St. Norbert College

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.

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