Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. James J. Clabots, O. Praem.

Birth: November 19, 1931

Death: August 16, 1974

House: St. Norbert Abbey

Our brother Finian Clabots was born in Green Bay in 1931.  He graduated from Central Catholic in 1949, then attended U.W. Madison for a year, then after beginning at St. Norbert College , joined the Navy until 1955.  Finian was vested in 1956 and solemnly professed in 1961.

From 1966 to 1968, Finian was assigned to teach at Bishop Newmann. He served as an Army chaplain from 1969 through 1974.  Finian was killed in a car accident while a Chaplain in Germany , Friday, Aug 16th  1974 at the age of 42.  His sister left her husband and young children to attend his funeral. While she, his mother and the community awaited the lengthy return of his body to the USA , his sister suffered a stroke and died. It was the first time a double funeral, that of a brother and sister, was held at the abbey.

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