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Br Leonard Basso

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Br Leonard Basso

  • Birth 8 May 1900 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 20 May 1917 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 42640163

Leonard was barely seventeen years old when he died. One of twelve children of a very religious family, Leonard was one of five who entered religious life or the priesthood. He followed his older brother, Brother Peter Basso, to the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.

In 1915 Leonard joined the brothers at Metuchen, New Jersey, from St. John's in Indianapolis where the brothers encouraged his vocation. He began his novitiate the following year. While still a novice he became seriously ill. It was learned that he had an incurable cancer of the lower vertebrae. Leonard's mother cared for him at home, and the brothers from St. John's visited him daily.

Leonard was granted permission to pronounce his religious vows on his deathbed at home. He is buried in the family's plot at Holy Cross Cemetery in Indianapolis, just a few rows over from where eight other Brothers of the Sacred Heart are buried.


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  • Created by: Brother Xavier Werneth
  • Added: 3 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42640163
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Br Leonard Basso (8 May 1900–20 May 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42640163, citing Holy Cross and Saint Joseph Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Brother Xavier Werneth (contributor 47071997) .