Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Urban P. DeCleene, O. Praem.

Birth: June 29, 1895

Death: May 30, 1962

House: St. Norbert Abbey

Our brother Urban DeCleene was born in Rockland , Wisconsin in 1895.  After graduating from St. Norbert High, he joined the Order after a year at the college, in 1915.  He was solemnly professed in 1920, ordained that year, and became the assistant at St. John’s in Essexville.

In 1925, he was appointed pastor in Valier, Montana .  From 1932 until 1936, he was master of novices.  After a year at Southeast Catholic, he became pastor of St. William in Shelby, Montana in 1938, then pastor in Lincoln , Wisconsin in 1947. 

In 1948, Urban was made prior and the master of brothers, with a chaplaincy at Hickory Grove Sanatorium. His special hobby during this time was the raising of bees and collecting honey.  From 1952 until his death on Wednesday, May 30, 1962, he was pastor of Our Lady of the Snows in Delwich.  He was 66. 

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