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
"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.
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
Father Vincent was born in Munich, Germany, and made profession as a member of the Abbey in July 1898 and was ordained to the priesthood January 19, 1904. He was a member of the College faculty until 1914 when he was assigned as an assistant to St. John’s Church, Burlington, Iowa. During this time he had a serious throat operation that forced him to discontinue parish work and preaching. On recovering he became chaplain at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hancock, Mich., and was stationed there for 13 years. There he died.Read More
Father Peter Kassens was touted in his obituary as one of the greatest circuit riders and educators in the state of Kansas; all this for a man born in Germany who came to Atchison from St. Louis in 1863 as a shoemaker.Read More