Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Raymond P. Wagner, O. Praem.

Birth: January 21, 1892

Death: April 2, 1955

House: St. Norbert Abbey

Our brother Raymond Wagner was born in Milwaukee in 1892.  After beginning high school at Mt. Calvary , he transferred to St. Norbert, finishing high school there and starting at the college.  He joined the Order in 1913 and became a member of the college faculty as a frat in 1915.  Solemn vows were professed in 1918.

In 1919, “Black Pete,” as he was known, was appointed registrar of the college.  He received his Master’s degree in psychology from Catholic University in 1921. 

In 1929, he became the principal of St. Norbert High School and in 1942 rejoined the faculty at the college.  Abbot Pennings made him prior of the abbey in 1945, with the duty of teaching frats and serving as master of postulants in the villa across from the abbey during the summer months.  As his reward, he became pastor of St. Peter’s in Lincoln, Wisconsin, in 1948. He put his knowledge of psychology to good use, persuading his Belgian parishioners to spend significant sums of money to refurbish the parish church.  He would suggest “Belgian blue” as a color for the sanctuary and symbols from Belgian documents as decorations.

He died suddenly on Saturday, April 2nd, 1955 at the age of 63.

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