De Peaux

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.


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.

“Living for Sunday”: The Packers and the Norbertines

December 11, 2016

Fr. James Baraniak, O. Praem. | Photo by Kerry Gross, St. Norbert Abbey

Fr. James Baraniak, O. Praem. | Photo by Kerry Gross, St. Norbert Abbey

Fr. James Baraniak, O. Praem., prior of St. Norbert Abbey and chaplain to the Green Bay Packers, was interviewed by “The Monday Morning Quarterback (MMQB)” about his unique variety of ministries in the article, “The Packers, the Prisoners and the Priest Who Unites Them.”

As chaplain, Fr. Baraniak ministers to the team both at home and on the road, celebrating a pre-game Mass each time.

But he also explained how this responsibility relates to his work at Green Bay Correctional Institution, ministering to inmates (and “die-hard Packer fans”) at the maximum-security prison.

“Cheeseheads” Fr. Rowland De Peaux, O. Praem. (90 years old), and Fr. Brendan McKeough, O. Praem. (94 years old), also reflected on their Packer memories for MMQB.

A “Packers Life” video containing interviews with Fr. Baraniak and Fr. McKeough about their time spent with the team and Vince Lombardi can be viewed online.

Read more about the shared history of the Packers and the Norbertines in the Fall/Winter 2014 issue of Abbey Magazine (pages 6-8).

Abbey Magazine Fall/Winter 2014

In the News

God, Family and the Green Bay Packers
December 30, 2016
Packers Life

The Packers, the Prisoners and the Priest Who Unites Them
December 10, 2016
The Monday Morning Quarterback (MMQB)

Cheeseheads of Green Bay
December 9, 2016
The Monday Morning Quarterback (MMQB)

Living for Sunday
The Shared History of the Green Bay Packers and the Norbertines
Fall/Winter 2014
Abbey Magazine

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