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RT. REV. VINCENT I-IUBER, O.S.B.
FIRST ABBOT OF ST. BEDE
building started in 1889. There
were some fifty students on
hand and a faculty of six when
the school was opened Septem-
ber 7, 1891.
In August of 1909 the monks
at St. Bede made a formal re-
quest of independence from the
motherhouse, St. Vincent's Arch-
abbey in Pennsylvania. Permis-
sion came from the Sacred
Congregation of Religious in
Rome, February 12, 1910. Form-
ing this new community were
the thirteen charter members
who now set about the task of
electing their first abbot.
FIRST ABBOT OF ST. BEDE
Abbot Vincent Huber, O.S.B.,
was born on May 10, 1855, in
Carrolltown, Pennsylvania. In
the absence of parochial schools,
his early education was received
in the public school of his na-
tive village. Abbot Vincent en-
tered the Benedictine Order in
1874 and was ordained a priest
ln the fall of 1880 Father
Vincent was sent to the Gre-
gorian college in Rome to spe-
cialize in Dogmatic Theology.
After three years he was re-
called to his home abbey of St.
Vincent, where from 1883 to
1897 he taught theology. In
1897 he was sent to St. Bede,
then a dependency of St. Vin-
cent, to serve as Rector and
Because of ill health he re-
tired in 1904 but returned in
1905, after which he was re-
called to St. Vincent's in 1908.
St, Bede became an independent
abbey in 1910. The monks of
the new monastery unanimous-
ly elected Father Vincent as
their first abbot on March 10,
From 1910 to 1925 Sr. Bede
made progress under his wise
and prudent direction. During
RT. REV. JUSTUS WIRTI-I, O.S.B.
SECOND ABBOT OF ST. BEDE
these years the north wing of
the school, a new power house
and a gymnasium were built
In 1925 Abbot Vincent went
to Rome for the election of the
Abbot Primate. On this trip he
was stricken with a paralytic
condition and in October he
was brought back to St. Bede
When in 1926, Abbot Vin-
cent realized he could no longer
look after the interests of St.
Bede, he resigned as superior.
After observing his 86th birth-
day on May 10, 1941. Abbot
Vincent suffered another stroke
and died on May 50.
SECOND ABBOT OF
Allersberg. Bavaria, was the
birthplace of Abbot Justus
Wirth, O.S.B. In 1886 he came
to the United States and entered
the Benedictine Order at St.
Vincent's in 1889.
Father Justus came to St.
Bede. as a deacon and after his
ordination to the priesthood in
1895, he taught Latin and
Greek in the school.
In 1910 Abbot Justus was as-
signed to St. Josephs parish,
Peru. After several years in
Peru he was appointed pastor
of St. J0seph's parish, Chicago.
When Abbot Vincent was
stricken with paralysis, Father
Justus was elected coadjutor ab-
bot with the right of succession,
June 10, 1926. Through his ad-
ministrative skill he freed St.
Bede of financial debt.
In 1933 St. Bede acquired
Spalding Institute, Peoria, and
in 1941 it began the construc-
tion of a new abbey building.
Abbot Justus did not live to see
the completion of the new ab-
bey, however, for he died on
March 26, 1942.
RT. REV. LAWRENCE VOHS, O.S.B.
THIRD ABBOT OF ST. BEDE
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Dedicated To Our Fgundingiilfathers
Charter members of St. Bede Abbey when they appeared
with the first Abbot. Front Roux' Father Dominic Brugger,
O S.B. fd. 19481, Father Justus Wirth, USB. fsecontl Abbot,
l 19421, Father Alcuin Maucher, O.S.B. td. 19131, Abbot Vin-
cent Huber, O.S.B. ld. 19411, Father Columban Kaule, O.S.B.
td 19441, Father Dennis Severin, O.S.B., Father Wenceslaus fd. 19591,
' ' ' WITH THE SPRING
dy r 'F' ' THAW of 1675 three men
rx X "N Q, 'DQ '-P 1 clambered into a canoe near the
in ft Q ' ' ' shores of Lake Michigan and be-
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Oldest living charter member of St. Bede
ter Dennis Sexerin. 11515. T-1-l-13.
Father Dennis. at eighty-six. is retired.
gan to paddle southwestward
down the Des Plaines and into
the Illinois River. Their way
led through plains and hills just
reawakening to the life of
spring-a land of which one
of the men had written in ad-
miration: "XY'e have seen noth-
ing like this..." A hundred
miles to the southwest almost
two thousand Indians were
awaiting these men. hoping for
the return of the blackrobe.
Father Marquette. who had
promised to bring them the
blessings of the Christian faith.
There. on the banks of the
Illinois River. on Easter Sunday
of 1675. Father Marquette es-
tablished the first mission in the
present SKLIIC of Illinois. It was
the last work of his life. Though
Sholar, 05.13. ld. 19-121. Blu! Ron: Father Maurice Toole,
O.S.B. fd. 19341, Father Andrew Miller. 0.5.3. ld. 19491, Father
Cdiinwf Mlllvf. 05.14, l7.itht'r Alexaiitler liromme. 0511, ltl.
19451, Father Frederick Xwinthell, 03.13 fd 19561, Father
Eugene 1-Iuegel, O.S.B td. 19561, Father Florian Heiss, O.S,B.
the faith he had brought to the
Indians was to disappear when
the tribes moved west, other
missionaries were to make of
the cities and towns throughout
the valley strongholds of Cathol-
icism. Two centuries after the
visit of Marquette other black-
robes came down from Lake
Michigan to establish only eight
miles from the early mission to
the Illini a lasting home for
Christianity at the Benedictine
monastery of St. Bede.
In 1889 the noted writer and
orator. Archbishop john l.anca5-
ter Spalding. invited the Bene-
dictines to establish an institu'
tion of higher learning in the
Peoria diocese. Accordingly.
the Rt. Rev. Andrew Hin-
tenach. OSB.. Archabbot of St.
ViUCCI1I'S. Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
purchased a portion of the fa-
mous Daniel XY'ebster farm in
Bureau County. Illinois,
Construction of the main
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