Norbertine Fr. Samuel Jadin, 89, dies

By The Compass | February 6, 2020

DE PERE —  Norbertine Fr. Samuel Donald Jadin, 89, died Feb. 2. Fr. Jadin was born in Luxemburg, on Feb. 1, 1931, to the late Edward and Tillie (Vincent) Jadin. His home parish was St. Kilian in New Franken.

After graduating from Central Catholic High School in Green Bay, Fr. Jadin entered the Norbertine Order and was vested as a novice on Aug. 28, 1948. He professed simple vows on Aug. 28, 1950.

Norbertine Fr. Samuel Jadin

Fr. Jadin attended St. Norbert College in De Pere, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1952. He continued his theology studies at St. Norbert Abbey and professed solemn vows on Aug. 28, 1953. He was chosen to attend the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, for doctoral studies in theology and was ordained to the priesthood in Rome on June 29, 1955.

Over the next 29 years, Fr. Jadin served as a faculty member at several higher education institutions, including St. Norbert College; Benedictine University in Illinois; Madonna College and Siena Heights College in Michigan (where he was also a chaplain); St. John’s and St. Cloud University in Minnesota; and Aquinas Institute of Theology in Iowa.

In 1984, he returned home to St. Norbert Abbey for a year. Fr. Jadin was appointed house superior at St. Michael Priory in Green Bay. He undertook a new ministry of adult education and conducted classes in scriptural studies in diocesan parishes. He remained involved in diocesan marriage preparation programs both in the Green Bay area and Minnesota. Fr. Jadin also served as campus minister at St. Cloud University in Minnesota.

He was chaplain at Holy Family Convent in Manitowoc for 21 years and retired to St. Norbert Abbey in 2012.

Fr. Jadin is survived by the Norbertine community; his siblings: Norbert (Joan) Jadin, Bernice Rukamp, Gerald (Sandy) Jadin, Donna (John) Daniels, and Linda (Larry) Puylaert; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother-in-law, Clarence Rukamp.

Vespers of the Dead and Reception of the Body will be held at the church of St. Norbert Abbey on Friday, Feb. 7, beginning at 7 p.m., followed by visitation until 9 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 8:30 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Abbot Dane J. Radecki of St. Norbert Abbey will preside at the funeral Mass. Burial will be in the St. Norbert Abbey Cemetery at a later date.


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