Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Hugo J. DeKort, O. Praem.

Birth: April 12, 1882

Death: April 18, 1947

House: St. Norbert Abbey

Our brother Hugh DeKort was born in Waalwijk, Holland in 1882 and was vested at Berne Abbey in 1900.  Hugh arrived in the United States in 1905, as the 22nd recruit from Berne, and made his solemn profession at the National Shrine.

In 1906, Hugh was installed as the first resident pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Oneida. The Knights of Columbus paid him $500 as one-half of his yearly salary.  Previous to that time, Oneida had been a mission to Freedom, but when Bernard Pennings took over the obligations of the National Shrine, he also took over the mission of service to the Native Americans.

1911 found Hugh back at the priory as master of novices.  In 1916, he became pastor of St. Peter’s in Lincoln , Wisconsin, where he died Friday, April 18, 1947, at the age of 65.

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