Reverend Albin Vladimir Veszelovszky, O. Praem., age 88, a member of Gödöllö Abbey, Budapest, Hungary, residing at St. Norbert Abbey since September of 1951, passed into God's eternal kingdom on November 4, 2009, at St. Norbert Abbey.
Father was born Vladimir Veszelovszky in Budapest, Hungary, on the 11th of June, 1921 to Gabriel and Mary (Bozso) Veszelovszky. In June of 1939, he graduated from the Benedictine Gymnasium in Esztergom, Hungary. He entered the centuries old Norbertine Abbey of Jasow in Northern Hungary, on August 28, 1939. As the abbot invested him into the white habit of the Norbertines, he was given the name Albin. On September 8, 1943, he made his Solemn Profession. He was ordained to the Priesthood on November 1, 1944 in Budapest, Hungary.
In June of 1948, Father Albin received a Licentiate degree in Theology from the Gregorian University, Rome, Italy. Later that same year, he entered the United States and attended the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where he received his S.T.D. in Theology in June of 1951. His doctoral dissertation was on Concelebration in the Roman Rite. Great was the joy of Fr. Albin when the Second Vatican Council approved such Concelebration, which is now widely practiced.
Father Albin served as a faculty member at Archmere Academy, Claymont, DE, and St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI. In September of 1970, he was assigned as Parochial Vicar, Associate Pastor, of St. Willebrord Parish, Green Bay, WI, were he served until his retirement in 2005. He is remembered for his Hungarian accent, his sense of humor, his playful pranks, his vast knowledge of the lives of saints, his skill with languages, his adaptability, and the heart of his vocation, the pious reverence that emanated from his celebration at Eucharist.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by the members of the Norbertine Community.
The Reception of the Body/Vespers of the Dead will be held at St. Norbert Abbey on Sunday, November 8, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will follow until 8:30 p.m. and will continue on Monday, November 9, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the Abbey Church on Monday, November 9, 2009, at 4:30 p.m. Rt. Rev. Gary J. Neville, O. Praem., will preside at the funeral liturgy. The homilist will be Rev. Gery G. Meehan, O. Praem
Ryan Funeral home, De Pere, is in charge of the arrangements.
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