Norbertine community welcomes five men

Commitments, ordinations will take place at St. Norbert Abbey Aug. 27-29

DE PERE — The Norbertine community of St. Norbert Abbey will welcome five men into the community in August, as they take their next steps in honoring their commitments to the order.

On Monday, Aug. 27, at the first vespers of the solemnity of St. Augustine, Griffin P. Burris will be vested in the white habit of the Norbertine Order, beginning and deepening his commitment to religious life through a two-year novitiate. Abbot Dane J. Radecki will preside over the vestition ceremony.

Frater Burris, 22, is the son of Richard Burris and Stacey Cicero of Shawano, and a member of Sacred Heart Parish. In 2018 he graduated from St. Norbert College with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in theology and religious studies.

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, the solemnity of St. Augustine, Frater Jordan S. Neeck will profess solemn vows, forming a mutual lifelong commitment to the canonical life between himself and the professed community. Abbot Radecki will preside over the solemn rite.

Frater Neeck, 29, is the son of Howard and Lynn Neeck of Phillips, Wis., and a member of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Phillips. He graduated from St. Norbert College in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Also on Aug. 28, Frater Johnathan Turba and Fr. Peter Ambting will profess simple vows, committing themselves to the traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They profess these simple vows on a temporary basis, usually for three years. Abbot Radecki will preside over the solemn rite.

Frater Turba, 30, is the son of Michael and Patricia Turba of Platteville, and a member of Immaculate Conception Church in New Richmond, Wis.

Fr. Ambting, 45, is the son of the late Peter H. and the late Wilhemina Ambting of Doetinchem, Netherlands, and a member of St. Martin Parish in Beek, Netherlands. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Utrecht in 2008.

On Wednesday, Aug. 29, Rev. Frater Patrick M. LaPacz will be ordained to the priesthood. The ordination will be celebrated by Bishop David L. Ricken. At the same liturgy, Frater Neeck will be ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Ricken.

On Sunday, Sept. 2, the newly-ordained Fr. LaPacz will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Agnes Church in Green Bay, his home parish.

Rev. Frater LaPacz, 31, was ordained a transitional deacon in 2017. A 2005 graduate of Notre Dame Academy, he is the son of Terrence and Mary LaPacz. After his priestly ordination, Rev. Frater LaPacz will be involved in parish ministry in Chicago for the next two years.