Norbertine community celebrates ordination, anniversaries

By The Compass | June 4, 2015

One to be ordained; six mark jubilees

DE PERE — On Friday, June 5, the eve of the solemnity of St. Norbert, the Norbertine community will celebrate the 50- and 60-year jubilees of six priests. Abbot Gary J. Neville will preside at Vespers at 4:30 p.m. in the Abbey Church (1016 N. Broadway, De Pere.).

Ordination to priesthood

On June 6, the feast of St. Norbert, Deacon Matthew M. Dougherty will be ordained to the priesthood by Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Robert Morneau, at 10 a.m. in the Abbey Church.

Deacon Dougherty

Frater Dougherty, 28, is the son of Phillip and Theresa (Smith) Dougherty of Waukesha, where his home parish is St. William. He was vested in the Norbertine habit in August 2009, professed simple vows in August 2011, professed solemn vows in August 2014 and was also ordained to the diaconate in August of that year.

Deacon Dougherty graduated from St. Norbert College with a degree in biology. He recently graduated with a master of divinity from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he will continue his studies toward a master of arts in systematic theology.

Last summer, Deacon Dougherty worked in an aquatic ecology lab at the University of Notre Dame. He has served the Italian immigrant community as a deacon at The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii in Chicago’s Little Italy.

On Sunday, June 7, the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Fr. Dougherty will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at 10 a.m. in the Abbey Church. The public is invited to attend solemn vespers of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ with eucharistic procession, adoration and Benediction on Sunday, June 7, at 4:15 p.m. in the Abbey Church.

50th jubilarians

Fr. John Philip Kastenholz is a 1955 graduate of St. Francis Minor Seminary in Milwaukee. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Francis Seminary before entering the Norbertine order in August 1960. He was ordained to the priesthood in June 1965 and assigned to Prémontré High School in Green Bay.

Fr. Kastenholz
Fr. Kastenholz

Fr. Kastenholz continued his education in German studies, spending six months in pastoral work at an abbey in West Germany before receiving a master’s degree in financial administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1980. He then returned to Green Bay, where he became involved in financial management at Prémontré High School. He also spent sabbatical years in Oregon, Texas and Wisconsin.

For 17 years Fr. Kastenholz was a member of the St. Norbert College business and finance staff, as well as serving as sacramental minister at two parishes in northeast Wisconsin. He has been involved with the business office of St. Norbert Abbey since September 2002, and continues to hold the position of secretary-treasurer of St. Norbert Abbey Canonry.

Fr. Brian John Prunty served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from Bear Creek High School. He entered the Norbertine Order in August 1957 and was ordained to the priesthood on June 5, 1965. Fr. Prunty studied philosophy, social studies and secondary education at St. Norbert College, from where he received a bachelor’s degree. The year after his ordination, Fr. Prunty earned a master of sociology degree from DePaul University in Chicago.

Fr. Prunty
Fr. Prunty

He has served a wide range of socioeconomic, cultural and racial populations, pursuing ministries in education, administration and parish work. He taught in inner-city Detroit and, for eight years, served as pastor and president of St. Willebrord Parish and High School in Chicago.

Fr. Prunty’s medical skills and passion for diversity ultimately led him to more than 20 years of work as a physician assistant at Chicago’s Cook County Jail and Hospital, as well as several years at the Norbertine mission on the Napo River deep in the Peruvian rainforest.

Upon his return from Chicago, Fr. Prunty was named pastor of St. Norbert College Parish and taught for three years at the college. He is again living in De Pere, involved in local parish ministry and internal Norbertine ministry.

60th jubilarians

Fr. Xavier Gilbert Colavechio is a 1948 graduate of Southeast Catholic High School, Philadelphia. He entered the Norbertine Order in August of that year and was ordained to the priesthood in June 1955. Fr. Colavechio earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Norbert College, as well as a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University, Rome, and a Doctorate of Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Fr. Colavechio
Fr. Colavechio

Fr. Colavechio taught at St. Norbert College for more than 15 years, where he also served as chairman of the humanities division. He served as rector of the Norbertine College in Rome, administrator and pastor at St. Mary Parish in Jackson, Miss., and vocation coordinator at the Priory of St. Moses the Black (also in Jackson).

In January 2003, Fr. Colavechio was appointed director of the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey, a position he held until September 2005. He currently lives at the abbey and assists with internal and external ministry.

Fr. Robert Matthew Feller is originally from Annunciation Parish in Green Bay. He entered the Norbertine order in August 1949 and was ordained to the priesthood in June 1955. He began his teaching career in 1954, working at high schools in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

He then served as associate pastor at parishes in Montana and Wisconsin. In 1962, Fr. Feller entered the U.S. Air Force as a military chaplain, serving for almost 10 years.

Fr. Feller
Fr. Feller

Following his military duty, Fr. Feller was called to serve as pastor at parishes in Wisconsin and Illinois, before working as a chaplain at hospitals in Georgia, Alabama and his home state.

Upon his retirement in November 2001, Fr. Feller made his home at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, where he serves in internal ministry.

Fr. Roderick Robert Fenzl is a 1947 graduate of Lincoln High School, Park Falls, Wis. After three years at St. Norbert College as a lay student, he entered the Norbertine order in August 1950 and was ordained to the priesthood in September 1955.

Fr. Fenzl earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Norbert College and a master’s degree in science education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also served on the faculties of St. Norbert High School and Abbot Pennings High School, De Pere.

Fr. Fenzl
Fr. Fenzl

In 1967, Fr. Fenzl was assigned to the Norbertine mission in Lima, Peru, where he remained for 34 years. During that time, he was one of several Norbertines who worked with Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and the Missionaries of Charity. He also taught at Reyna de las Americas (the high school under the direction of the Norbertines) and was a staff member of the two Norbertine parishes in metropolitan Lima.

Fr. Fenzl returned to the States in 2000 and spent seven years with the Norbertines in Albuquerque. He has helped with Hispanic parish, prison and hospital ministry there and in the Green Bay area. Fr. Fenzl now resides at St. Norbert Abbey.

Fr. Samuel Donald Jadin is a 1948 graduate of Central Catholic High School, Green Bay. He entered the Norbertine order in August that same year and was ordained to the priesthood in June 1955. Fr. Jadin earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Norbert College. He studied at the Gregorian University, Rome, from where he earned a Licentiate of Sacred Theology, and a Doctorate of Sacred Theology at the University of Chicago.

Fr. Jadin
Fr. Jadin

Between 1959 and 1984, Fr. Jadin served on the faculties of several institutions of higher education, including St. Norbert College, Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, Ill.; Madonna University in Livonia, Mich., and Siena Heights College in Adrian, Mich. (where he was also a chaplain); Aquinas Institute of Theology, Dubuque, Iowa; and St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.

He also served as campus minister at St. Cloud University in Minnesota and spent a number of years during the 1990s as a chaplain at Holy Family Convent in Manitowoc. Since 2012, Fr. Jadin has lived at St. Norbert Abbey, where he is involved in internal and external ministries.

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