The Diocese of Fond du Lac has received a small bequest from the estate of the Rev. Robert A. Smith who died on March 12, 2018 in Dowagiac, Michigan. He was 84.
Smith was a graduate of Lawrence College, Appleton, Wisconsin and from Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He was ordained Deacon March 22, 1958 and Priest on Oct. 4, 1958.
From 1958 to 1974 he served St. Paul Episcopal Church, Plymouth; St. Boniface Episcopal Church, Chilton; St. Paul Episcopal Church, Suamico and St. Mark Episcopal Church, Oconto. He served congregations in Michigan from 1976 to 1998 when he retired from active ministry.
The Executive Council acted to receive the bequest and designated it be added to the Permanent Mission Fund of the diocese. The investment is held as part of the Diocesan Common Trust. This is to honor his service to mission congregations of the diocese.
"We are thankful for Fr. Smith's generosity and support to the Church into the future," Bishop Matt commented. "As our Prayer Book reminds us, it is each of our duty to provide for the well-being of our family as well as leaving bequests, if able, for religious and charitable uses." Fr. Smith sets a good example.
Prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of the Rev. Wayne Allen Robert Mionske who died April 30, 2018. He was 80.
Wayne received an M.Div. from Lutheran Theological School at Chicago, and M.Ed. from the University of Wisconsin, and completed coursework at Nashotah House. He served as a Pastor in the Lutheran Church in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan from 1963-1979. He was ordained to the priesthood August 6, 1982 and served St. Andrew's, Kenosha. He served as Vicar of Holy Trinity, Waupun from 1985 until retirement in 1998. He served as Editor of the Diocese of Fond du Lac paper from 1985-1999 and was an Associate of the Order of Julian of Norwich. As a retiree he served as a supply priest for congregations of the Diocese of Milwaukee where he lived.
His funeral was held May 11, 2018 and he is interred at Ridgewood Cemetery, Des Plaines, IL. Give rest , O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. Obituary here.
Prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of Brother Barnabas, OJN (Bruce Leben) who died February 10, 2018. He was 72.
Bruce Michael (Brother Barnabas) Leben, formerly of Waukesha WI, and St. Joseph, MI, was born March 20, 1945 in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Frank Otto Leben and Vauna Jean (Young) Leben. Bruce worked for many years as a psychiatric nurse, raised three children, then entered the (Episcopal) Order of Julian of Norwich, taking the name Barnabas and professing solemn monastic vows in July 2003. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother Frank; and is survived by his children and their spouses: Elisabeth (Harold) Palfi, Anne (Daniel) Barrett, and Scott (Heather) Leben; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters in the Order of Julian; and by long-time friends Carolyn and Stanley Strzyzykowski; and many others. Memorials may be directed to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, St. Paul Elder Services in Kaukauna WI, or the Order of Julian of Norwich.
The funeral for Br. Barnabas will be on Saturday, 3rd March at 2:00 at the OJN monastery in White Lake. If people wish to attend please call ahead ( 715-882-2377) so that there will be enough chairs and food.
Prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of the Rev. Peter Bird who died December 24, 2017. He was 74. He is survived by his wife, Lila Roberts-Bird.
Peter received a B.A. from Ripon College and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University and an M.Div. from Nashotah House. He was an active lay leader for many years at the local, diocesan and national levels of the Episcopal Church and was ordained to the priesthood December 21, 2000. He served as Vicar of Holy Trinity, Waupun from 2000 until retirement in 2012. As a retiree he served as a supply priest for many congregations, including as Regular Supply for St. Paul, Plymouth.
Visitation will be Friday, January 12 at St. Thomas, Menasha from 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 2:00 pm with military honors. There will be a reception in the parish hall afterwards. All are welcome. Give rest , O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. Obituary here.
Prayers are asked for the repose of the soul of the Rev. Joseph Abell Minnis, 81, who died Tuesday, May 10, 2017. Please pray for his wife Sue and their family. Fr. Joe retired in 1999 having served St. Anne, De Pere; St. John, Shawano; St. John, New London; and congregations in Minnesota and Colorado. View the obituary here.
Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.