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Mass to honor priest’s 100th birthday

Statement as issued Tuesday by Diocese of Ft. Wayne –South Bend:

FORT WAYNE — Father Robert L. Traub, longtime diocesan priest, will turn 100 years young on Aug. 23.

Born in Muncie to Adam and Anna Traub, he is the oldest of nine, with five brothers and three sisters.

Young Robert attended St. Lawrence School, Muncie, and Columbia College, Dubuque, Iowa. He enrolled at St. Meinrad Seminary, St. Meinrad, and was ordained to the Priesthood on June 3, 1939, by Bishop John F. Noll in the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne.

After his ordination, he obtained a teaching degree from the University of Notre Dame, and initially was appointed as an assistant at St. Joan of Arc Church, Kokomo, in September of 1940 with residence at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital. In July of 1943, he was named to the teaching staff of Catholic Central High School, Hammond, where he enjoyed teaching a variety of courses including Latin, religion, civics, economics and American history, which was his major subject.

In July of 1955, Father Traub was named pastor of St. Joseph Church, Bluffton, and in July of 1968 was transferred to Besancon where he served as pastor of St. Louis Church for two years until he was appointed pastor of St. Mary Church, Huntington. In July 1978, he was assigned as pastor of St. John Bosco Church, Churubusco, and Immaculate Conception Parish, Ege.

Father Traub retired on Sept. 11, 1978, and was in residence at St. Jude Church, Fort Wayne, for nearly 20 years. Currently, Father Traub lives at Saint Anne Home and Retirement Community, 1900 Randallia Dr., Fort Wayne, IN 46805, Room 1020, should anyone care to drop him a note or greeting card.

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades will celebrate a special Mass on Aug. 23, at 12:05 p.m. with other priests of the diocese in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne, to honor Father Traub’s 100th birthday. Following the Mass, the priests will gather at the nearby Archbishop Noll Center for a luncheon to celebrate the birthday of the eldest priest of the diocese.

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