MOUNT ANGEL - Benedictine Father Henry William LaCerte, who taught moral theology at Mount Angel Seminary for 30 years, died here Jan. 25. He was 72.

Father LaCerte was born in Collyer, Kansas on April 11, 1933. He became a Benedictine monk in 1953 at Holy Cross Abbey in Canon City, Colorado, pronounced his Solemn Vows July 11, 1957, followed by his ordination to the priesthood in 1959.

He earned a Doctorate of Sacred Theology, Doctorate of Canon Law, Doctorate in Theology, and a Doctorate of Ministry. Father LaCerte attended the International Benedictine Collegio di San Anselmo in Rome and the University of Ottawa in Canada for his theological and Canon Law degrees. Later in his career he earned his final degree in ministry from the San Francisco Theology Seminary. His last position was chaplain of Marylhurst University, Lake Oswego, and professor of theology. Father LaCerte taught moral theology at Mount Angel Seminary for three decades, as well as serving as Academic Dean for 15 years.

He is survived by his sister Jeanne LaCerte of Bethesda, Md., and by many friends and associates.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday at St. Paul Parish in Silverton.