- Published on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 20:00
- Written by Father Gerard Senecal
Father Walter Vollmar, O.S.B. (1911-67), had been a parishioner at St. Benedict’s Church, Kansas City, Kansas. He did formal studies in high school through theology at St. Benedict’s College, Atchison. He taught at the College; also at Maur Hill Prep School, Atchison.
He was pastor at St. Benedict’s Church, Bendena, 1956-63. He died while pastor at St. Benedict’s Church, Atchison, 1963-67. He placed a statue of St. Anthony Mary Claret, patron of persons afflicted with cancer, on St. Joseph’s Altar there.
While St. Benedict’s Abbey is not observing it, St. Anthony Claret, 1807-70, is appointed as an optional memorial for today. From 1850 to 1857, he was Archbishop of Cuba. He returned to Court of Queen Isabella II as confessor. He went into exile with her in 1868. He was a champion of papal infallibility and fought against Freemasonry. He founded the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, known today as the Claretians. In 1869 and 1870, he participated in Vatican Council I. He died at the Cistercian monastery of Fontfroide in France on Oct. 24, 1870.
Today's Readings: Eph 3: 2—12; Is 12: 2-3,4, 5-6; Lk 12:39-48; RB 18: 12-19