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Tuesday, May. 19, 2009
BELLEVILLE -- The Rev. Lawrence Rosebaugh, a 74-year-old priest who studied at a seminary in
"As a priest he was not the collar type of priest," said his close friend, Sam Hladyshewsky of Shiloh, who attended the former St. Henry's Preparatory seminary in
"When you looked at him, you'd think he was the poorest of the poor. And those are the ones he served," said Hladyshewsky, a former priest.
According to a written statement from the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, of which Rosebaugh had long been a member, the priest was murdered during an attempted carjacking. The statement said the funeral will be today in
"He lived on the street most of the time because he ministered to the homeless," said the Rev. Allen Maes, an Oblate priest at the shrine.
However, The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Rosebaugh was killed during a robbery in which a gunman also wounded a Congolese priest. A spokeswoman at the
Rosebaugh, whose late mother, Mildred Rosebaugh, lived for years in the apartment community at the Shrine, often returned to the metro-east and was looking forward to retiring here within a few years. He published his autobiography, "To Wisdom Through Failure," in 2006.
In April, Rosebaugh, who signed his letters "Lorenzo," sent emails to Hladyshewsky, telling his friend about his work at a
In another recent message, Rosebaugh wrote, "This Holy Week I had three good days of retreat by myself in a great quiet place with beautiful trees and nature, only to view the devastated living conditions of the poorest just across the way. To have that reality so close made for an even better Holy Week for me."
In 1977, Rosebaugh was mentioned in an article in the June 20 issue of Time magazine, after he and a religious worker were arrested in the streets of
Rosebaugh, four fellow priests and nine laymen gained national attention in 1968 during the height of the Vietnam War when they broke into a Selective Service office in Milwaukee and removed 10,000 service records, which they burned publicly with what they called "homemade napalm."
Through that act, Rosebaugh and his fellow protesters became known as the "
In the 2002 book "From Warriors to Resisters:
There they went at night to a pine forest near where hundreds of Salvadoran soldiers lived in barracks while being trained by
The narrator of the incident, the Rev. Roy Bourgeois, later wrote that all three were arrested and, "...sent to prison for 18 months. But the truth could not be silenced and we spoke from prison."
Contact reporter George Pawlaczyk at firstname.lastname@example.org and 239-2625.