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R.D. Lambert Clayton Baeten, O. Praem.
b. Sunday January 1, 1933 – d. Thursday March 20, 2008

Reverend Lambert Clayton Baeten, O. Praem., age 75, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on Thursday, March 20, 2008 while serving as pastor of Parroquia Asunción de Nuestra Señora/Santa Clotilde on the Rio Napo, Iquitos, Peru, South America.

Father Baeten was born on January 1, 1933, in Green Bay, WI, to John and Catherine  (Heezen) Baeten.  His home parish was St. Boniface, De Pere, WI.

In 1950, Father Lambert graduated from St. Norbert High School, De Pere, WI.  He received a B.A. degree from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI in 1956 and an M.A. degree from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI in 1960 in Liberal Arts/Latin.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on August 28, 1952.  He professed Simple Vows on August 28, 1954, Solemn Vows on August 28, 1957 and was ordained to the Priesthood on May 23, 1959.

Father Lambert taught at St. Norbert High School, later known as Abbot Pennings High School in De Pere, WI; Premontre High School in Green Bay, WI; and Bishop Neuman High School in Philadelphia, PA.

In 1966 he traveled to Peru after Pope John XXIII asked for the establishment of missions throughout Latin America .   He worked in the San Norberto Parish in the capital city of Lima ; volunteered for a year  in 1970 helping survivors of an earthquake in the Andes Mountains ; and a year later established the Parish of San Marcos in San Juan Lurigancho, just outside of Lima.  In 1987 he went to help fellow De Pere native and Norbertine Rev. Jack MacCarthy with a mission in the Napo jungle.  On June 6, 1988, Father Lambert became the pastor of the parish in Santa Clotilde located on the Rio Napo outside Iquitos, Peru.  

Except for the occasional visits back home, Father Lambert has spent the past 42 years serving as a missionary in South America.

Father Baeten is survived by the Norbertine Community; two brothers, Lawrence (Sue) Baeten, Green Bay, WI, Earl (Shirley) Baeten, Edgewood, KY; two sisters, Blanche (Alvin) Sigl, Naples, FL, and Eleanor (Jack) Teresinski; nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Fratrum et Sororum Nostrorum,
Qui Nos Praecesserunt
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our brothers and sisters
who have preceeded us
and now sing in Your Presence.
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nos confrères et consoeurs
qui nous ont précédés
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Unsere Mitbrüder und Mitschwestern, 
die vor uns gegangen sind,
In Ihrer Anwesenheit zu singen
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nuestros hermanos y hermanas,
que nos han precedido
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