Obituary – Fr. Jude Burbach

ATCHISON, Kan. — Fr. Jude Burbach, 85, a monk and priest of St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kan., died Aug. 22, 2012, the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the Abbey.

Vespers of the Dead followed by visitation was Aug. 26, 2012, at 7 p.m., at the Abbey Church.

Mass of Christian burial was Aug. 27 at St. Benedict’s Abbey Church.

Interment will follow in the monastic cemetery.

Elwin John Burbach was born Feb. 9, 1927, in Hartington, to Henry and Anna McFadden Burbach. He attended Holy Trinity Catholic Grade and High School there, graduating from high school in 1945.

After one year of college studies, he entered the novitiate at St. Benedict’s Abbey in July 1946, receiving the name Jude, and professing vows July 11, 1947. He graduated from St. Benedict’s College in 1950 with a bachelor of arts in philosophy. After theology studies at the Abbey School of Theology, he was ordained to the priesthood May 30, 1953, by Archbishop Edward Hunkeler at St. Benedict’s Church, Atchison, Kan.

For the first five years of his ordained life, Father Jude served as a dorm prefect and Latin instructor at St. Benedict’s College. Then for 10 years he served in parishes as assistant pastor at St. Benedict’s in Atchison from 1958-1961, and then St. Mary’s, Purcell, Kan.; St. Patrick’s, south of Atchison; and Burlington, Iowa. From 1968-1970, he was chaplain for the Benedictine Sisters at St. Scholastica Monastery, Chicago, Ill., while pursuing graduate studies at Rosary College, River Forest, Ill. After completing his master of arts in library science in 1970, he worked in the college library for five years. From 1975-1983, he responded to an invitation from Abbot Brendan to serve at our Priory in Brazil. Upon his return from Brazil, Father Jude worked at the Benedictine College library again, serving as Head Librarian from 1984-1986. From 1990-1995, he served as the last weekend celebrant at St. John’s, Doniphan, Kan., and later was Pastor at St. Joseph’s, Wathena, Kan., and St. Charles, Troy, Kan. From 1995 until his retirement in 2003, Father Jude served faithfully in the parishes at Onaga, Lillis, and Blaine, Kan. One of his crowning accomplishments was improvements to the church at Onaga.

Always faithful to prayer, lectio divina, and community, he had an interest in the new and the old. He was curious about the world around him and the people whom he met. He was always supportive of monks in their projects, and expressed an interest in how things were going.

He is survived by his brother monks at St. Benedict’s Abbey; by a sister, Ann Janssen, Bellevue; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Father Jude was preceded in death by his loving parents, four brothers and four sisters.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Benedict’s Abbey.