Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Stanislaus N. Joppe, O. Praem.

Birth: June 30, 1930

Death: May 24, 1999

House: St. Norbert Abbey

Our brother Stanislaus "Stan" Joppe was born in Green Bay in 1929.  He attended St. Willy’s elementary school, Central Catholic, and after a year at the college was vested into the Order in 1948.  He was solemnly professed in 1953.

Stan taught at St. Norbert High from 1952 to 1956, when he was appointed to Premontre to teach Social Sciences and to act as freshman athletic director.  He earned an M.S.T. in Sociology in 1968 from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Masters in Education and Administration from Loyola, Chicago in 1969.  Credits were also accrued at Marquette , Villanova and Notre Dame University .

Stan continued teaching at Premontre from 1958 to 1968.  He was a member of the juniorate formation team from 1968 until 1969 and part-time teacher at the college.  During the summer of 1970, Stan functioned as the director of Camp Tivoli .

Following a crisis at Premontre with the sudden departure from the Order of its Principal, Stan was appointed Principal to deal with the aftermath ofthe departure of his predecessor.  He continued in that position from 1970 until 1973, dealing with turmoil, dissension and low morale among both faculty and students. Then, from 1973 until 1979, he served as prior of the abbey.

Stan was associate director of formation and superior at Holy Spirit House of Studies in Chicago, from ’79 to ’81.  From then until 1985, he was pastor of St. Boniface in DePere, and that fall returned to the role of principal at Premontre, again in response to a crisis in which the previous principal was forced to resign. He served as Principal for two years before moving to Albuquerque and becoming pastor of St. Augustine Parish at the Isleta Pueblo.

Stan was an avid fisherman who was as conscientious about his fishing as he was in every ministry he undertook.  To those who called him friend, he was regarded as true and loyal, one who did not hesitate to go the extra mile.

Suffering from multiple physical problems, Stan retired to the abbey in 1986, and after a long, lingering illness succumbed on Monday, May 24, 1999 at the age of 69.

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