A funeral Mass for Jesuit Brother Robert L. Aug was celebrated May 6 at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church. Brother Aug died April 21 in St. Louis. He was 91 years old and a Jesuit for 68 years.
Born in Overland, he entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant in 1952 and pronounced first vows in 1954. He remained at St. Stanislaus working as an electrician until 1959, when he was missioned to St. Mary’s College in St. Marys, Kansas, to do carpentry and painting. In 1963, he pronounced final vows at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Cleveland.
When St. Mary’s College closed in 1967, he was sent to St. John’s College in Belize City, Belize, where he remained for 20 years. There, he took care of the community’s automobiles. When the priest who served one of the mission communities could no longer go to celebrate Mass, Brother Aug continued traveling to lead Communion services. Although this was not easy for him, he was faithful to it for years, as well as to providing free rides to villagers who were going back and forth to Belize City. The village people accepted him and loved him.
Brother Aug served as assistant minister to the Bellarmine House of Studies in St. Louis from 1987-90, when he was missioned as assistant to the director to the Jesuit senior care facility in St. Louis. He held this post until 2008, when he was made sacristan of the Jesuit Hall Community. In 2011, he was missioned to pray for the Church and the Society.
He is remembered by his brother Jesuits as prayerful, hardworking, unassuming and quiet. In his curiosity about how things work, he took apart many a device, but in his later years, he was notorious for his inability to put things back together.
Survivors include a brother, Richard Aug, and a sister, Dorothy Minkler. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.