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SARATOGA, N.Y. -- Brother Elias Ippolito died Monday, Jan. 8, 2007, at 10 a.m. in Saratoga Hospital. He was 69 years old. Born James Samuel son of Vincent James and Caroline Adeline (Fulvi).

He is survived by his brother Richard; sister-in-law Cheryl; nephew Rainer; and his monastic brothers and sisters at New Skete in Cambridge, N.Y. His mother and older sister Carol passed away in the 1990s, and his father more recently. He grew up in Stamford, Conn., worked as a young man with his father, a general contractor, attended St. Basil’s Prep School there, then studied philosophy at Georgetown U. in Washington, D.C., engineering and arts at Lehigh U. in Pennsylvania., and church studies at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y., obtained a degree in philosophy at Fordham University in New York City, and did post-graduate theology with the Oratory of St. Philip Neri at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Brother Elias also sang in the Fordham choir and glee club and took Orthodox theology courses at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Tuckahoe, N.Y. In 1965. Brother Elias entered the novitiate for the Byzantine Franciscans in Sybertsville, Pa., and then in 1966 joined the Monks of New Skete as a founding member.

With the Monks he moved to Ridgway, Pa., and then in 1967 to Cambridge, N.Y., where he has lived for the past 40 years. There, Brother Elias taught classes in Sacred Scripture, sang baritone in the monastic choir, supervised construction, served as one of the monastery cooks, became president of New Skete Farms where he developed the mail-order department and recipes for food products. He became well-known in the upstate area for his work with the Farms food products and raised several New Skete shepherds and puppies through the years. He enjoyed working with silver and gold jewelry, enameling, and precious stones, loved gardening, trout fishing, and bird watching, and exploring new developments in Bible studies and Church law.

A service and wake will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m., with viewing starting at 4:30 pm, and a funeral Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m. Thursday followed by interment at New Skete on New Skete Lane outside of Cambridge.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 9, 2007
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