Norbertine Associates

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

September 1, 1940 – November 17, 2018

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.


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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Local Volunteer, Norbertine Associate Wins Statewide Award

Norbertine Associate Paula Rieder (left) receives the Wisconsin Heroes Award | Photo courtesy Meg Deem, The Volunteer Center of Brown County

Norbertine Associate Paula Rieder (left) receives the Wisconsin Heroes Award | Photo courtesy Meg Deem, The Volunteer Center of Brown County

On Friday, December 15, 2017, at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey, Norbertine Associate Paula Rieder received the Wisconsin Heroes Award, presented by Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker.

Rieder was recognized as “an individual who is creating real and sustainable change for those experiencing homelessness.”

For additional information, visit The Volunteer Center of Brown County’s website.

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New Norbertine Associate President “Thankful for the Opportunity to Serve”

Nancy Jakups

Nancy Jakups

As seen in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Abbey Magazine (page 17)

In August 2017, Nancy Jakups was elected president of the Norbert Associates of St. Norbert Abbey, assuming the role from previous president Michael Hermans.

As residents of De Pere, Nancy and her husband Steve are no strangers to the Norbertine community. In addition to being Norbertine Associates since 2012, they are long-time parishioners at St. Norbert College Parish, liturgical ministers at the abbey, and actively involved at St. Norbert College, where Steve serves as senior director of campus safety.

Nancy is thankful for the opportunity to serve. She is looking forward to raising awareness about who the Norbertine Associates are and what they do, and increasing the community outreach and service they provide on behalf of the abbey and the Norbertines—all while providing servant leadership to a faithful and fun-filled group of associates.

On a personal note, Nancy spends her days working in operations management at Foth, an engineering and consulting firm in De Pere. In her free time she enjoys sports, spontaneous road trips, and spending time with family and friends.

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