Horner, Prior John Michael Stuart Timothy, O.S.B.
Fortified with the sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Friday, April 27, 2018.
Founding monk of Saint Louis Abbey and founding headmaster of Saint Louis Priory School. Beloved and esteemed brother of the monks of Saint Louis Abbey, former pastor of Saint Anselm Parish, author and translator, counselor and friend to many.
Born in Quetta, India, August 24, 1920, John Michael Horner served in the British Army in the Second World War and was clothed as a monk at Ampleforth Abbey in 1946. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1953. In 1955 he was one of three monks sent from Ampleforth to found a monastery in Saint Louis. The following year he opened the Saint Louis Priory School and served as headmaster until 1974. From 1981 to 1995 he served as the pastor of Saint Anselm Parish. In his later years he continued in active pastoral care for the members of the Abbey Family. To his fellow monks he was a model of patience and perseverance in monastic life always with a ready cheerfulness.
Services: The body will be received at Saint Louis Abbey, 500 S. Mason Rd., Creve Coeur at 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 4. An all-night vigil of silent prayer will be kept with the body in the Church. Those wishing to pay their respects are welcome from 6:00 p.m. until the funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 5. Burial will follow immediately in the cemetery adjacent to the Abbey monastery. Reception will follow in the monastery.