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Rev. Jude Randall, O.S.B. (1933-2021)

Our confrere, the Rev. Jude Randall, O.S.B., passed away this morning. May he rest in peace. A biography of Fr. Jude is below. Funeral services are: -- Vigil service at St. Procopius Abbey on Monday, January 11th at 7pm

-- Funeral Mass at St. Procopius Abbey on Tuesday, January 12th, at 10:30am


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, both services are closed to the public, but will be livestreamed on the Abbey’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/StProcopiusAbbey.



REV. JUDE RANDALL, O.S.B.


October 4, 1933 – January 9, 2021



Father Jude Randall, monk of St. Procopius Abbey and former President of Benet Academy, died Saturday, January 9, 2021.


Born in Downers Grove, Illinois, on October 4, 1933, David Randall attended the grade school of St. Joseph Parish and then came to St. Procopius Academy in 1947. He entered the monastic novitiate following his sophomore year at St. Procopius College and professed his monastic vows on June 27, 1954. After his theological studies at St. Procopius Seminary, Father Jude was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Martin McNamara at St. Raymond Nonnatus Cathedral, Joliet, on May 28, 1960. He spent some years as teacher and bookstore manager of the Academy and also assistant business manager of the Abbey, serving as the last “farm boss” while that monastic enterprise wound down in the course of the 1960s. In 1964, Father Jude agreed to the request of Abbot Daniel Kucera that he become the Abbey’s infirmarian, and for the next twenty-eight years he was most conscientious and solicitous in looking after the needs of ailing confreres. Father Jude succeeded his novitiate classmate, Father Ronald Rigovsky, as President of Benet Academy in 1992. In that position, he spear-headed the three capital campaigns that made possible the construction of St. Ronald gymnasium, St. Daniel theater, and St. Jude Hall, which modernized the school’s science and cafeteria facilities. With his faithful sidekick, Benny, a Golden Labrador Retriever, he was a constant presence at Benet events until his retirement in 2012. Father Jude’s health and mobility declined over the next few years, and in December 2016 he entered St. Patrick’s Residence in Naperville. Please remember Father Jude in your prayers.



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