Roch Lauer, OFM
1878 – 1941
Br. Roch Lauer, OFM, was born in Madrill, Germany, on Oct. 10, 1878. His family came to America when he was 3 years old. They farmed in Roscoe, Minn., where Br. Roch grew up. He was a Tertiary Brother with the Commissariat of the Holy Land for four years.
He entered Holy Name’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., Aug. 31, 1905, and professed temporary vows Sept. 3, 1906. On Sept. 8, 1909, he professed solemn vows, and three years later joined Holy Name Province.
Br. Roch cared for the farm at St. Stephen’s Friary in Croghan, N.Y., for six years and was in charge of the extensive farm at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon , N.Y., for 12 years.
He served as gardener at Holy Name College, Washington, D.C., for nine years and died at there May 19, 1941. He was 62 years old and a professed friar for 34 years.