Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Conrad Jerry Kratz, O. Praem.

Birth: November 7, 1946

Death: October 4, 2013

House: St. Norbert Abbey

Reverend Conrad Jerry Kratz, O. Praem., age 66, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on 4 October 2013.

Father Kratz was born on 7 November 1946, in Green Bay, WI to Milton and Kathryn (Hershman) Kratz.  His home parish was St. John the Evangelist, Green Bay, WI.

In 1964 he graduated from Premontre High School, Green Bay, WI.  He entered the Norbertine Order in August of 1964.  In May of 1970, he graduated from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI.  After completing theological studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL, Father Kratz was ordained to the priesthood on 11 August 1973 by Auxiliary Bishop, John Grellinger.  He received his Masters degree from Loyola University in Chicago.  He was a faculty member of Premontre High School (now Notre Dame Academy) and was chosen the superior for St. Michael Priory, the faculty house at the high school.   In 1982 he became Pastor at Old Saint Joseph Church and Director of Campus Ministry at St. Norbert College.  In 1993 he became administrator of New Saint Joseph Church in De Pere.  Father Kratz was instrumental in the consolidation of De Pere’s west side parishes, New St. Joseph Parish and St. Boniface Parish, and in 1996 was named the founding pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in De Pere, WI.  During his pastorate at Our Lady of Lourdes the new church was built.

In addition to serving in external apostolates of the Norbertine Order, Father Kratz also served the Community in internal ministries, including Associate Director of Formation and House Superior at Holy Spirit House of Studies in Chicago; Prior of St. Norbert Abbey; House Superior of St. Joseph Priory; and member of the Abbot’s Council.  In September of 2005 Father Kratz was appointed Director of the Norbertine Center for Spirituality.

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