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Community - January 8, 2014

Obituary: Brother Edward of Woodside Priory, 1942-2014

by Dave Boyce

Four Benedictine monks have become three at the Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley with the Jan. 2 death of Brother Edward Englund. He was 71. A memorial service is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, in the Priory chapel at 302 Portola Road.

During his 25 years at the Catholic boarding school, Brother Edward — born Richard Walter Englund — served in various positions, including academic dean and director of counseling and guidance, according to his home monastery, the Saint Anselm Abbey in New Hampshire.

He and his fellow monks spent decades together in their Priory quarters, a branch of the Saint Anselm monastery.

A video online shows Brother Edward talking about growing up in Connecticut. He recalled train trips home from boarding school that included layovers in New York City, where he would connect with classmates. "We would fool around in New York," he said. "You can just imagine, a teenager in New York City. It was great."

His parents split on his idea of becoming a monk: His mother never reconciled with it, while his father let him know that his choice was "fine," he said.

Go to to watch the video.

His education included a bachelor's degree in sociology, a master's degree in counseling, and a doctorate in educational leadership.

"Brother Edward was a significant force in the progress of the Priory, both in affairs of the school and the Benedictine Community," said Priory Headmaster Tim Molak.

"Foremost for Brother Edward was the ultimate good of the other person, (whether) confrere, student or colleague," said Rt. Rev. Mark A. Cooper, O.S.B., the abbot at Saint Anselm. "His brothers now entrust his soul to the God to whom Brother Edward was always most faithful."

Brother Edward is survived by his monastic community and members of his extended family.

In lieu of flowers, the community is asking that donations be made online to the "Brother Edward Scholarship Fund" at


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