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Fr. Alfred Aloysius McBride, O. Praem.

December 12, 1928 – October  23, 2020

Father Alfred Aloysius McBride, O. Praem., age 91, 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 23, 2020.

Fr. McBride was born in Philadelphia on December 12, 1928 to the late Charles and Mary (Shannon) McBride and raised by his Aunt Mary Courtney, whom he regarded as his mother. He felt a call to the priesthood early in his life at his home parish of St. Patrick’s in central Philadelphia.

He entered the Norbertine Order and was vested as a novice on August 28, 1946. Two years later he professed Simple Vows on August 28, 1948 and began teaching English and Latin at St. Norbert High School in De Pere. In 1950 he received a Bachelor in Philosophy from St. Norbert College in De Pere.

Fr. McBride professed Solemn Vows on August 28, 1951 and was ordained to the priesthood on June 20, 1953. For his first assignment, he was appointed the Associate Pastor of St. Joseph Church in De Pere while continuing to teach at the high school.

In 1958 he was asked to be the celebrant of the Mass on WBAY AM/FM radio, which he did for seven years. When the new St. Norbert Abbey was built in 1959, Fr. McBride became the first Novice Master.

He was sent to Brussels, Belgium in June of 1963 and obtained a diploma in Catechetics from the Lumen Vitae Institute. He earned a Doctorate in Religious Education from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1972. Fr. McBride was the founder and Executive Director of the Department of Religious Education at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) from 1972-1979. He received the NCEA Board Award for distinguished service.

In 1983 Fr. McBride traveled to New Mexico and became the President of the University of Albuquerque. Upon receiving an invitation to Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Catholic Bishops, he was appointed to write the catechesis in preparation for the second pastoral visit to the United States of Pope St. John Paul II in 1987, and also to be a Special Representative to the media during that visit.

Fr. McBride was appointed the Ecclesiastical Assistant for the United States in 1989. He served as consultant to the Archdiocese of Boston for the implementation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and was a Professor of Homiletics and Catechetics at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. In 1992 Fr. McBride became the Spiritual Director for the U.S. branch of the World Wide Mission called the“Aid to the Church in Need”.

In 2003 Fr. McBride celebrated his Golden Jubilee as a priest and decided to return home to De Pere and rejoin his confreres. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by both St. Norbert College in De Pere and Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC.

He lectured and wrote widely, publishing 68 books and about 200 articles. Fr. McBride was listed as a most influential educator in the database of Christian Educators of the 20th Century. He was a humble man, always thankful to God for his remarkable gift of writing.

Fr. McBride is survived by the Norbertine Community; cousins: Edward Dougherty and Therese Dougherty and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents and aunt, Mary Courtney.

The Norbertine Community would also like to thank the nurses at St. Norbert Abbey and everyone at Unity Hospice who cared for Fr. McBride.

Arrangements

The Norbertine Community will privately celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial expressing our faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection.

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

Fr. Rowland Charles De Peaux, O. Praem.

July 4, 1926 – September 16, 2020

Father Rowland Charles De Peaux, O. Praem., age 94, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on September 16, 2020.

Fr. De Peaux was born on July 4, 1926 in Green Bay, WI to the late Louis and Helen(Paral) De Peaux. His home parish was Annunciation in Green Bay.

Answering God’s call, he entered St. Norbert Abbey and was vested as a novice on August 28, 1944. He professed Simple Vows on August 28, 1946 and Solemn Vows on August 28, 1949. On May 19, 1951 he was ordained to the Priesthood. Fr. De Peaux celebrated his 65th jubilee in 2016.

Fr. De Peaux attended Central Catholic High School, Green Bay, WI where he graduated in 1944. In 1948, he graduated from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI with a Bachelor in Philosophy. His dedication to the study and teaching of foreign languages led him to teach French and Spanish at Southeast Catholic (Bishop Neumann) High School, Philadelphia, PA in 1952.

He then returned to WI to attend the University of Madison. After completing his Masters in French in 1956, he taught French and Spanish at Premontre High School, Green Bay in 1957 and St. Norbert College, De Pere in 1960. In 1970, Fr. De Peaux received his Doctorate in French/Spanish from the University of Madison.

In 1978, Fr. De Peaux became a member of the Board of Education for Abbot Pennings High School, De Pere, WI while working at St. Norbert College. Then in 1985 he also became a board member for the Diocese of Green Bay, Catholic Social Services. After retiring at the age of 65, Fr. De Peaux continued to serve as advisor to a national fraternity and chaplain to the College Alumni Association.

He is survived by the Norbertine Community; one sister, Emerine Rondeau; one brother, Lloyd De Peaux; sister-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

Fr. De Peaux was preceded in death by his parents and one brother-in-law.

Arrangements

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2020 from 1:00-4:00pm in the east lobby of the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts on the St. Norbert College campus, 315 Third St. De Pere, WI 54115. Face masks are required and social distancing will be observed. At a later time, the Norbertine Community will privately celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial expressing our faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established at St. Norbert Abbey.

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

Fr. Samuel Donald Jadin, O. Praem.,

February 1, 1931 – February 2, 2020

Reverend Samuel Donald Jadin, O. Praem., age 89, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, Wisconsin, and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on February 2, 2020.

Father Jadin was born in Luxemburg, Wisconsin on February 1, 1931, to the late Edward and Tillie (Vincent) Jadin. His home parish was St. Kilian in New Franken, Wisconsin.

After graduating from Central Catholic High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Father Jadin entered the Norbertine Order and was vested as a novice on August 28, 1948. He professed
Simple Vows on August 28, 1950.

Father Jadin attended St. Norbert College in De Pere, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy in 1952. He continued his theology studies at St. Norbert Abbey and professed Solemn Vows on August 28, 1953. He was chosen to attend the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy for doctoral studies in theology. He was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on June 29, 1955.

Over the next 29 years, Father Jadin served as a faculty member at several higher education institutions including St. Norbert College; Benedictine University in Illinois; Madonna College and Siena Heights College in Michigan (where he was also a chaplain); St. John’s and St. Cloud
University in Minnesota; and Aquinas Institute of Theology in Iowa.

In 1984, he returned home to St. Norbert Abbey for a year. Father Jadin was appointed House Superior at St. Michael Priory in Green Bay. He undertook a new ministry of adult education and conducted classes in scriptural studies in diocesan parishes. He remained involved in diocesan marriage preparation programs both in the Green Bay area and Minnesota. Father Jadin also served as Campus Minister at St. Cloud University in Minnesota.

For the next 21 years, he was chaplain at Holy Family Convent in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He retired to St. Norbert Abbey in 2012.

Father Jadin is survived by the Norbertine Community; his siblings: Norbert (Joan) Jadin, Bernice Rukamp, Gerald (Sandy) Jadin, Donna (John) Daniels, and Linda (Larry) Puylaert; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother-in-law, Clarence Rukamp.

Arrangements

Vespers of the Dead and Reception of the Body will be held at the church of St. Norbert Abbey on Friday, February 7, 2020 beginning at 7:00 p.m., followed by visitation until 9:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial 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.

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