Br. John Brown
died on Good
Friday, April 10, 2009 at West Chester Medical Center, Valhalla, New
York. Brother John was a graduate of the Benedictine High School
conducted by St. Paul's Abbey in Newton, NJ. After high school he came
to the newly founded monastery of Mount Saviour, becoming one of its
first members, on September 15, 1951. He was the first monk to make
Solemn Profession (final vows) at Mount Saviour on January 6, 1956.
Brother John was a valuable asset to Reverend Father Damasus Winzen,
the first superior, and made a significant contribution to the
development of the new monastery. He had an outgoing, engaging
personality and befriended the neighbors and many people in the Elmira
community. He was energetic, with an unlimited enthusiasm and a
positive attitude for whatever he was doing. Brother John was involved
in building construction and farm management while at the monastery. In
1980 he left the monastery and eventually resided in Montgomery, NY
where, later on, he contracted the illness that claimed his life.
During his time outside the monastery, Brother John continued to live
his life as a Benedictine monk, keeping up the devotional practices he
had learned; in his heart and soul he never left the monastery. He is
survived by a sister, Mary Ann Basile, 2 brothers, John and Cornelius,
2 nieces, 8 nephews, 16 grandnieces and nephews, and his long-time
friend, Tom O'Neil. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death
by a brother, Eugene Brown. For the convenience of his family, a
Requiem Mass was scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Mount Saviour
On April 1st., Br.
returned from Bethany Nursing Home where he received
helpful therapy to cope with his illness. The regular lambing
season began on April 15 and by the end of the month we had 175 new
lambs in our fields with more to come. We had beautiful weather
reaching 92 degrees to make the grass grow and save on heating
Sicilian donkeys raised with sheep with excellent disposition.
1 male, 8 months old. $200.00
1 male 3 years old, $300.00
Contact Br. Pierre for more information.
Shearing Day: Saturday, May 23rd, from 8:30 a.m. until
done. Mass will be combined with Lauds at 7:00 a.m.