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Benedictine brother served 28 years at abbey, school

Benedictine Brother Joseph Dugick, an Omaha native who served 28 years at Mount Michael Benedictine School and Abbey near Elkhorn, died Jan. 1. He was 70.

A funeral Mass was held Jan. 4 at the community’s DJ Sokol Memorial Chapel. Interment was in the abbey cemetery.

For years, Brother Dugick cooked for his fellow monks on Saturdays, he was the abbey’s sacristan and served as a receptionist at the all-boys high school, said Benedictine Father Richard Thell, prior at the abbey.

Brother Dugick was known for giving and receiving greeting cards – more than 100 each Christmas – and took particular joy in going to the drugstore to get just the “right card” for each monk, Father Thell wrote in a summary of Brother Dugick’s life and service.

Brother Dugick also dressed up as St. Nicholas at Christmas and gave away candy canes as he visited area parishes and schools. He played St. Patrick on that saint’s feast day, and dressed as a clown at the school’s annual fall festival.

“Above all, Brother Joseph was a good and faithful monk,” Father Thell said. “One of his confreres said, ‘in Brother Joseph, there is no guile.’”

Brother Joseph attended Our Lady of Lourdes School and Omaha South High School. He worked for years with a local restaurant chain and held other jobs before going to the monastery in 1988. A year later, he professed his first vows.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frieda Dugick. Survivors include his brother, Don, of Omaha, and the Benedictine community.

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