Father Paul Rubadue, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Thursday, July 21, 2022 after a brief illness. He was born July 29, 1934 in Columbus, Ohio, a son of the late Charles and Mildred (Downin) Rubadue. He was predeceased by his brothers Joseph Rubadue in 2020. Surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He attended Holy Family High School, graduating in 1952. He received a bachelor’s degree from Spalding College in history, Spanish and music in 1964. He received a master of music degree in voice from the Catholic University of America in 1969. He also studied at the University of Louisville and the University of Madrid. He earned a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary.
In 1952, Father Paul entered religious life as a member of the Xaverian Brothers, making his simple profession of vows on March 19, 1955. As a brother he taught in Brooklyn, New York; Louisville, Kentucky, and Leonardtown, Maryland. In 1981, he transferred his vows to the Benedictine monastery at Saint Vincent.
He was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 1986, by the late Bishop William G. Connare of Greensburg at the Archabbey Basilica. At Saint Vincent, he conducted choir workshops on the pastoral level and was a soloist at many functions, including weddings, funerals, ecumenical prayer services and graduations. He also served as camerata director. His service as a deacon was at Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish, North Side, Pittsburgh. As a priest, he also did parish work at Saint Benedict’s Parish in Baltimore, Maryland, and at Holy Family Parish, Latrobe.
The body of Father Paul will be received at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at the Roderick Hall Parlor at Saint Vincent Seinary, where viewing will follow until 5 p.m. The body will be transferred to the Basilica for the vigil service at 7:15, with Archabbot Martin Bartel, O.S.B., as celebrant and homilist. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, July 25 by Archabbot Martin, with Father Thomas Curry, O.S.B., serving as homilist. The rite of committal will follow at Saint Vincent Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund at Saint Vincent Archabbey, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650.