Brother Norbert Aloysius Vogt, a Jesuit who spent 50 years in Belize serving fellow Jesuits missioned there, died May 16, 2015 at Saint Louis University Hospital following a stroke. He was 86 years old and a Jesuit for 65 years.
A native of Portage des Sioux, Mo., he worked as a laborer before entering the Society of Jesus in1950 at St. Stanislaus, the former Jesuit seminary outside St. Louis. He worked as a cook at St. Stanislaus before being missioned to Belize in 1962, an appointment that would continue for 50 years. For most of those years, he worked at the Jesuits’ St. John’s College in Belize City and served other Jesuits who worked there.
His jobs included community minister, guest master, house and college treasurer, consultor and treasurer to the mission superior. When his health declined, he moved to Fusz Pavilion at Jesuit Hall in 2012, where he prayed for the Church and the Society.
His ministry always placed him at the center of community life, serving the needs of his fellow Jesuits and he earned their confidence and trust.
He especially cared for young Jesuits in formation, helping them to discover God’s presence in their lives while in a culture different from their own.
Three brothers and three sisters survive him.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at St. Francis Xavier “College” Church in St. Louis.
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