Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Xavier Gilbert Colavechio, O. Praem.

Birth: April 7, 1931

Death: March 22, 2018

House: St. Norbert Abbey

Father Xavier was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Archibald and Catherine (McCrossen) Colavechio.

In 1948, Father Xavier graduated from Southeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA.  He graduated with a B.A. Degree in Philosophy from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI, in 1952 and continued his education earning graduate degrees in Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy in 1957, and from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC in 1959.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on 1948-08-28.  He professed Simple Vows on 1950-08-28, Solemn Vows on 1953-08-28, and was ordained to the Priesthood on 1955-06-29.

Father Xavier taught at St. Norbert College for more than 15 years, where he also served as chairman of the Humanities Division for much of his tenure.  He later served as the Rector of the Norbertine Generalate in Rome.  In 1989, Father Xavier was one of the original members of the Norbertine Priory of Saint Moses the Black in Jackson, MS, where he served as administrator and pastor of St. Mary Parish, Jackson, MS and vocation coordinator until 2003.  Upon his return to De Pere, he was appointed Director of the Norbertine Center for Spirituality at St. Norbert Abbey and held that position for 2 years.  From 1999-2005, he served on the Board of Trustees of St. Norbert College.  In 2005, the Norbertine Abbot General appointed Fr. Xavier to represent the Order to a small community of priests who were seeking affiliation with the Norbertine Order.  This appointment found him travelling to Sant' Antimo, Italy, and during his several visits, he worked with the community, teaching about the history, customs and constitutions of the Norbertine Order.  In addition to this, Father Xavier also assisted at St. Agnes Parish, Green Bay and ministered at the Quad Parishes of Green Bay.  In his later years, he resided at St. Norbert Abbey, working in internal ministry.

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