|Birth: ||Apr. 17, 1914|
|Death: ||Apr. 22, 2010|
Born in Lansing, Iowa, on April 17, 1914, Father James Kerndt attended Loras College from 1932, graduating Cum Laude in 1936. From 1937 till 1939, he served as Research Assistant at the Security First National Bank of Los Angeles, California, and from 1939 until 1942, he was Auditor of Richfield Oil Corporation of Los Angeles. In 1942, he joined the Navy and served as a Lieutenant in the South Pacific until 1946. James moved back to Lansing in 1946, becoming Vice - President of Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank until entering New Melleray Abbey in 1951. A brother of his, Gus, was killed in the Second World War.
Fr. James was ordained to the Priesthood at the Abbey on April 23, 1957. He was elected by the Community as the Eighth Abbot of New Melleray on July 28, 1964. When he retired as Abbot he served as Chaplain to the Nuns at Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey for eighteen years.
Dom James was an extremely generous man and he had an unusual gift for kindness and consideration for others. He became a noted Spiritual Director and Confessor for many religious and lay people in the area. Even in the Monastery he kept in touch with his family and was very interested in the lives of his many nieces and nephews.
A few minutes after Vespers, on Thursday, April 22, 2010, Fr. James Kerndt's heart gave out and he died suddenly in his room while Br. Walter Schoenberg was taking care of him. He was not feeling well in the his last few days, but his passing was unexpected. He used to listen to Vespers over the PA system in his room, so he died while listening to his community at prayer. It was a quiet, peaceful death with no one around. He was 96 years of age.
Visitation was held from 7 pm., till 8, at New Melleray Abbey on Sunday, April 25, while Funeral Mass was celebrated at 3 pm., on Monday, April 26.
New Melleray Abbey Cemetery
Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Oct 03, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59548015
Rest in peace, Father. Job well done.|
Added: Feb. 19, 2011
I Only Learnt Of Your Demise A Few Minutes Ago, Most Beloved Father James, And Wanted To Express My Prayers And Admiration Through This Memorial. Rest In Peace Now, My Good Friend And Mentor. You Shall Remain Forever In My Heart And Thoughts!|
Added: Oct. 3, 2010