Abbot Patrick Regan, OSB, the retired Abbot of St. Joseph Abbey, died peacefully on February 8 at the age of seventy-nine after a long battle with leukemia.
John Regan was born in New Orleans and made profession as a Benedictine monk in 1959. He was given the name Patrick. He studied at Notre Dame Seminary (New Orleans), Loyola University (New Orleans), and St. John’s University (Collegeville). He was ordained in 1965. He earned his doctorate at the Institute Superieur de Liturgie (Paris) in 1971.
He served as Abbot of St. Joseph Abbey from 1982-2001. He served on the faculty of St. Joseph Seminary College, the Pontifical Institute at Sant’ Anselmo (Rome), and the summer programs at St. John’s University and Notre Dame University. He wrote numerous articles and lectured widely. His last book was Advent to Pentecost (2012), a comparison on the structure and content of the Advent-Christmas and Lent-Easter seasons in the post-Tridentine and post-Vatican II liturgies.
Abbot Regan was a founding member of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL), the Society for Catholic Liturgy, and a member of the International Societas Liturgica. He served on the commission for the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, preparing a fifth volume of the Liturgia horarum.
The Funeral Vigil will be held at 7:15 PM on Monday, February 13. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Abbey on Tuesday, February 14 at 11:15 AM. May the Angels welcome him to Paradise.