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Kansas prelate served most of his vocation in Brazil

Scott City vocation, Bishop Hermes, dies

 

The Most Reverend Herbert J. Hermes, O.S.B., 84, bishop emeritus of Cristolandia, Goias, Brazil, and religious vocation from St. Joseph Parish, Scott City, Kansas, died Jan. 3, 2018 of complications from pneumonia at the General Hospital of Palmas, Tocantins, Brazil. The funeral Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Wellington Querioz of Cristalandia, and Abbot James Albers of St Benedict Abbey, Atchison, at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Paraiso do Tocantins. Burial was in the crypt of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Cristalandia, Tocantins.

Herbert Hermes was born at Shallow Water, Kans., on May 25, 1933, the son of John and Mary Hilger Hermes. He was baptized in St. Joseph Church, June 5, 1933. He received his elementary and secondary training in Scott City. He was an honor student at Scott Community High School and valedictorian of the Class of 1951.

After two years in the preparatory seminary of St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchinson, Kans., he entered the Benedictine novitiate on July 10, 1953. He professed his solemn vows on July 11, 1957. He received the major orders of subdeacon and deacon in Dec. 14, 1958, and Dec. 19, 1959, respectively.

The Rev. Herbert Hermes, O.S.B., was among seven Benedictine monks ordained to the priesthood in St. Benedict’s Abbey Church, on Ascension Thursday, May 26, 1960. The ordaining prelate was Archbishop Edward J. Hunkeler of Kansas City in Kansas.

Father Hermes celebrated his first solemn Mass at St. Joseph’s Church in Scott City on May 30, 1960. Father Herman Schulte served as the archpriest; Msgr. George Hussman, deacon; Father Peter Urban, sub-deacon; Father Arnold Tkacik, O.S.B., preached the sermon.

In 1962, he was assigned to St. Joseph Priory in Mineiros, Brazil, a foundation of St. Benedict’s Abbey. He was appointed prior of the foundation in 1985.

Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of the territorial prelature of Christlandia in 1990. The prelature covers 27,000 square miles. At the time of his appointment there were 245,000 inhabitants of which 80 to 90 percent considered themselves Catholics. There were only 12 priests serving the region.

Bishop Mathias Schmidt, O.S.B., of Barbosa, Brazil, ordained Bishop Hermes to the episcopacy at St. Benedict’s Abby on Sept. 2, 1990. He was assisted by Archbishop Ignatius J. Strecker of Kansas City, and retired Bishop Frederick W. Freking of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Prior to his appointment as bishop, Father Hermes had served as pastor of several parishes and mission churches in the Mineiros region of the Jatai Diocese.

During the 19 years of his Episcopal duties, Bishop Herbert ordained 16 diocesan priests, created seven parish and subdivided the prelacy into five pastoral regions. He welcomed several religious congregations of men and women religious to minister in the prelature.

Bishop Hermes was active in many organizations promoting the human, social, political and economic rights of indigenous and poor persons, who were often exploited and victimized by powerful alliances of corrupt government and business. He exposed the practice of modern slavery and worked to rescue the enslaved.

His opposition to acts such as these brought threats to his life.

In 1994, he created the Center of Human Rights of Cristalandia and established offshots called Human Rights Nucleos. He received the award, Honorary Citizen of the State of Tocinchins, from the State Congress, on Nov. 11, 2001. In 2002, he received national recognition as a Distinguished Personality in Human Rights.

Bishop Hermes inspired a cousin and a nephew as they sought their own vocations in the priesthood. He ordained Father Michael Hermes, a diocesan priest, and now pastor at St. Paul Parish in Olathe, and Father Alphonsus Hermes, a Norbertine priest of St. Michaels’s Abbey in Silverado, Calif.

Bishop Hermes retired on Feb. 25, 2009, and continued to reside in Brazil. He returned to St. Joseph Church in Scott City on June 19, 2010 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination with a Mass of Thanksgiving. He described his priestly ordination as the “blessing of blessings, grace of graces.”

His ordination, he said, offered to him the “sublime gift of Jesus using my throat, tongue and lips to transform bread and wine into His Body and Blood and to give the blessing of absolution for the forgiveness of sins.  Likewise the grace of anointing the elderly, the sick, the dying, of baptizing and of uniting couples in the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony, of preaching the Good News.” 

He is survived by his twin brother Norbert of Salina; a sister, Lucilla Herman in Oklahoma; nephews and nieces; and his brother monks and priests at St. Benedict’s Abby and the Prelacy of Cristalandia.

 

(Contributing to this article were Joe Bollig of the Leaven, and Herbert Hermes, columnist for the Register in Salina.)

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Oct. 28, 2018

Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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