Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Robert Emmenegger, O. Praem.

Birth: March 30, 1913

Death: February 10, 1975

House: St. Norbert Abbey

Our brother Robert Emmenegger was born in Monroe, Wisconsin in 1913.  From 1928 until 1939, Robert was with the Divine Word Brothers of Techny, Illinois.  In 1939 he became a postulant for the Order and was vested as a novice in 1940; professing simple vows in 1942.

From 1949 until 1954, Robert worked faithfully as a lay brother at 920 Christian Street, the faculty house for Southeast Catholic.  From 1954 until his death, he was porter and did kitchen work at the old abbey and what was to become St. Joseph Priory on the college campus.

Robert was a simple man, who usually spent more time with frats’ parents on visiting day than the frat was able to.  His room was always found piled high with layers of bed sheets and newspapers separated by trays of foodstuffs.  Nevertheless, he was a kind and caring soul who performed his religious duties faithfully.  Brother Robert died Monday, February 10, 1975 at the age of 61.  

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