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In Memoriam – Peter Froess

Froess, Peter


July 12, 1922 – October 12, 2014

Peter Froess was born on July 12, 1922 at home on the family farm near Conception Church in the Carmel district.  After completing his education at Cranish Lake Rural School, Peter stayed home to help out on the family farm and also worked at several other farms in the Carmel area.

Later Peter farmed the family farm with his brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Marian, for many years. He worked for a time at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Humboldt, at a nickel mine in Sudbury, Ontario, and at Wappel Construction in Saskatoon and Regina.  Pete’s first love was always farming. 

When he retired from farming, Pete moved to Humboldt.  His love for the land didn’t allow him to stay away from farming for long and soon he was helping out at St. Peter’s Abbey farm as a faithful and dedicated volunteer. He was well known to abbey guests as a kind and gentle character.

Peter had a great sense of humour and loved visiting and joking with people.  Telling long stories, smoking cigars, and playing Santa Claus were among his favorite pastimes.

After living in Humboldt for close to 20 years, he moved to Muenster.  He was only there a short time when his health began to fail.  Late last year, he moved to Bethany Pioneer Village in Middle Lake where he lived until his passing on Oct. 12.


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Death Notice: Peter Froess (1922-2014)

Middle Lake, SK — Peter Froess (92), a long time friend, worker and Oblate of Saint Peter’s Abbey has recently passed on to his eternal reward.  May he rest in peace.

Peter Froess died on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 11:00 a.m in Bethany Home in Middle Lake. He was at the abbey a couple years ago to join in a Christmas party for staff. He often did volunteer work around the abbey after his retirement from his farm some years ago.


Prayer Vigils: 7:30pm, Friday, October 17 at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, Humboldt, SK.

Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00am, Saturday, October 18, at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, Humboldt, SK.  Presiding: Abbot Peter Novecosky, O.S.B.

Peter Froess and Terri Zacharias, Oblates of Saint Benedict.

The late Peter Froess and Terri Zacharias, Oblates of Saint Benedict at an Oblate Day talk.


Thanksgiving 2014


Brs. Stephen Predy and Benedict van Ginkel, O.S.B. along with a vocation discerner, Daniel Batushin, stand beside the display they made for Thanksgiving weekend. The banners are a gift from the Ursulines of Bruno community.



Students, family members, and Sr. Maybelle dela Cruz, M.A.C.E., of St. Augustine’s Parish, Humboldt, SK, joined the community in celebrating Thanksgiving this year.




Fr. Demetrius celebrates 25th Anniversary


Father Demetrius' 25th Anniversary of Profession.

Father Demetrius’ 25th Anniversary of Profession.

Muenster, SK — On October 8, the Latin Rite memorial of St. Demetrius, a small gathering took place to celebrate Father Demetrius Wasylyniuk’s 25th Anniversary of Monastic Profession.  Resurrecting an old tradition, Br. Stephen Predy assisted Father Demetrius in distributing the celebratory cake, in much the same way Father Demetrius did when he made his first profession of vows.

25th Anniversary October 2014 (4)

25th Anniversary October 2014 (16)


For the Birds


Muenster, SK — Br. Wolfgang Thiem checks out his sunflower seed plants in the abbey garden. He harvests the sunflowers in order to feed the chickadees over the winter. But he puts plastic bags over the sunflower heads in fall to protect them from prying birds.


Final Year of Seminary


Muenster, SK — Br. Cosmas Epifano left  the abbey Oct. 7 to fly to Rome for his final year of theology studies. He was ordained deacon this summer and plans to be ordained to the priesthood next July.


Fall Blessings abound at St. Peter’s Abbey


Muenster, SK. — Harvesting is in full swing in the Muenster area at the end of September. Br. Basil Schaan checks some of the organic wheat swaths near Muenster and then checks out a truck ready to unload. Some farmers are already finished their harvest while others still have a week or so to go.




Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Plenary Assembly 2014

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Abbot Peter Novecosky is attending the annual plenary meeting of the Canadian bishops at Beaupré, Quebec, Sept. 15 – 19. It is along the St. Lawrence River, near the famous shrine of St. Anne de Beaupré.


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Prior to the annual CCCB meeting of bishops, Abbot Peter joined them for the celebration in Quebec City of the 350 anniversary of the founding of Notre-Dame de Québec, the first Catholic parish founded north of the Spanish colonies.


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In Memoriam – Leonard Novecosky (1933-2014)

          Leonard Novecosky was an Oblate of St. Peter’s Abbey and related to several of the monks of the community, he was Abbot Peter’s elder brother.  May he rest in peace.


March 27, 1933 – September 9, 2014
It is with saddened hearts that the family of Leonard Novecosky of Humboldt, SK, announces his passing on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, SK, at the age of 81 years. Leonard will be lovingly remembered by his wife of five years, Jane Novecosky; his six children and their families: Jerome (Loretta) Novecosky of Burr, Kurtis (Kendra), Raelynn (Glen) Qualie, and Dustin (Jenna); Theresa (Lorne) Niekamp of Humboldt, Mathew (Michelle) and children Leina and Easton, Kyle (Tara) and son Seamus, and Jessica; Francis (Donna) Novecosky of Humboldt, Adam (Sarah) and son Kayden, and Josh (Jennifer) and son Jake; Lawrence (Gail) Novecosky of Regina, Kristopher, Daniel and Jonathan; Philip (Michele) Novecosky of Courtenay, BC, Jessica and Ryan; and Dona Novecosky of Whitehorse, YT; Jane’s children: Cindy (Myles) Stumborg, Kelly (Alvin) Tarnowski, Kurtis (Arlene) Hall, Greg Hall, and Colin Hall; four sisters and two brothers: Edith (Peter) Knaus, Emma Zubot, Freda (Ardel) Paproski, Agnes (Walter) Trotic, Arnold (Pat) Novecosky, and Abbot Peter Novecosky, OSB; and by brother-in-law, Vince Knaus. He was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Sadie (nee Kaminski) Novecosky (March 1, 2006); parents, Martin and Elizabeth (nee Suchan) Novecosky; sister, Irene Knaus; and by brother-in-law, Emmett Zubot. The Prayer Service for Leonard will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 8:00 p.m., led by Nestor Trach, and the Funeral Mass will be offered on Friday, September 12, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., concelebrated by Abbot Peter Novecosky, OSB, and Fr. Rudolph Novecosky, OSB. Both services will be held at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, Humboldt, SK. Interment will take place at St. Scholastica Roman Catholic Cemetery, Burr, SK. Memorial donations may be directed to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), 1705 McKercher Drive, Saskatoon, SK, S7H 5N6. Schuler-Lefebvre Funeral Chapel, Humboldt, SK. (306-682-4114)