Mass of Christian Burial for Abbot Warren Heidgen, OSB, 83, of Richardton, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Assumption Abbey. Burial will follow in the Assumption Abbey Cemetery.
A vigil service for Abbot Warren will take place at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Assumption Abbey.
Abbot (Leon Joseph) Warren died Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Richardton Heath Center in Richardton, ND, attended by family and community members.
Abbot Warren was born in Oak Point, IL, on November 16, 1934, to Leon J. Heidgen and Teresa Sarah (Hass) Heidgen. He attended Immaculate Conception Grade and High School graduating in 1952. He went to Holy Cross Abbey College, Canon City, CO, from 1952 to 1957. He entered Holy Cross Abbey on July of 1954 and made his monastic profession of vows on July 11, 1955. He did his seminary studies at Holy Cross Abbey and was ordained to the priesthood on April 30, 1960.
Abbot Warren was assigned as assistant pastor to St. John Parish, Longmont, CO, from June to August, 1961. Then he was appointed Assistant Pastor to Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Boulder, CO, from August, 1961 to January 1964. From January 1, 1964 to September 1965 he was named recruiter for the Holy Cross Abbey School and Camp Holy Cross.
He was again assigned as Assistant to Sacred Heart Parish, Boulder, CO, from September 1964 to June 30, 1968. From July 1, 1968 to June 30, 1979 he served as pastor of Sacred Heart in Boulder.
From August to December 1976 he had a sabbatical at the Institute of Clergy Education, Norte Dame, IN.
On June 9, 1979, Abbot Warren was elected as sixth Abbot of Holy Cross Abbey, Canon City, CO. He was blessed as abbot on July 25, 1979. He resigned as abbot on March 6, 1985.
He had a sabbatical at Sant’ Anselmo, Rome, from September to December, 1987. From July 1, 1988 to June 30, 2002 he was pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church, Buena Vista, CO. From September to December, 2002, he had a Sabbatical at the Hesburgh Renewal Center, at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL. He was Parochial Administrator of St. Mary of the Rockies, Bailey, CO, from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2007.
After the decision to close Holy Cross Abbey, he transferred to Assumption Abbey, Richardton, ND, on May 23, 2008, where he did weekend pastoral work, and worked as part time chaplain at CHI St. Alexius Health, Dickinson, ND. He also did lawn work, phone duty, garden and orchard work, and was cemetery custodian. He was a good addition to Assumption Abbey. He was an avid sportsman. In his younger years he was a skier and fisherman, enjoying the mountains and lakes of Colorado.
Abbot Warren is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brother Charles Heidgen, his sister Mary Therese Pollard and their families.
Burial Date: July 6, 2018
Funeral Home Dickinson, ND
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL :10:30 a.m., Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Assumption Abbey.
VIGIL SERVICE: 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Assumption Abbey.