Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Rene L. Petit, O. Praem.

Petit
Birth: November 2, 1926

Death: July 21, 1995

House: St. Norbert Abbey

Our brother Rene Petit was born in Ripley, Michigan in 1926.  In 1944, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific theatre on Guam and Manila, in the Philippines during World War II.  After his discharge in 1950, he entered the Order after a year at the college.  He professed solemn vows in 1956.

Rene taught English at St. Norbert High from 1954 until 1958, when he was transferred to Bishop Neumann, where he remained until 1966 teaching his great love: English literature.  During 1966-67, he was a Navy chaplain, and in 1971, studied at the U.S . International University in San Diego .  He was assigned to the Premontre faculty from 1972 until 1976. In 1977 became pastor of St. Mary in Chester , Montana until 1982.  After a sabbatical at Sangre de Christo in Santa Fe , during 1982-83, he became pastor at St. Benedict in Roundup, Montana, until 1986.

Returning to the abbey with a serious heart condition, Rene died Friday, July 21, 1995 at the age of 68.

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