A Publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland
Catholic Voice Online Edition
Front Page In this Issue Around the Diocese Forum News in Brief Calendar Commentary
Mission Statement
Contact Us
Publication Dates
Back Issues

Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland

Movie Reviews

Mass Times

Catholic Voice
articles list
placeholder Fatima, Lourdes, Spain: Marian pilgrimage sponsored by The Catholic Voice

In their own words:
High school leaders: What prospective students should know about their school

Maker Lab spurs creativity at Moreau

SJND seniors connect faith, service

Carondelet adopts 'Physics First' inspire students in math, science

School of the future rises in STREAM Innovation Center 6

Building people of faith at St. Elizabeth High School

Catholic ministry at Cal State East Bay

New International Student Program

Four named National Merit semifinalists

Bishop blesses, dedicates O'Dowd's Center for Environmental Studies

Holy Names interim principal proponent of all-girl school

Richmond Ceasefire walk brings message of love, forgiveness

Blessings of the animals, 2014

Police chaplain role grew from informal to active for Father Richter

Three questions:
All about the Blue Mass

Cemetery celebrates 100th anniversary

Rev. Schall: 'Everything fits together,' has purpose for being

Bishop celebrates Mass for SPRED community

Fair Trade: Change the world one cup of coffee at a time

Whitaker's music to fill cathedral

Brother Stephen Cox

Oakland judge edits 'Black Domers' book

placeholder September 22, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA

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.

back to topup arrow


Copyright © 2014 The Catholic Voice, All Rights Reserved. Site design by Sarah Kalmon-Bauer.