Father Damian Albert Abbaticchio, O.S.B.
Born in Latrobe, on February 3, 1917, Father Damian was one of seven children. He attended Holy Family Grade School in Latrobe, and was a 1936 graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School. He graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1941 and Saint Vincent Seminary in 1945.
He entered the Benedictine monastic community of Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1938. He made simple profession of vows on July 2, 1939, and made solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1943. He was ordained a priest in Saint Vincent Archabbey Church by the late Hugh C. Boyle, Bishop of Pittsburgh, on November 4, 1945.
From 1992, he served as a senior priest at Saint Gregory the Great Parish in Virginia Beach with special pastoral ministry at Saint Benedict Chapel where he offered Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. It is in that spirit that this fund was created to support seminarians with a devotion to what has been called the Traditional Latin Mass.