Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Roman Robert Vanasse, O. Praem.

Birth: December 8, 1930

Death: October 7, 2017

House: St. Norbert Abbey

Father Vanasse was born in Fall River, MA, to Armand and Dora (Michaud) Vanasse. His home parish was Notre Dame De Lourdes Parish, Fall River, MA. 

He received a B.A. degree in Philosophy from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI in 1957.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on 1954-08-28. He professed Simple Vows on 1956-08-28, Solemn Vows on 1959-08-28 and was ordained to the Priesthood on 1960-09-01.

After graduating from St. Norbert College, Father Vanasse earned his S.T.D. in Systematic Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy; studied Biblical Languages in Chicago and Jerusalem, and completed two years of study at the Biblical Institute in Rome. Subsequently, he served as Novice Master at St. Norbert Abbey and then became a tenured Professor of Theology and Director of the M.A. Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. From 1984 to 1988, he was National Secretary for Education with the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in New York City. In 1988, he accepted a Vatican appointment as International Chaplain for Aid to the Church in Need at its headquarters in Germany. In 1996, he was appointed Administrator of the Canonry of Tepl-Obermedlingen-Mananthavady (Germany and India). In 1998, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of St. Norbert College. In 2002, he was appointed Administrator of the Norbertine Community at St. Joseph’s Priory in Queen’s Park, Western Australia until 2005. He retired in 2006 and resided at St. Norbert Abbey.

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