Monday, December 29, 2008

Another Good Man Dies

I have learned that Fr. Dietrich Reinhart, OSB, the President of St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, died of lung and brain cancer a very few months after being diagnosed with the stuff. Fr. Dietrich (he chose this as his name to honor Dietrich Bonhoeffer!) was kind and very upbeat man. A historian by training, he was well aware of the importance of linking the history of the past to the history-in-the-making. And he seemed to be very effective with potential donors.

You may read a short obituary here.

May his memory be eternal.

And may the Lord grant him eternal rest andlet perpetual light to shine on him.


Anonymous said...

Indeed, may God grant him eternal rest.
BTW, he was Br. not Fr. Dietrich. The Strib obit today notes that: "After years as a professor of European history and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at St. John's, Reinhart was elected president -- the first non-ordained monk to hold the spot."


Dwight P. said...

That'll teach me to type and send without proofing. In my defense, however, I'm not sure that I previously knew that he wasn't ordained, but most of the people I knew who knew (of) him referred to him as "Father." They have been similarly mistaken. Or perhaps it became a kind of honorific. I'm not sure.

But given my interest in the ministry of the laity, I ought to have been keen on that distinction. Thanks for the correction.

Anonymous said...

I too hadn't previously realized that he wasn't ordained. I assumed he was so found it interesting to read that he was the first lay monk to serve as president.