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ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR 2017

Abbot Patrick Regan, O.S.B.

John Regan was born in New Orleans and graduated from Holy Cross High School in 1955 and entered the junior college division of Saint Joseph Seminary. In 1958, he was received into the novitiate of Saint Joseph Abbey, and he made profession as a Benedictine monk in 1959, when he was given the name Patrick. After ordination to the priesthood in 1965, he began studies at the lnstitut Catholique and the lnstitut Superieur de Liturgie in Paris where he earned a doctorate in theology in 1971.

Returning to his home monastery, he began a teaching career at Saint Joseph Seminary College that would last until 2001. During this period, he also served as chair of the Religion Department and as Director of Spiritual Formation in the Seminary College until he was elected the fourth abbot of Saint Joseph Abbey in 1982.

During his tenure as abbot, the monastery celebrated the centennial of its foundation in 1989 - 1990. The Abbot oversaw the establishment of Pennies for Bread and the Abbey. The Abbey Cemetery was also expanded under Abbot Patrick. The accomplishment for which he is most well known locally is the renovation of the Abbey Church, which began in 1996 and culminated in the Church's dedication in 1998.

Late in 2013, Abbot Patrick was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, and his struggle with the disease dominated the remainder of his life. He spent his last days in the abbey infirmary, cared for by his monastic brothers.

Abbot Patrick died peacefully at the abbey in Saint Benedict, Louisiana, on 8 February 2017 at 8 o'clock in the evening. He was 79 years old.


Previous Alumni of the Year
  • 2005 - O. Frank Morton
  • 2006 - Fr. Ignatius Ropollo
  • 2007 - Henry Carrigee
  • 2008 - Bishop Robert Munsch
  • 2009 - Roland Toups
  • 2010 - Salvatore T. Mule
  • 2011 - Rev. Danny Poche
  • 2012 - Kevin Ericksen
  • 2013 - Rev.Gerald H. Burns
  • 2014 - Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond
  • 2015 - Fr. Gerard R. Martin
  • 2016 - Brian T. Landry