Rev Louis Edward Hostlot

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Rev Louis Edward Hostlot

Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 1 Feb 1884 (aged 35)
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Plot American College Mortuary Chapel
Memorial ID 35976523 · View Source
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Third Rector of the American College in Rome and Private Chamberlain to Pope Leo XIII at the time of his death. Born JOHANN LUDWIG HASSLOCHER to German (Baden) natives Johann Baptiste Hasslocher, Sr. (1816-1871) and Franziska Bopp (1824-1865) in "Beford, Long Island", now part of Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in New York City. His sister, Anna Margareta Francisca Hasslocher, married beer baron George Ehret, Sr. (1835-1927), and his brother, J.B. Hasslocher, Jr. (1851-1920), married Eliza Ruppert (1852-1897), sister of fellow beer baron Jacob Ruppert, Sr. (1842-1915).

Hostlot was sent to the Manhattan parochial schools of the French Church of St. Vincent de Paul when about 14 years of age. Here, he came under the direction of French teachers who found his name difficult to remember and pronounce, and consequently altered it to "Hostlot." Upon the advice of the pastor of St. Vincent's, Father Matthew Nicot (who was to guide Louis into the priesthood) the Hasslochers allowed their son to retain that spelling.

Hostlot was graduated from the College of St. Francis Xavier, New York City, in 1868, and went to Rome, where he pursued a course of theology. He was ordained priest in 1873, was appointed Vice-Rector of the American college of Rome to then Rector Dr. Francis Silas Chatard. In 1878, Chatard was ordained Bishop of Vincennes leaving Hostlot in a pro tempore position until the end of that year. By then, the officials of the Sacred Congregation, knowing him to be an able administrator and willing assistant, decided, notwithstanding his youth (he was a mere 30 years old), to recommend him to the Holy Father for the rectorate. Pope Leo XIII consequently named him Rector on December 9, 1878; and before another month had passed, honored him with "Supernumerary Papal Chamberlain."

The college was in considerable debt when he made Rector. He not only succeeded in paying off the College's debts, but he was also able to fund the desperately needed renovations and repairs to the College. Further, Hostlot was able to acquire sufficient funds to purchase a country house in Grottaferrata, near Palestrina, for the use of the students during the summer months. The American College, as an educational institution, soon began to rank first among the colleges of the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda Fide under his guidance. Dr. Hostlot was made a Monsignor of the Second Class, and on December 17, 1883, was raised to the rank of Domestic Prelate of the First Grade by Pope Leo XIII.

Besides placing the College in the black, Hostlot was able to pay-off the purchase made by his predecessor of the land within the Campo Verano Cemetery in Rome, for a proposed mausoleum chapel for those who died while in association with the College.

These accomplishments pleased his seminarians, but his frugalness and sternness brought him some criticism and even a thwarted attempt to remove him. His strict, matter-of-factness and frugalness was attributed to his strict German upbringing in New York by his German-born parents and Catholic nuns.

During Christmastide 1884, Hostlot became ill, likely from the influenza gripping the city at the time. With some recovery, he relapsed and soon after given the Viaticum at daybreak on February 1, 1884, he died. He was 35 years old. The following day, he was carried in a lengthy solemn procession consisting of students, Capuchin friars, and religious superiors, to the local parish church, the Basilica of the Holy Apostles, around the corner from the American College. Post-burial obsequies continued for a month, ending in a Requiem Mass and a performance of The Absolution.

In his will, Hostlot had been very generous to the American College. He had set aside $5,000 (about $113K in present dollars) for the foundation of a new student scholarship, to be accredited to the Archdiocese of New York. As for the sum of 12,000 lire which the institution owed him at the time of his death, he relinquished any personal claim to it, requesting it be used to pay off the remaining debt on the new student villa, a debt that happened to have been exactly 12,000 lire.

The generosity which Monsignor Hostlot's family continued to show the College after his death was, in a sense, an extension of his own. The Hasslocher-Ehret families set up another student scholarship in his memory. In 1903, his brother, John B. Hasslocher, Jr., gave $500 (about $12,500 in present dollars) towards the purchase of the Pilotta extension of the College when the College was able to buy the property necessary for it. Ten years later, his sister, Mrs. George Ehret and the Ehret family, built and endowed improvements and expansion of the Mortuary Chapel where Hostlot now reposes. The Mortuary Chapel again underwent much needed restoration in 2007 and completed in 2010.

Record entered by K. Jacob Ruppert,J.D., great-great-grandnephew of Hostlot's brother, John Baptiste Hasslocher, Jr.

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