Br. Anthony Vorwerk (Br. Tony as he was known by many) went to his eternal reward January, 17, 2019, fortified by the Sacraments and the Apostolic pardon. The following article originally appeared in the Sprint 2014 issue of Kansas Monks magazine celebrating Br. Tony’s 60th anniversary of joining the monastery.
“Farm Fresh…Home-Grown…All Natural.”
These famous phrases usually describe foods, but one might use the same descriptions for Br. Anthony, a lover of the outdoors and a testament to the fruits of work and stability found in the Benedictine way of life.
Brother Martin Burkhard was born May 7, 1916 in Anaheim, California, the son of John and Clara (Depweg) Burkhard.
Br. Martin attended Anaheim Union High School in the early 1930s. He first tried the monastic life with the Trappist monks in Pecos, New Mexico (that community has since moved to Oregon), and in 1949 he came to St. Benedict's Abbey as a claustural oblate.