Fr. Bede Robert Jagoe was born (Robert Joseph Jagoe) on January 24, 1934 in St. Paul, Minnesota. His parents were Francis Charles Jagoe and Marie Catherine (Kokes) Jagoe.
He had one sister, Mary Frances (John) Modjeski and one brother, Patrick Henry (Elizabeth) Jagoe. Fr. Jagoe attended Hill School and St. Luke’s Grammar School in St. Paul, Minnesota and St. Patrick’s Grammar School in Mauston, Wisconsin from 1939-47. He graduated from Mauston Public High School in 1951. He then studied at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa from 1951-53 with the intent to join the Order. He received the Dominican habit on August 30, 1953 and received the religious name, Bede. He professed his first vows on August 31, 1954 at St. Peter Martyr Priory in Winona, Minnesota. Fr. Jagoe continued his studies at the Dominican House of Studies in River Forest, Illinois then later at Aquinas Institute of Theology at St. Rose Priory in Dubuque, Iowa where he was ordained to the priesthood on June 4, 1960.
Fr. Jagoe was sent to the foreign missions for his first ministry. He worked in Nigeria in West Africa from 1961-84. Fr. Jagoe was involved in pastoral ministry in the following places: Our Lady of Fatima, Gusai; and St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, Malumfashi. He also lived in Ibadan and was the prior of the community there. He also held various positions in the diocese in Catechetics and the Liturgical Commission. When he retuned to the United States, he was involved in the following ministries: 1985-86 as Spiritual Director, Notre Dame Institute for Clergy Education, Notre Dame, Indiana; 1985-86 as chaplain at the Dominican Sister’s Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin; 1986-87 a Acting Director, Center for Continuing Formation in Ministy, University of Notre Dame; 1987-89 & 1994-97 Director, St. Dominic Mission Society, Chicago, Illinois; 1991-93 Director of Campus Ministry, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri; 1997-2003 Director, Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus, Chicago, Illinois. His last ministry from 2003-10 was as part-time chaplain at Midway Airport, Chicago, Illinois.
As his health declined he was on limited service at St. Pius V Priory in Chicago, Illinois and was eventually admitted to Resurrection Life Center where he lived until his death. He was in and out of the hospital several times in the last year of his life. He died on August 5, 2014 at Resurrection Hospital. He was eighty years old. Morning Prayer Office of the Dead was sung and a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated. Fr Jagoe’s classmate, Fr. Benjamin Russell, preached the Mass at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in River Forest, Illinois on August 9, 2014. Burial was held at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Illinois. Fr. Jagoe is survived by his sister, Mary Modjeski and his brother, Patrick (Betsy) Jagoe as well as numerous nieces and nephews.