Father Jerome Stowell, C.P., Holy Cross Province (1913-1999)

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Born June 1, 1913 in Decatur, Illinois he went to the Passionist Preparatory School in Normandy, Missouri. He professed his vows on July 27, 1932 and was ordained a priest on May 18, 1940. He served as professor of modern languages in the Passionist Seminary until 1945. For the next twenty-five years he conducted retreats and parish missions throughout the United States. In 1971 he was named pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Norwood Park, Chicago, Illinois and retired from the position in 1980. Until his death he was chaplain on the staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital West Lake, St. Louis, Missouri. He was a fluent linguist in Latin, Spanish, and German and held a Masters Degree in Sacred Liturgy from Notre Dame University and a diplomate of the Liturgical Institute, Trier, Germany. He was a self-taught organist, loved classical music, an avid hiker and golfer. He was also a fourth degree Knight of Columbus and was chaplain to the St. Phillipine Duchesene Assembly, St. Charles, Missouri. He died of a sudden heart attack while returning from Chicago to pastoral duties in St. Louis.