Fűz, Blaise

From Biographia Cisterciensis

Blaise Fűz OCist

Blaise Fűz OCist

hungrian: Fűz Balázs

3. Abbot the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank in Sparta, Wisconsin

* 22 April 1922 Székesfehérvár, Hungary
16 Nov 2008 Sparta, Wisconsin, USA

Dom Blaise was born Janos Fűz in Székesfehérvár, Hungary to the late Janos and Ilona Süle Fuz. His father was an officer in the Hungarian Army. After attending the local Cistercian School for 8 years, he entered the Abbey of Zirc in 1940 as a novice and was solemnly professed as a choir monk of the abbey two years later, and ordained to the priesthood in 1945.

After studying theology for a year at the Dominican House of Studies in Budapest, Dom Blaise spent two years studying philosophy at the University of Budapest as well as at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he received a licentiate in canon law. For the next 25 years, he resided in Rome and served as secretary to the Abbot General of the Cistercian Order and later economist of the order, managing its financial affairs. During this period he was instrumental in helping Hungarian religious emigrate to the West and kept channels of communication open between Rome and Hungary's monasteries. For his work with the church in the Soviet Bloc, he was made a chaplain of the Order of Malta. In 1973 he came to the Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, where he was named prior, a post he held for 26 years during which he oversaw the community's move to its present location on a 550 acre tract of land in Sparta. In 1989, he was elected the third abbot of Spring Bank and served until his resignation at the canonically required age of 75 in 1997.

Dom Blaise was an avid photographer and his numerous albums documenting his travel on behalf of the Cistercian Order and on vacation provide an important glimpse into post World War II ecclesiastical life in Europe. He spoke seven languages and was very fond of translating idioms and folk expressions from one language to another.

Dom Blaise died November 16, 2008, in Sparta after a brief illness. His body was interred in the Abbey cemetery. Our Lady of Spring Bank was suppressed on October 6th, 2011, the bodies of the monks were moved to the Valley of Our Lady Monastery Cemetery, Prairie du Sac, Sauk County, Wisconsin, USA.



Prof.: 30. Aug. 1941 (Zirc); Sac.: 8. Mai 1945 (Zirc); Abbas: el. 13. Dez. 1989, ben. 17. Dez. 1989, res. 25. April 1997.



Citation: Fűz, Blaise, in: Biographia Cisterciensis (Cistercian Biography), Version vom 19.9.2015, URL: http://en.biocist.org/wiki/F%C5%B1z,_Blaise

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