Fr. Eugene Hornstein, O.S.B.

1918 - 2004

Fr. Eugene Bernard Hornstein, OSB, died on Feb. 20, 2004, at the Richardton Health Center after a long illness. He had been strengthened by the Sacraments of the Dying.

Bernard Hornstein was born September 10, 1918, in Rugby, ND, to Bernard and Elizabeth (Schiff) Hornstein. He was baptized in St. Mary Magdalen Church, Johannestal, ND. He received his early education in the Rugby area. He came to college at Assumption Abbey in Richardton in 1936. After two years of college there he took a job teaching English in a rural school near Blue Grass, ND, in Oliver County northwest of Mandan.

Bernard returned to Richardton in 1940 and entered Assumption Abbey and was given the name Eugene. He professed vows as a Benedictine monk on July 11, 1941, and was ordained a priest at Assumption Abbey on May 19, 1946.

After ordination Fr. Eugene continued to teach English at the Abbey school until 1948 when he was appointed pastor of the parish in Odense, ND, in Morton County south of Mandan. In 1949 he did pastoral work in Lefor, ND, and then from 1950-54 in Hague, ND. During the summer he worked toward a degree in Education at Loyola University in Chicago and received his Masters Degree in Education in 1954. He returned to the Abbey to teach English in 1954 and was involved in administration of the Abbey High School from 1954-57 as Registrar and then as Superintendent. He continued his graduate studies at Loyola University and received a Masters Degree in Counseling and Guidance in 1963. In 1968, after the Abbey High School was closed, he was in charge of counseling and testing at Assumption College until it was closed in 1971.

At this time Fr. Eugene accepted a position as Chaplain at the State Hospital in Jamestown, ND, a position he held for 20 years. From Jamestown he moved to Bismarck to assume a position as Chaplain at Saint Alexius Medical Center until 1996 when he returned to the Abbey, and became a part-time chaplain at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Dickinson until his health prevented him from commuting to Dickinson.

Fr. Eugene was a most conscientious worker and was indefatigable in the performance of his responsibilities, especially his religious and monastic duties. He was a quiet, gentle, holy man with a sharp mind and ready reply. He loved playing Pinochle.

He is preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings. He is survived by his monastic brothers at the Abbey in Richardton, by one sister, Leona Powell, Garden Grove, CA, and one brother, Tony Hornstein, Cheyenne, WY.

A Vigil Service was held at 7:00 p.m., Feb. 23, and a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial was offered in the Abbey Church at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 24. Interment was made in the Abbey Cemetery.

Each monk of our monastery will offer three Masses for the repose of his soul and each monk of the Congregation is requested to offer the customary suffrages.


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