Father Lawrence Hill, O.S.B.

The Rev. Lawrence Henry Hill, O.S.B., 64, a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2001.

Father Lawrence was born May 4, 1937, in Tarentum, a son of the late Edward and Helen (Burger) Hill and was one of six children.

He received a bachelor of arts from Saint Vincent College in 1961 and a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1965. He also earned several advanced degrees, including a master of library science from the University of Pittsburgh and master of education in counseling from Duquesne University.

He had worked since 1993 as a therapist at Westmoreland Gateway Rehabilitation Center and was credentialed as a certified addictions counselor in 1997.

Father Lawrence entered Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1958, making simple profession of vows July 2, 1959, and solemn profession of vows July 11, 1962. He was ordained a priest May 22, 1965.

He held several positions in the Saint Vincent Library, including acting director of libraries from 1968-69 and taught on the faculty of Saint Vincent College and Seminary. He also served on many college committees and boards.

Father Lawrence was a member of the board of directors of the American Theological Library Association and the Westmoreland County Historical Society. He belonged to a number of professional organizations and has been listed in such directories as American Catholic Who’s Who.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Womack and Martha Marie, and two brothers, Glenn and John.

He is survived by a brother, Raymond of Brackenridge.