Father Hubert Bohne, C.P., Holy Cross Province (1901-1984)

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Born Vincent Anthony on August 25, 1901 in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was the son of William Bohne and Elizabeth Cremering. He was educated at Immaculata Parish school on Mt Adams and then went to St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati for two years. At the end of this time he decided to enter the Passionists. He said that he was inspired by Fathers John Philip Maerder, C.P. and Alexis Quinlan, C.P., who both served at Immaculata Parish. In the fall of 1917 he entered the Passionist Preparatory College which was then located in Cincinnati on Mt. Adams at Holy Cross Monastery. In 1918 he went to the novitiate in Louisville, Kentucky where his master of novices was Father Jerome Reutermann, C.P. and professed his vows on September 16, 1919. His religious name was Hubert. He was then sent to St. Paul, Kansas for studies from 1919 until 1923 where the rectors were Fathers Luke Callahan, C.P and Bernard Brady. C.P. From 1923 until 1926 he studied at Chicago, Illinois where Father Edwin Ronan, C.P was rector. He then went back from 1926 until 1927 to Cincinnati where Father Bertrand Abell, C.P. was rector and he was ordained on February 27, 1927 by Bishop Paul J. Nussbaum, C.P. who was then the bishop of Marquette, Michigan. Father Bohne was assigned to Normandy, Missouri as a student but was quickly chosen to pursue graduate studies in Rome. In 1930 he completed his doctorate in Canon Law at the Angelicum. Upon his return to the United States he was sent to Normandy as a professor. There for a short time at the preparatory seminary he was then assigned to St. Paul, Kansas from 1931 until 1934 where he served as professor; from 1934 until 1936 he was in Des Moines, Iowa and then from 1936 until 1943 he was assigned to Louisville, Kentucky. In 1943 he was then sent to Birmingham, Alabama to join Father Michael Caswell at St. Mary’s Parish, Fairfield, Alabama. But this assignment lasted for a short time and 1944 found Father Bohne back in the classroom in Louisville where he remained until 1953. Local Louisville superiors at that time were Fathers Joseph Gartland, C.P, Julius Busse, C.P., Gordian Lewis, C.P., and Boniface Fielding, C.P. From 1953 until 1954 his ministry was retreat master at Detroit, Michigan where Father Julius Busse was rector; then in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1954 until 1955 where Father Gilbert Kroger, C.P. was rector; then on to Houston, Texas from 1955 until 1956 where Father Conleth Overman was rector. From 1956 until 1977 he was assigned to the community in Louisville where he was a professor, preacher, and assistant at various parishes. Rectors during this era were Fathers Ronan Dowd, C.P., Roger Mercurio, C.P. Simon Herbers, C.P., William Browning, C.P. and John Anthony Parenza, C.P. His final assignment was at Sierra Madre, California from 1977 until 1979. He then retired to Chicago, Illinois from 1979 until 1984 as a resident of Daneo Hall. He was known affectionally as “Doc” among his Passionist brethren. A high degree of intensity and interest was part of his personality. He was a devoted fan of the Cincinnati Reds. He died of a massive coronary in Chicago.