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Rev. Roman R. Vanasse
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Father Roman R. Vanasse, O. Praem., age 86, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on 7 October 2017, the Memorial of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary.

Father Vanasse was born on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December 1930, in Fall River, MA, to Armand and Dora (Michaud) Vanasse. His home parish was Notre Dame De Lourdes Parish, Fall River, MA.

He received a B.A. degree in Philosophy from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI in 1957.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on 28 August 1954. He professed Simple Vows on 28 August 1956, Solemn Vows on 28 August 1959 and was ordained to the Priesthood on 1 September 1960.

After graduating from St. Norbert College, Father Vanasse earned his S.T.D. in Systematic Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy; studied Biblical Languages in Chicago and Jerusalem, and completed two years of study at the Biblical Institute in Rome. Subsequently, he served as Novice Master at St. Norbert Abbey and then became a tenured Professor of Theology and Director of the M.A. Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. From 1984 to 1988, he was National Secretary for Education with the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in New York City. In 1988, he accepted a Vatican appointment as International Chaplain for Aid to the Church in Need at its headquarters in Germany. In 1996, he was appointed Administrator of the Canonry of Tepl-Obermedlingen-Mananthavady (Germany and India). In 1998, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of St. Norbert College. In 2002, he was appointed Administrator of the Norbertine Community at St. Joseph’s Priory in Queen’s Park, Western Australia until 2005. He retired in 2006 and resided at St. Norbert Abbey.

Father Vanasse is survived by the Norbertine Community of Saint Norbert Abbey; one sister, Claire Mersey and a brother, Richard “Jim” Mayette.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Armand and Dora Vanasse and a sister, Rita Jepsen.

Lauds of the Dead will be celebrated at the Church of Saint Norbert Abbey at 9:00 AM on Monday, 16 October 2017. Visitation will follow Lauds, and will continue throughout the day in the abbey Chapter Room until 3:45 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial, expressing our faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection, will be held in the Church of Saint Norbert Abbey at 4:00 PM; the Rt. Rev. Gary J. Neville, O. Praem., Abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, will serve as principal celebrant; the Rt. Reverend Eugene Hayes, O. Praem., Abbot of St. Michael Abbey in Santa Anna, California will offer the homily at the concelebrated funeral liturgy.

Burial will follow immediately in the St. Norbert Abbey Cemetery.

Ryan Funeral Home, De Pere, is in charge of the arrangements.


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Visitation

Monday

16

Oct

9:00 AM - 3:45 PM
St. Norbert Abbey

1016 N. Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115

Service

Monday

16

Oct

4:00 PM
St. Norbert Abbey

1016 N. Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115

Graveside

Monday

16

Oct

4:45 PM
St. Norbert Abbey

1016 N. Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115

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