Father Benedict Huck, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1890-1963)

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Francis Huck was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania on January 6, 1890. He was the son of Alois Huck and Anna Zieger Huck. After one year in public school he attended second through eighth grade at St. Joseph’s School, Sharon. In August 1905 he entered the Passionist Preparatory Seminary at St. Mary’s, Dunkirk, New York. In 1906 he went to the novitiate at St. Paul of the Cross Monastery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On December 3, 1907 he professed his vows and received the name Benedict. To prepare for ordination he studied in the Passionist monasteries at Scranton, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Maryland, Brighton, Massachusetts, and West Hoboken, New Jersey where he was ordained on May 26, 1915 at St. Michael’s Monastery. After completing Sacred Eloquence there in 1917 he was assigned to the preaching apostolate for the province and resided at St. Ann’s Monastery, Scranton. In 1918 he was appointed Assistant Pastor at St. Mary’s Monastery Parish, Dunkirk where he remained until August 1919. At that time he was transferred to St. Michael’s Monastery Parish, West Hoboken. In 1923 he was elected Rector of St. Ann’s Monastery, Scranton for two terms after which, in 1929, he was elected Provincial Consultor. In 1932 Father Huck was elected Rector of Immaculate Conception Monastery, Jamaica, New York. From 1935 until 1939 he was stationed at the Passionist foundation in Chelsea, New York on the Hudson River. This monastery, due to the Depression, was never built. From 1939 to 1949 he was pastor at St. Michael’s Parish, Pittsburgh. In August 1949 he was appointed Superior of St. Vincent Strambi Retreat, Riverdale, New York. In 1955 he was then sent to St. Paul’s Monastery, Pittsburgh where he remained until his death in 1963.