Fr. Charles Yost, SCJ, former library director, dies after brief illness

Fr. Charles Yost was the director of the Leo Dehon Library from 1964 until 1980.  He helped Charles-Yost-sq-150x150plan and design the library prior to construction of the new Monastery in 1968, while still a student in the library school at Catholic University of America.  He had a great love for music, particularly classical and liturgical – he built a collection of over 12,000 LPs and several thousand CDs.

“Yostie” served in many capacities over the years: missionary to Indonesia, work at the Province development office, parish priest, minister to retired SCJs, spiritual director of the Sacred Heart League, chaplain to the Ancilla Domini convent in Milwaukee.  Retired, Fr. Yost was a member of the Sacred Heart Community at SHML. In retirement, he continued to be active, overseeing the production of the American Ordo for many years in collaboration with the Province Development Office.

“Being an SCJ definitely influences how I minister. From the SCJs who have been my directors and mentors I have a deep appreciation of the Mass and the Eucharist that I try to pass on to others. I believe that as a priest I must be physically present to the people with whom I minister. That is a mark of religious priests and of the SCJs who have influenced me.”

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