Brother Stephen Cox
Brother Stephen Timothy Cox, a seminarian at Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon, died suddenly after an epileptic seizure on Sept. 4. He was 22.
Cox was born in Walnut Creek, son of Edwin and Nelda Cox. He spent his school years in public schools, homeschool, a small Catholic academy and prep school before graduating from Concord High School in 2010. He graduated with an associate of arts degree from Diablo Valley Community College in 2013. As a student at DVC, he spent a semester studying in Italy.
Moved by the movie, "Therese" by Leonardo de Filppis, Cox was called to religious life. He investigated several seminaries that had some connection to St. Therese. Unfortunately he was turned away from several seminaries because of his age and because he had epilepsy. Cox continued this search until he was finally accepted at Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon. Later he learned that part of the movie, "Therese," had been filmed at the abbey.
In response to this question on his application, 'Why do you want to be a monk at Mount Angel Abbey?' he wrote "Because I want to be a saint and I think that this is the best place for me to do that."
Cox's interests and activities clustered around music and church, according to an obituary posted on the website of Mount Angel Abbey (www.mountangelabbey.org/hilltopnews?article=111). "He played the trumpet and was a good vocalist. He sang in choirs at school and church and was looking forward to participating in the Renaissance choir at the Abbey."
Brother Cox began his postulancy on March 14, 2014. Six months later he died suddenly after an epileptic seizure.
He was described in the abbey obituary as having a "refreshing simplicity about him, a sense of humor" and was "humble and zealous; a good monk." He is survived by his parents of Concord, and by his older sister, Sarah.
The funeral Mass was held Sept. 10, followed by a procession to the abbey cemetery.
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