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Father Bede Classick OSB

November 14, 1940 - May 26, 2021

The funeral Mass and the burial of Father Bede’s remains in the Abbey
Cemetery will be private. You are asked to keep a remembrance of Father
Bede and his Benedictine community in your prayers.
Abbot Marion Nguyen, O.S.B
& Monastic Community

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June 3, 2021

Early in his tenure at Saint Martin's, the School of Engineering had the honor of the presence of Fr. Bede in Cebula Hall. We were in a shaky position for Accreditation and desperately needed help. Abbott Neal was kind enough to send Fr. Bede to help us get the student course data records in order - there were no records anyway so he had to start from scratch! He (and the rest of us) were clueless as to what was required so we sent Fr. Bede (kicking and screaming, I may add) to Baltimore for a few days to find out from ABET what was required. Thereafter, he set up the entire program and was shortly thereafter was made an honorary Engineer (Fr. Bede Classick OSB PE). I am not sure that he realized that he would be 'invited' to bless all events - Ring ceremony, concrete canoe, senior projects, banquets,.... he came along like a good sport. There was one tragic occasion when we were particularly glad to have him in our midst. A student from Kuwait was killed in an auto accident on I-5 just a week or two before graduation. We conducted a memorial service for him led by Fr. Bede and the local Imam. Fr. Bede knew the student and was able to talk about him and it made the whole even very personal. He will always hold a place of love in my heart and, I am sure, in the hearts of many of the engineering alumni who came in contact with him.