Father Regis Enright, C.P., Holy Cross Province (1911-1956)

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Born Elmer Enright on May 18, 1911 in St. Louis, he was the son of Anna Kuehlein and Timothy Enright. He grew up in Blessed Sacrament Parish and was known as Bud. He was an excellent young student. He met Passionist mission preachers as a young man. In 1926 he entered the Passionist Preparatory School in Normandy, Missouri. He professed his vows on July 30, 1931 and received the name Regis. He was known as a good carpenter. He was ordained by Bishop Floersh of Louisville, Kentucky on June 3, 1939 and went to Cincinnati, Ohio for Sacred Eloquence. His intellectual qualities were noticed, thus he was sent to the University of Notre Dame for scientific study. He studied turtles. While at Notre Dame he discovered, under the direction of Professor John D. Mizelle of the Department of Biology, a new species of worm called the Octopanniculus. In 1943 Father Enright was back at Normandy, Missouri where for seven years he taught algebra, trigonometry, chemistry and biology. In 1951 he moved to St. Gabriel Monastery, Des Moines, Iowa and gave missions and retreats. The following year he was in Houston, Texas where he solicited funds for the new Passionist Retreat House. This proved to be difficult work as he met with many refusals. Next he was assigned to Detroit, Michigan and arrived there in August 1952; however, he had to have surgery for a displaced disk. This took place in Cincinnati, Ohio where he also gave laymen’s retreats for a year. On August 31, 1954 he arrived at Louisville to conduct missions, retreats and Forty Hours and preach Sign Magazine subscription appeals. In 1955 he had more surgery before he died in 1956.