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    Senior Moderator xeus's Avatar
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    RIP Abbot John Eudes Bamberger, XU '48

    How's this for a life well-lived?

    Fr. John Eudes Bamberger, Aug. 21, 1926 Feb. 21, 2020

    Abbot John Eudes Bamberger, age 93, passed away Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Abbey of Genesee, New York where he had been abbot from 1971 until 2001. Born Robert J. Bamberger in Covington, KY, son of the late Dorothy and Joseph Bamberger. Brother of Joan Brennan Kennedy, Michelle Bamberger, and Joseph (Jay) Bamberger and the late James Bamberger, Nancy Egan, and Dorothy Ruth Bamberger. Abbot John Eudes lived a most interesting life. He attended Covington Latin school and then Xavier University where he was quarterback of the football team at age 16, which probably makes him the youngest D-1 quarterback ever.

    He received a MD from University of Cincinnati Medical School, served in the US Navy during WWII and then had the calling to enter religious life. He entered the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1950, and was trained as a novice under Thomas Merton. Ordained in 1956 as a Trappist priest, shortly thereafter he finished his medical residency at Georgetown University. He put his medical degree to use at the Gethsemani community.

    Father's ability to speak 7 languages fluently made him a very good selection as Secretary General of the Order and he helped establish many new abbeys around the world. Fr. John was elected Abbot, Abbey of Genesee, Piffard, NY in 1971 and served as Abbot there for 30 years. Throughout his life, Abbot John loved to serve and pray for others and had a constant thirst for knowledge. As Abbott, he was a guiding force for Henri Nouwen in his book, The Genesee Diary. Abbot John Eudes received the St. Francis Xavier Award from Xavier University, and authored Thomas Merton, Prophet of Renewal.

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    Thanks for sharing
    It's time for a bourbon on the rocks!

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