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Rev. Bartholomew Arthur Agar, O. Praem.

May 31, 1932 – February 2, 2019

Fr. Bartholomew Agar, O. Praem.

Fr. Bartholomew Agar, O. Praem.

Father Bartholomew Arthur Agar, O. Praem., age 87, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on February 2, 2019.

Father Bartholomew (Father Bart) was born on May 31, 1932, in Philadelphia, PA to William and Marie (Richardson) Agar.

In 1955, Father Bart received a B.A. degree in Philosophy from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI, and a Master’s degree in Music from University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and also from Columbia University, New York, NY in 1979.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on August 28, 1950. He professed Simple Vows on August 28, 1952, Solemn Vows on August 28, 1955 and was ordained to the Priesthood on May 31, 1958. He celebrated 60 years of Priestly Ordination in 2018.

Father Bart was a faculty member at St. Norbert High School, De Pere, WI from 1955 – 1958. He spent the next 13 years at St. John Neumann High School, Philadelphia, PA. Father Bart was a faculty member in the Music Department as well as Organist, Accompanist and Choir Director at St. Norbert College from January 1973 until June 1983. He continued as an Organist and Choir Director at St. Norbert Abbey until June 2000. From June 2000 until present, he served as Organist Emeritus as well as in Internal Ministry at St. Norbert Abbey.

His brilliance as the Abbey Organist for so many years has been a treasure; he would often continue playing until the last person left the church. He created an atmosphere of such ethereal beauty in the Abbey Church, that music became a true gift, a blessed grace and glorious beatitude.

Father Bart is survived by the Norbertine Community; two half brothers, Laurence Cole and Richard Cole and half sister, Mary Anne Cole.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements

Visitation will be held at the Church of St. Norbert Abbey beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019, with Lauds of the Dead – Reception of the Body and concluding at 3:30 p.m.

The Mass of Christian Burial, expressing our faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection, will begin at 4:00 p.m. Rt. Rev. Dane J. Radecki, O. Praem., Abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, will preside at the funeral liturgy. Rev. James P. Neilson, O. Praem. will serve as homilist.

Burial will take place at a later date.

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

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

September 1, 1940 – November 17, 2018

Fr. Salvatore Cuccia, O. Praem.

Fr. Salvatore Cuccia, O. Praem.

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.

Arrangements

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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Rev. John Lawrence Bostwick, O. Praem.

August 14, 1946 – October 21, 2018

Fr. John Bostwick, O. Praem.

Fr. John Bostwick, O. Praem.

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.

Arrangements

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.

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