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Rev. Vincent de Paul Burnell
Rev. Vincent de Paul Burnell, O.S.A. (1911-1988)
Posted by TomCleary 2007-05-17


Rev. Vincent de Paul Burnell, O.S.A. entered eternal life August 27, 1988.

Vincent de Paul Burnell was born September 7, 1911 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to James and Anna (McAteer) Burnell. He had one sister. He was Baptized September 24, 1911 at St. Raphael Catholic Church, Philadelphia. He received the Sacrament of Confirmation May 26, 1927 at St. Edmond Catholic Church, Philadelphia.

After graduating from St. Edmond Catholic Elementary School, Philadelphia, he began his secondary education at Roman Catholic High School, Philadelphia. After one year there, he transferred to Augustinian Academy, Staten Island, New York, where he earned his diploma in 1930.

He was received into the Augustinian Novitiate September 11, 1930. He professed simple (temporary) vows in the Order of St. Augustine September 12, 1931, and solemn (permanent) vows September 12, 1934. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Villanova College, Villanova, Pennsylvania, in 1935. He pursued theological studies from 1935 to 1939 at Augustinian College, Washington, D.C. He also did graduate studies in Education and Mathematics at Catholic University of America, Washington. He was ordained a Priest June 7, 1938.

Father Burnell's first assignment was in 1939 to St. Rita High School, Chicago, Illinois, as a Teacher. When the new Augustinian Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel was establshied in 1941, he was affiliated to that Province.

He was in 1948 assigned to St. Thomas High School, Rockford, Illinois, as a Teacher. In 1952 he was transferred to Mendel Catholic High School, Chicago, as a Teacher. He also served as Procurator (Business Manager) there from 1953 to 1956.

In 1957 Father Burnell was assigned to St. Augustine Seminary, Holland, Michigan, as a Teacher. He taught at Tolentine College, Olympia Fields, Illinois during the 1960-61 school year. In 1961 he returned to teach at Mendel Catholic High School, Chicago.

Father Burnell became Assistant Pastor of St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Parish, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, in 1965. In 1978 he was transferred to Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish, St. Louis, Missouri. There he was a part of the Formation Team at the Augustinian Novitiate there, while at the same time serving as Chaplain to the Augustinian Cloistered Nuns in St. Louis.

He was in 1984 transferred to St. John Stone Friary, Chicago, where he participated in the formation of Augustinians who resided there during their time of theological studies.

Father Burnell was visiting his sister in San Diego, California and celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a Priest when he died August 27, 1988.

He had been noted for many years for his willingness to fix practically anything. He was an expert handyman and was eager to spend whatever time necessary to complete a project. He was an excellent example for the Novices in St. Louis and the students of Theology in Chicago in his attitude toward prayer, community, and the Augustinian way of life. He is remembered for his quick smile and eagerness to be of help.

He is buried in the Augustinian plot at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, Illinois.

Memorial gifts may be made to Augustinian Guild, Tolentine Center, 20300 Governors Hwy., Olympia Fields, IL 60461-1081.




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