Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Leo L. Rummel, O. Praem.

Birth: March 2, 1894

Death: April 30, 1985

House: St. Norbert Abbey

Our brother Leo Rummel was born in Ashland, Wisconsin.  After graduating from St. Norbert High and a year at the college, he joined the Order in 1913 and was solemnly professed in 1918.

Leo began studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1920, at the same time became chaplain to St. Mary Hospital, a position he held until 1980.

In 1921, he earned an M.A. from Madison and was also the superior of the Norbertines attending the university there.  He earned another M.A. in 1926, in English.

Leo was a friend of the Mahoney family in Madison .  After the death of their brother, the twoMahoney sisters entrusted to Leo the care of the family property and fortune.  At their death, they gave the Monona Drive property to the Order for religious use.  This became the novitiate from 1929 until 1959.  The funds realized from the Mahoney estate and its investments are still managed by the abbey through the Augustine Stewardship Fund.

Leo was appointed prior of the Norbertine Novitiate in 1929 and in 1936, began 31 years of teaching summer sessions at St. Agnes School of Nursing in Fond du Lac .  To round out his education, Leo earned a Ph.D. in history in 1945.  After retiring to the abbey, he died Tuesday, April 30th, 1985 at the age of 91. 

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