Saint Bede Academy - Via Baeda Yearbook (Peru, IL)

 - Class of 1960

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gf: yg ",.'-- .- ' "ni uf- 1 4 fl .i 41 :- 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 in 1880. 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 Prior. 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, 1910. 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 an invalid. 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- , eriod day on May 10, 1941. Abbot Vincent suffered another stroke and died on May 50. SECOND ABBOT OF ST, BEDE 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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