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Father Julian Burt, O.S.B.,

Father Julian Burt, O.S.B., Monday, February 14, 2000

 Father Julian Francis Burt, O.S.B., 91, died Monday, February 14, 2000, after a long illness.

Father Julian was born Nov. 4, 1908, in New York City, the son of the late Julian and Mary (Markey) Burt. He attended St. Peter High School in Staten Island; later studied at Fordham University, St. Francis College in Pennsylvania and St. John's University in New York, and received a master of arts degree in philosophy from the Catholic University of America.

Father Julian entered the religious life in 1939, when he professed vows with the Fathers of Mercy. He first served in parish apostolates and on the faculties of several seminaries. In 1956 he entered the Benedictine monastic community at Belmont Abbey in North Carolina. There he served as a faculty member at Belmont Abbey College. Later he taught at Mercyhurst College, Erie, and at the Benedictine Military School, Savannah, Ga.

Father Julian entered the St. Vincent monastic community in 1968, and for several years he served in its pastoral apostolates in the dioceses of Greensburg, Altoona-Johnstown and Erie. In 1981 he was appointed pastor of Holy Cross Church in Spangler.

He retired to the archabbey in 1984, but continued to serve in weekend parish assignments until 1990. He also worked in the archabbey post office and helped with the upkeep of the St. Vincent Grove.

Father Julian published a number of articles in The Priest, Homiletic and Pastoral Review and Pastoral Life.

In addition to his parents, Father Julian was preceded in death by his sister, Louise Wragg. He is survived by his nephew, William Wragg of Branford, Conn., and cousin Rita Carlson of Sparta, N.J.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, February 16.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund, Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650-2690.

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