January 02, 2014
Communications and Marketing
Bro. Edward Englund, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Anselm Abbey, passed away January 2, at the age of 71. Since 1988, he had lived at Woodside Priory, a dependent monastery of Saint Anselm Abbey which operates a college preparatory school near San Francisco.
Bro. Edward was born in New Haven, Conn. He entered Saint Anselm Abbey (later the motherhouse of Woodside Priory) and professed his monastic vows in 1963. He graduated from Saint Anselm College with a degree in sociology in 1965.
Prior to his assignment at Woodside Priory School, Bro. Edward held administrative positions at Saint Anselm College, including registrar and residence director. He also was a member of the education faculty.
"Brother Edward loved his monastic community and his vocation as a Benedictine," said Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B. "He worked tirelessly for the students of Saint Anselm College and Woodside Priory School. Foremost for Brother Edward was the ultimate good of the other person--confrere, student or colleague. His brothers now entrust his soul to the God to whom Brother Edward was always most faithful."
At Woodside, Bro. Edward's recent position was director of student assessment and data analysis. He had served the Priory community in many influential roles, including academic dean, director of guidance and counseling, guesthouse master, testing coordinator, and dorm master.
"In all of these roles, Brother Edward was highly respected and loved and he will be missed by the many students, faculty, and staff whose lives he touched," said Head of School Tim Molak.
Following rites at Woodside, the monastic community at Saint Anselm received Brother Edward's body with calling hours Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Saint Anselm Abbey Church. Abbot Mark was the principal celebrant for a Liturgy of Christian burial at the Abbey Church at noon. After the Mass, burial followed in Saint Leander's Cemetery on the monastery grounds.