St. Norbert Abbey elects seventh abbot

Dane J. Radecki, O. Praem. (Photo courtesy of St. Norbert College)

DE PERE (WLUK) -- The Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey has elected its seventh abbot in its 125-year history.

Dane Joseph Radecki, O. Praem., was elected for a term of nine years and will begin in his new position immediately.

A Pulaski native, Abbot Radecki was ordained to the priesthood in 1977. He received a Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, a Master of Science in Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of San Francisco.

Abbot Radecki held many positions in Northeast Wisconsin. He became the first principal at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay in 1990 and in 1993, he was appointed president of the school. Abbot Radecki joined St. Norbert College in 1999 and became vice president of Mission and Heritage and pastor of the college's Parish in 2001. He later returned to Notre Dame Academy in 2005 serving as president and in 2010, he was appointed pastor of St. Agnes Parish in Green Bay. In 2012, Abbot Radecki was named president of the Green Bay Area Catholic Education system (GRACE).

Abbot Radecki will receive his miter and crozier, symbols of authority and service, at a June abbatial blessing.

The previous abbot, Rev. Gary Neville, O. Praem, was first elected to a nine-year term in 2003, and was re-elected in 2012. He decided to retire early as abbot and not finish the term, according to the abbey's spokeswoman.

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