Father Theodore Judd, C.P., Holy Cross Province (1898-1962)

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Born Charles Judd in Minneapolis, Minnesota on March 21, 1898, he was the son of Edward Judd and Sara Moran. He professed his vows on July 2, 1919 and received the name Theodore. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 23, 1923 with fourteen classmates. From 1925 until 1928 he was a professor of philosophy. In 1929 he was elected superior of St. Paul, Kansas. In the provincial chapter of 1932 he was elected first provincial consultor and was a popular preacher. In August 1934 Father Judd left the Passionists and the Catholic Church. He entered into a marriage for twenty five years. On the feast of St. Gabriel in 1959 he took the first step towards reconciliation. Permission was obtained for him to live as a member of the community as a laymen. He lived at the monastery in Des Moines, Iowa. He was formally accepted to begin his life as a lay brother on July 8, 1961 and was able to profess vows once again before he died. A short time before his death he complained of severe headaches and was brought to Mercy Hospital, Des Moines.