Rev. John Lawrence Bostwick, O. Praem.

August 14, 1946 – October 21, 2018

Fr. Bostwick, age 72, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on October 21, 2018.

Fr. Bostwick was born on August 14, 1946, in Cleveland to John and Ann (Mihlan) Bostwick. His home parish was St. Richard’s Parish, North Olmsted, Ohio.

Graduating in November 1968 from St. Norbert College (SNC), he received a B.A. in theology. In May 1979 he received an M.A. in counseling from St. Mary’s College, Winona, Minnesota, and a Th.M. in spirituality from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California, in October 1990.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on August 28, 1964. He professed Solemn Vows on August 28, 1974, and was ordained to the priesthood on September 11, 1976.

Fr. Bostwick was a member of the faculty at Prémontré High School, Green Bay; Abbot Pennings High School, De Pere; and SNC. He served as a counselor at Prémontré High School and Notre Dame de la Baie Academy, Green Bay.

In addition, he was house superior of St. Michael Priory, Green Bay, and St. Joseph Priory, De Pere; master of novices and juniors at St. Norbert Abbey; and director of the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey. Fr. Bostwick was an adjunct faculty member at SNC. He resided at St. Norbert Abbey, working in internal ministry.

Fr. Bostwick is survived by the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey; his brother, James Bostwick; and two step-brothers, Larry White and Robert White. He is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Lawrence White; and his brother, Daniel Bostwick.


Visitation will be held at the Church of St. Norbert Abbey beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2018, with Vespers of the Dead – Reception of the Body and concluding at 9 p.m.

Visitation will continue at the abbey on Friday, October 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.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 Friday, October 26, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.; the Rt. Rev. Dane J. Radecki, O. Praem., abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, will preside at the funeral liturgy; the Rev. Timothy D. Shillcox, 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.

In the News

Norbertine Fr. John Bostwick, 72, dies
By Jeff Kurowski
October 24, 2018
The Compass

“Discovering Hidden Treasures at St. Norbert Abbey”

August 16, 2018

Abbot Dane Radecki, O. Praem., witnessed firsthand the historical “hidden treasures” discovered on the grounds of St. Norbert Abbey by Mike Counter, director of media relations at St. Norbert College (SNC).

Counter has been metal detecting as a hobby for 30 years. Since receiving exclusive permission from Abbot Radecki this spring, he already has unearthed dozens of unique historical artifacts.

Once he is done detecting, Counter will turn over his collection to Fr. James Neilson, O. Praem., assistant professor of art at SNC, who will create a display out of the treasures.

In the meantime, on August 31, 2018, one of the medals found by Counter while detecting was returned to its original owner, Deacon Dave Parker, with the help of Fr. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem., who saw the original news story.

In the News

Deacon’s medal, lost for 37 years, found on Abbey grounds
September 12, 2018
The Compass

Lost medal returned after 37 years
August 31, 2018

Lost medal returned after 37 years
August 31, 2018
WEAU (Eau Claire, Wisconsin)

Lost medal returned after 37 years
August 31, 2018
WSAW (Wausau, Wisconsin)

Discovering Hidden Treasures at St. Norbert Abbey
August 15, 2018

Restless Hearts Returning to God: Lessons for Living in Lent—Palm Sunday 2018

St. Norbert Abbey presents “Restless Hearts Returning to God”—a series of Lenten video reflections by Fr. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem., Fr. Bradley Vanden Branden, O. Praem., and Fr. Michael Brennan, O. Praem.

Palm Sunday features a message by Fr. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem.

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