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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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