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On Sept. 7, 1922, Crosier College opened its doors to seven students. A week later, on Sept. 13, the new Crosier Monastery was dedicated as the Priory of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, with Abbot Alcuin Deutsch, osb, from St. John's Abbey presiding. The following day, the first prior, Fr. William Van Dinter, osc, was elected. On Sept. 29, the Crosier Novitiate was established and the first American Crosier, Thomas Brandon, osc, was accepted.
Crosier Seminary educated hundreds of young men, many of whom went on to explore their own vocation to Crosier Religious Life. The school closed in 1989.
Sacred Heart Academy
Ft. Wayne, Ind.
When it was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross from South Bend, Ind., Sacred Heart Academy was an all-girls' school. In 1938, Fr. Thomas Brandon, osc, was asked by the bishop of Ft. Wayne, Ind., to establish a preparatory seminary there, so he renovated the old academy building and the seminary opened its doors on Sept. 12, 1939, to 22 students. These young men came from the dioceses of Ft. Wayne in Indiana, Toledo and Cleveland in Ohio, Detroit in Michigan, and Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. After it closed in 1948, the facility became a house of formation and major seminary for the Crosiers.
Our Lady of the Lake Seminary and Wawasee Prep
After Sacred Heart Seminary in Ft. Wayne reached capacity in 1948, the Crosiers were invited once again by the bishop of Ft. Wayne to staff the official diocesan seminary. The seminary, located at Lake Wawasee, was led by Prior Leo Kapphahn, osc, who also served as rector of Our Lady of the Lake Seminary. Later the seminary was known as Wawasee Prep until it closed in 1975.