Rev Albin Gnidovec

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Rev Albin Gnidovec

Death 19 Jun 1984 (aged 89)
Burial Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA
Plot WATAHA_5_J_1
Memorial ID 74268341 · View Source
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Rock Springs Daily Rocket-Miner, Jun 23, 1984

A Mass of Christian burial was concelebrated Friday, Jun 22, at the Catholic Church for Monsignor Albin Gnidovec, who died June 19.

Monsignor Gnidovec, 89, lived in Rock Springs since 1931.

Pallbearers were Rev. Charles Taylor, Rev. Charles Hardy, Rev. Daniel Colibraro, Rev. Gerald Sullivan, Rev. Thomas Ogg and Rev. Patrick Trujillo.

The Most Rev. Bishop Joseph Hart, D.D., Bishop of Cheyenne; the Most Rev. Lawrence H. Welsh, Bishop of Spokane, Wash., and his friends in the priesthood officiated.

A parish rosary was recited June 21 at the Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. Interment was at the St. Joseph's Cemetery in Rock Springs.

He was born in the province of Kranjako, Austria, which later became Yugoslvia, on Aug. 27, 1894, the son of the late Josef and Elizabeth Vidmar Gnidovec. Monsignor Gnidovec attended schools in Kranjako.

He graduated from gymnasium and secondary school, a secondary school equal to the local high school, and from a two-year college in 1914 in preparation for the seminary in Ljubljana. He completed his seminary training in 1918.

He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 2, 1918 and served as assistant in two parishes in the Diocese of Ljubljana until September of 1925 when he came to the United States to serve as assistant pastor at the Saint Laurence's Church in Cleveland, Ohio.

After nearly six years in Cleveland, he came to Rock Springs in June of 1931 in answer to a request from the late Wyoming Bishop, Patrick McGovern, for priests who could speak Slovak and related languages. He began his duties as pastor of the Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church on June 26, 1931.

He received the appointment of Monsignor from Pope Paul VI on Nov. 7, 1964. Investiture with the monsignoral robes was held Jan. 31, 1965 in Rock Springs, with Monsignor Patrick Kennedy of Ogden, Utah performing the ceremony.

Monsignor Gnidovec has been a consultor of the diocese and dean of the Rock Springs Deanery since 1966.

According to Daily Rocket-Miner archives, Monsignor Gnidovec's day started at 5 a.m. with daily Mass. For many years he celebrated three Masses on Sundays. During many of those years, daily confessions were heard before week-day Masses.

Monsignor Gnidovec built mission chapels in Pinedale and Eden. From 1941 until 1953, he traveled 100 miles between Rock Springs and Pinedale each Sunday to perform Mass. This traveling was performed after two regularly scheduled Masses in Rock Springs and, at times, under adverse weather conditions.

Until the erection of the parochial school in 1949, Monsignor Gnidovec conducted separate weekly classes in catechism for grade and high school students for the parish. He traveled two afternoons a week to Reliance, Stansbury and Quealy, conducting religious classes at the mining camps.

His parish obligations included supervision and maintenance of the church, convent, and parochial school buildings. Under the direction of Monsignor Gnidovec, extensive property was acquired for the parish.

Through the years, Monsignor Gnidovec made regular visits to hospitalized parishioners. Monsignor Gnidovec was an active member of the Lions Club in Rock Springs for many years. His hobbies included photography, travel and hiking in the mountain of Wyoming.

Monsignor Gnidovec, according to Rocket-Miner archives, lived with the "feeling of privilege in being a priest." He retired as pastor of Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in August of 1972.

Survivors include 2 sisters, Mrs. Yvonne Amad of St. Louis and Ammollia Jarrc of Yugoslavia; 3 brothers, Josef, Frank and Edward, all of Yugoslavia and several nieces and nephews, including John Amad of St. Louis, Mary Ann Lee of Gig Harbor, Wash., Joan Repa of St. Louis and Monica Pigsecki of Phoenix, Ariz.

In addition to his parents, Monsignor Gnidovec was preceded in death by three sisters, Katherine, Mary and Josephine, and three brothers, Karl, Louis, Karl [sic].


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