Parish, Madison.

In 1963, Fr. Cuccia received a B.A. degree in philosophy from St. Norbert College, De Pere, and in 1968 received a degree in theology from Marquette University, Milwaukee.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on August 28, 1958. He professed Simple Vows on August 28, 1960, Solemn Vows on August 28, 1963, and was ordained to the priesthood on September 1, 1966. He celebrated 50 years of priestly ordination in 2016.

Fr. Cuccia was a faculty member at Archmere Academy, Claymont, Delaware, from September 1967 to June 1986, where he taught theology. He was associate pastor at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Baltimore, from June 1991 to April 2000, as well as associate pastor at St. Norbert College Parish from 2000 to 2012. He then was named administrator of St. Norbert College Parish from 2012 to 2015.

Since 2007 Fr. Cuccia served as house superior at St. Norbert Abbey. As house superior, he had a wonderful gift of bringing people together to share in Norbertine celebrations. He was the chaplain for the Norbertine Associates and co-chaplain of St. Norbert College Department of Alumni and Parent Relations.

Fr. Cuccia is survived by the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey; two sisters, Laura (Dean) Collins and Vincy (Mark Deur) Cuccia; niece Laurean (Thomas) Butcher; two nephews, John (Julie) Collins and David (Allison) Walford, as well as many grandnephews and a grandniece.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements

Visitation will be held at the Church of St. Norbert Abbey beginning at 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, 2018, with Vespers of the Dead – Reception of the Body and concluding at 9 p.m.

Visitation will continue at the abbey on Monday, November 26, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial, expressing our faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection, will be held in the abbey church on Monday, November 26, 2018, at 11 a.m.; Very Rev. Bradley R. Vanden Branden, O. Praem., prior of St. Norbert Abbey, will preside at the funeral liturgy; Rev. Stephen J. Rossey, O. Praem., will serve as homilist.

Burial will follow immediately in the St. Norbert Abbey Cemetery.

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

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Rev. John Lawrence Bostwick, O. Praem.

August 14, 1946 – October 21, 2018

Fr. John Bostwick, O. Praem.

Fr. John Bostwick, O. Praem.

Fr. Bostwick, age 72, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on October 21, 2018.

Fr. Bostwick was born on August 14, 1946, in Cleveland to John and Ann (Mihlan) Bostwick. His home parish was St. Richard’s Parish, North Olmsted, Ohio.

Graduating in November 1968 from St. Norbert College (SNC), he received a B.A. in theology. In May 1979 he received an M.A. in counseling from St. Mary’s College, Winona, Minnesota, and a Th.M. in spirituality from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California, in October 1990.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on August 28, 1964. He professed Solemn Vows on August 28, 1974, and was ordained to the priesthood on September 11, 1976.

Fr. Bostwick was a member of the faculty at Prémontré High School, Green Bay; Abbot Pennings High School, De Pere; and SNC. He served as a counselor at Prémontré High School and Notre Dame de la Baie Academy, Green Bay.

In addition, he was house superior of St. Michael Priory, Green Bay, and St. Joseph Priory, De Pere; master of novices and juniors at St. Norbert Abbey; and director of the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey. Fr. Bostwick was an adjunct faculty member at SNC. He resided at St. Norbert Abbey, working in internal ministry.

Fr. Bostwick is survived by the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey; his brother, James Bostwick; and two step-brothers, Larry White and Robert White. He is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Lawrence White; and his brother, Daniel Bostwick.

Arrangements

Visitation will be held at the Church of St. Norbert Abbey beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2018, with Vespers of the Dead – Reception of the Body and concluding at 9 p.m.

Visitation will continue at the abbey on Friday, October 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial, expressing our faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection, will be held in the abbey church on Friday, October 26, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.; the Rt. Rev. Dane J. Radecki, O. Praem., abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, will preside at the funeral liturgy; the Rev. Timothy D. Shillcox, O. Praem., will serve as homilist.

Burial will follow immediately in the St. Norbert Abbey Cemetery.

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

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Rev. Xavier Gerald Gilbert Colavechio, O. Praem.

April 7, 1931 – March 22, 2018

Fr. Xavier Colavechio, O. Praem.

Fr. Xavier Colavechio, O. Praem.

Fr. Colavechio, age 86, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s Eternal Kingdom on March 22, 2018.

Fr. Colavechio was born on April 7, 1931, in Philadelphia to Archibald and Catherine (McCrossen) Colavechio.

In 1948, Fr. Colavechio graduated from Southeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia. He graduated with a B.A. degree in philosophy from St. Norbert College (SNC) in 1952 and continued his education, earning graduate degrees in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, in 1957, and from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., in 1959.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on August 28, 1948. He professed Simple Vows on August 28, 1950, Solemn Vows on August 28, 1953, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 29, 1955. He celebrated the 60th anniversary of his priesthood ordination on June 5, 2015.

Fr. Colavechio taught at SNC for more than 15 years, where he also served as chairman of the humanities division for much of his tenure. He was known to most of the college students as “Rocky.”

He later served as the rector of the Norbertine Generalate in Rome.

In 1989, Fr. Colavechio was one of the original members of the Norbertine Priory of St. Moses the Black in Raymond, Mississippi, where he served as administrator and pastor of St. Mary Parish, Jackson, Mississippi, and vocation coordinator until 2003.

Upon his return to De Pere, he was appointed director of the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey and held that position for two years.

From 1999-2005, he served on the Board of Trustees of SNC.

In 2005, the Norbertine Abbot General appointed Fr. Colavechio to represent the order to a small community of priests who were seeking affiliation with the Norbertine Order. This appointment found him traveling to Sant’ Antimo, Italy, and during his several visits he worked with the community—teaching about the history, customs, and constitutions of the Norbertine Order.

In addition to this, Fr. Colavechio also assisted at St. Agnes Parish, Green Bay, and ministered at the Quad Parishes of Green Bay.

In his later years, he resided at St. Norbert Abbey, working in internal ministry.

Fr. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Colavechio is survived by the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey; one sister, Sr. Regina Fidelis, I.H.M., in Immaculata, Pennsylvania; and three nieces: Patricia Colavechio, Kathleen Colavechio, and Anna Barr, all of Philadelphia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Thomas (Nancy) Colavechio and Rev. Francis Colavechio; and one sister: Sr. Therese Maureen Colavechio, I.H.M.

The Norbertine Community is grateful for the extraordinary care Fr. Colavechio received from the abbey medical and nursing staff.

Arrangements

Visitation will be held at the Church of St. Norbert Abbey on Palm Sunday evening, March 25, 2018, beginning with Vespers of the Dead – Reception of the Body at 5 p.m. and continuing until 8 p.m.

Visitation will continue at the abbey on Monday of Holy Week, March 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial, expressing our faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection, will be held in the abbey church on Monday, March 26, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.; the Very Rev. James T. Baraniak, O. Praem., prior administrator of St. Norbert Abbey, will serve as principal celebrant; the Rt. Rev. Jerome G. Tremel, O. Praem., abbot emeritus, will serve as the homilist at the concelebrated funeral liturgy.

Burial will follow immediately in the St. Norbert Abbey Cemetery.

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

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