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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. 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.

Sebastian Robert Schalk, O. Praem.

December 6, 1923 – October 3, 2019

Sebastian Robert Schalk, O. Praem., age 95, 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 3, 2019.

Sebastian was born on December 6, 1923 in West Allis, WI to Ruth and Paul Schalk. His home parish was St. Aloysius in West Allis, WI.

He attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI for two years before joining the Navy.For the next three years he trained as a WWII Radar Technician and served on various Navy ships. After serving his country, Sebastian completed his B.A. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1948, and began discerning religious life.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on August 28, 1955. He professed Simple Vows on August 28 1957, Solemn Vows on August 28, 1960 and was ordained to the Priesthood on September 1, 1960.

Sebastian served on the faculty at Abbot Pennings High School in 1961 teaching German and Science. After one year he was assigned to St. Norbert College where he taught Physics. In 1964 he attended graduate school at UW-Madison, and received his M.S. degree in Physics in 1966. He returned to St. Norbert College where he taught until 1982. During this time, he also assisted the college’s engineering services and physical plant staff.

After many years of teaching, Sebastian became a student again, studying Spanish at the Mexican-American Cultural Center in San Antonio, TX, eventually joining the Norbertine missions in Peru in the fall of 1982. He served the parish of San Norberto, Lima as Associate Pastor and Administrator for more than ten years. After spending one year in the Norbertine foundations of Mississippi and New Mexico, he returned to the Peruvian missions as Associate Pastor of San Marco Parish and assisted with the electrification of three satellite chapels.

Sebastian returned to the United States in 1999 and resided at St. Moses the Black Priory in Mississippi where he was active in Hispanic ministry as well as hospital and prison ministry. In May 2014, Sebastian retired at St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, with occasional sacramental ministry.

He is survived by the Norbertine Community; one brother, John Schalk; one sister, Ann Rickert; sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

Sebastian was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and sister-in-law, Richard (Florence) Schalk, William Schalk, Francis Schalk; sister and brother-in-law, Rosemary (George) Lardner; and brother-in-law, Thomas Rickert.

Arrangements

Visitation will be held at the Church of St. Norbert Abbey beginning at 7:00pm on Monday, October 7, 2019 with Vespers of the Dead – Reception of the Body until 8:30pm. Visitation will continue on Tuesday at 9:00am until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am 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 St. Norbert Abbey Cemetery after the Funeral Mass, weather permitting

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

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