Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Brian John Prunty, O. Praem.

Birth: January 16, 1936

Death: January 4, 2020

House: St. Norbert Abbey

Fr. Brian was born in New London, WI to the late Francis and Margaret (Murray) Prunty.
His call to priesthood came while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school.  In 1956 he enrolled at St. Norbert College and entered the Norbertine Order a year later.  Fr. Brian was vested as a novice on 1957-08-28.  He professed Simple Vows on 1959-08-28, Solemn Vows on 1962-08-28 and ordained to the Priesthood on 1965-06-05.
In May of 1961, Fr. Brian graduated from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI with a B.A. in Philosophy and second and third majors in Social Science and Secondary Education.  He received an M.A. in Sociology from De Paul University, Chicago, IL in June of 1971 and a B.A. of Medical Science in the Physician Assistant Program at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO in 1983.
Fr. Brian became a faculty member in the 1960’s - 1970’s at the following schools: Premontre High School, Green Bay, WI, St. Martin de Porres High School, Detroit, MI and at St. Willibrord Catholic High School, Chicago, IL.  He then served as Pastor at St. Willibrord Parish and became President/Chief Administrator of the high school.
In 1983 Fr. Brian worked as a Physician Assistant at Cook County Jail and Hospital in Chicago, IL and ministered at various Chicago parishes.  His medical skills and passion for diversity ultimately led him to more than 20 years of work there.  He also volunteered at a neighborhood free clinic, but wanted to do more.
Fr. Brian then joined the Norbertine mission (hospital, clinic, parish and secondary school) on the Napo River, deep in the Peruvian rainforest in 1987.  There he served as a Physician Assistant/Medical Missionary at Santa Clotilde on the Rio Napo in Iquitos, Peru.  Three years later, Fr. Brian returned to Chicago and resumed his ministry at Cook County Jail Hospital.
In 1995, he became Associate Director of Formation and House Superior at the Holy Spirit House of Studies, Chicago, IL.  At the same time, he served on the Abbot’s Council, the Order’s Personnel Board and as a member of St. Norbert College Board of Trustees.
He became Pastor at St. Norbert College in September of 2002, and House Superior at St. Joseph Priory, De Pere, WI.  He continued to teach at the college until 2010.  He retired to St. Norbert Abbey in 2014.
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