Brother Cosmas Rubencamp, C.F.X., of Xaverian House in Danvers, Massachusetts, died on Friday, May 5, at the Brentwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Danvers.
In Richmond, Brother Cosmas and his good friend Fr. William LaFratta served students in an unusually large number of colleges and universities. Under his leadership and coordination, the diocese developed an impressive network of ministries in local campuses and locations, as well as diocesan-wide programs and structures for this critical age group. During these years, Brother Cosmas also became involved with new outreach ministries to vulnerable and underserved populations, including the diocesan Haitian ministry and ministry to sexual minorities. He made innumerable trips to Haiti and was formally made the diocesan Coordinator of Haitian Ministry in 2002. He continued as a volunteer in this ministry after his retirement from the diocesan staff in 2005 until he relocated to Xaverian House.