Fr. Suitbert De Marteau (1834-1901)


Another one of the many members of the community German in origin, Father Suitbert was born in Remagen Rhenish, Prussia, came to the United States, possibly with his family, began and finished classical studies at St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa.  He entered the Benedictine Order there, made his vows July 11, 1863, and was ordained in 1867.

After ordination he was sent to Kansas and St. Benedict’s Abbey, then a priory, by Abbot Boniface Wimmer, OSB, where he served parishes in Nebraska as well, endearing himself to all and sundry.  The last nine years of his life he was the Procurator (Business manager) for the abbey and college. He endured much from stomach trouble and asthma the last five years of his life.