While a monk there he was faithful to duties in parishes throughout Colorado, as well as serving at various times as Prior at the monastery itself in Canon City. In July, 2002, when the monks of Holy Cross Abbey voted to close the monastery, Father Ignatius was appointed the temporary superior in the period of transition. He later came to Atchison, transferring his monastic vows here.
Father Ignatius was a quiet man, faithful to his monastic vows. Throughout his life he saw much change: growing up in the great depression, moving to Colorado, and then witnessing the closing of that monastic community. Through it all he remained faithful to his commitment to Jesus Christ as a monk and a priest.
He is survived by his brother monks in the monastic community; his brother Thomas in Cañon City, Colo; and his sister Rose (Smith) Norris and her husband Joseph of Cresson, Pa, and their children Gia (Jerod) Tanksley (Nashville), and Joseph (Cresson)
Vespers for the Dead, followed by visitation, will be on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7 p.m. in St. Benedict's Abbey Church. The Mass of Christian Burial for Father Ignatius will be in the Abbey Church on Wednesday, May 1, at 10:30 AM, with interment following in the Abbey cemetery. All are welcome!!
Memorials in honor of Fr. Ignatius can be made to St. Benedict’s Abbey, 1020 N. Second St., Atchison, KS 66002