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Fr. Samuel Donald Jadin, O. Praem.Fr. Samuel Donald Jadin, O. Praem.

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.

Fr. Prunty

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.

The Joys of Religious Life

By Fr. Stephen James Rossey, O. Praem.

Fr. Stephen Rossey, O. Praem.
Fr. Stephen Rossey, O. Praem.

Sr. Joan Chittister, O.S.B., in her 2017 book Radical Spirit, suggests that communio in religious life is built on relationships, not on simply living alone together. In my 66 years of religious life, I have found this to be true. I’m sure Saints Norbert and Augustine, whose Rule of Life we follow, would whole-heartedly agree. 

In my lifetime in our Order, I’ve had the privilege of living in each of our houses for extended periods of time. Sharing experiences, revealing one’s own inmost thoughts, being provided the best education to utilize one’s talents, traveling to see and experience what one has spent a lifetime teaching about, are but a few of the joys I have been afforded. And all of these pluses of common life did not begin with me, nor end with me. Happiness is about relationships, interdependence, empathy, and care and concern about the well-being of others. 

Left to right: Fr. Salvatore Cuccia, O. Praem., Fr. Xavier Colavechio, O. Praem., and Fr. Stephen Rossey, O. Praem.
Left to right: Fr. Salvatore Cuccia, O. Praem., Fr. Xavier Colavechio, O. Praem., and Fr. Stephen Rossey, O. Praem.

I have counted so many good men as brothers. Tom Hagendorf entered the order at Daylesford in 1955 and came to De Pere after his simple profession to complete college and study theology. We became immediate friends after a trip to our camp in the northwoods where he learned about rustic living after his youth in the asphalt and concrete jungle of South Philadelphia. Sal Cuccia, from our parish in Madison, joined the order in 1958; the same year I professed solemn vows. We bonded quickly over our mutual esteem for cooking and all things Italian. Xave Colavechio, a couple of years ahead of me in the Order, studied theology in Rome and became well-acquainted with the Order’s houses in Europe. We often traveled to Europe together to acquaint Norbertine Associates, college faculty, friends, and confrères with Norbertine customs and traditions. After my return to the abbey in 1984 from my teaching position at Archmere Academy in Delaware, Bart Agar another Easterner, took over the liturgy at the abbey and we spent hours planning liturgies and recalling our times together at the old abbey, teaching in Philadelphia, relaxing at our retreat on Lake Michigan, and daily chit-chats at breakfast with Abbot Tremel. One really never has to be alone in religious life.

“I attribute my length of days and happiness to the joy and gladness of heart I have found in my vocation.”

Consecrated celibacy has given me the ability to share my inmost life with others; poverty has afforded me the opportunity to share my talents with a wider audience than myself; and obedience has made me accountable for my choices and actions. In this process of self-discovery I found that we are all too human. We all have with our warts and foibles; but even with these, I have the ability to laugh at myself and with others, and this makes for a most joyful, satisfying life. 

Sirach writes, “Gladness of heart is life; joy is what gives length of days.” (Eccles. 30:22-23.) I attribute my length of days and happiness to the joy and gladness of heart I have found in my vocation, the apostolate of teaching, and living in common with like-minded giving confrères who help me along the way.

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