A quote from an obituary on file in the Abbey archives will have to suffice for the necrology entry for Father Bede: “Rev. Bede Durham, OSB, chaplain of the Saint Elizabeth Hospital, Elizabeth, N.J., died last Thursday at the age of 67 years.Read More
"Thus, never departing from His guidance, but persevering in His teaching in the monastery until death, we may by patience share in the sufferings of Christ, that we may merit to be partakers of His kingdom." -Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue
St. Benedict's Abbey has a rich history, woven with the lives of hundreds of monks who served God and the monastic community. This page uses the Necrology, a book that includes a list of every deceased monk from the abbey, to tell their stories.
“Paul the Priest” as he styled himself, was born in Victoria, Kan., among the Capuchins but came to Atchison for an education in 1903. He entered the Abbey July 2, 1909, finished his college studies at St. John’s, Collegeville, Minn., and began theology there but finished theological studies at Atchison. He was ordained December 15, 1915. He became infirmarian of the College and teacher of German, Latin, and physiology.Read More
During World War II some German U-boat prisoners of war murdered a fellow prisoner at a camp in Texas. They were tried, convicted and sent to the disciplinary barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to await execution by hanging. Father Justin, then Chaplain to the Sisters of Charity, Leavenworth, ministered to those men to the time of the execution.Read More
Brother Joseph was the second monk of our community to die. The first was Brother Bernard Ball. Joseph von Bragel was born in Westphalia, Germany, March 3, 1837, and made first profession here March 19, 1863.Read More
Catfisherman, maker of horseradish, pastor, teacher of Latin at Maur Hill, infirmarian there also, gardener, all these titles applied to Father Germain. He was Master of Brothers at the Abbey and in charge of the Abbey farms as well.Read More
Brother Aloysius collapsed at breakfast. Brother Walter Landwher, no small man, picked him up in his arms and carried him to the room next to the first floor recreation room, then occupied by Father Francis Broderick, where he died of a heart attack. Brother Al had been a monk 19 years and made his first vows in 1936.Read More