Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Tuesday, March 24, Congresswoman Bachmann honored Saint John's University President Emeritus, Brother Dietrich Reinhart, for his life dedicated to service in Collegeville, Minnesota and the Catholic Collegiate Community. "The Saint John's students, faculty and administration were blessed to have such a leader in Brother Reinhart," Bachmann said, "I know the University will warmly remember his many contributions throughout the forty years he served there." Bachmann published the following statement in the Congressional Record, the official record of the proceedings of the House of Representatives, today: "Madame Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of service of Brother Dietrich Reinhart, President Emeritus of Saint John's University in Collegeville, MN. Brother Reinhart faithfully served his community since 1967 in various roles as a student, professor, dean and finally, as President of the University. "His accomplishments at Saint John's are numerous and have impacted so many students' everyday life. As liturgy director in 1983, Brother Reinhart led the committee on the revision of the Liturgy of the Hours at Saint John's Abbey, a version that is still used in public prayer services. Brother Reinhart oversaw the completion of student housing units, academic buildings, sports facilities, a student center and the art center as well as implementing the educational Core Curriculum and developing new majors in Peace Studies and in Communications to accommodate both the increasing number of students and the rising student academic profile. "In November of 2008, after being diagnosed with malignant metastatic melanoma, Brother Reinhardt commented that "Saint John's is a community where people stand by each other-they care about each other-and that there is always room in this community". Brother Reinhart passed away at the retirement center at St. John's Abbey on December 29, 2008. He will be deeply missed by his community and it is my honor to rise with the thousands of students whose lives he enriched to recognize his life and his accomplishments before you today."