Father Vernon A. Holtz, O.S.B., 91, a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey for 66 years, died Tuesday, September 20, 2022. Details of the visitation, viewing and funeral service will be forthcoming.
A Hastings, Pennsylvania native, born September 30, 1930, he was a son of the late Andrew E. and Marie Holtz. Surviving are one brother, John Holtz of State College, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four siblings, Virginia Weakland, and William Holtz, who were Hastings residents; Patrick Holtz, who lived in Highland, Indiana, and Allan, who resided in Monongahela, and their respective spouses.
Father Vernon’s roles and contributions to the whole of Saint Vincent have been many and varied, from serving as assistant headmaster at Saint Vincent Preparatory School to coaching basketball and soccer at the Prep, from serving as director of the Counseling Center at Saint Vincent College and the priesthood formation program for Saint Vincent Archabbey, to serving as chairman of the Department of Psychology at Saint Vincent College and teaching in the department. All those roles were in addition to his service as a priest, as he celebrated 60 years of his ordination on June 2, 2022.