Neil Emon, osc, dies in Onamia
Neil Joseph Emon, osc, was born Nov. 20, 1940, in Hamel, Minnesota, to Clarence and Patricia (Kelly) Emon.
He died of cancer on July 28, 2019, at Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia, Minnesota, at the age of 78.
He attended Crosier Seminary in Onamia, Minnesota, and St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He earned a master’s degree in religious education at Loyola University in Chicago in 1972. Neil became a novice in the Crosier Order in 1960 and professed his first vows Aug. 28, 1961, in Hastings, Nebraska. He was ordained a priest June 3, 1967, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Neil’s assignments included serving as assistant novice master in Hastings, Nebraska, prior of the Crosier Community of Hastings and faculty member at the Crosier Seminary in Onamia; pastor at St. Peter in St. Cloud, Minnesota; parochial vicar at St. Alfred’s Parish in Taylor, Michigan; parish assistance at Our Lady of Joy in Carefree, Arizona; and prior of the Crosier Community of Phoenix. In 2002, he was removed from ecclesiastical ministry following a credible report of sexual abuse of a minor and was supervised under a safety plan until his death.
He is survived by his sister, Sr. Ann Marie Emon, OSF, of Sylvania, Ohio; his sister-in-law, Rosie; his extended family; and his Crosier confreres. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Clarence.
Services for Neil will be held at the Crosier Priory Church in Onamia on Aug. 10. The Memorial Mass will begin at Noon. Hospitality with the Crosiers will immediately follow the liturgy.