Fr. Gregory Chamberlin, OSB, obituary
June 10, 2014
Fr. Gregory Chamberlin, OSB, monk and priest of
Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, died on June 10, 2014, in
the monastery infirmary. He was 75 and a jubilarian of both
profession and ordination.
Surviving is a brother, Floyd Chamberlin of Indianapolis,
Fr. Gregory was born in Indianapolis, IN, on October 12, 1938,
and given the name David Andrew at his baptism. After completing
his elementary education at St. Francis de Sales and St. Andrew
schools in Indianapolis, he entered Saint Meinrad High School
Seminary in 1952.
He joined the Saint Meinrad monastery as a novice in 1958 and
professed his simple vows on August 15, 1959. After completing his
education in our college seminary, he graduated in 1961 with a BA
degree in French.
He professed his solemn vows on August 15, 1962, and, after
completing his studies at Saint Meinrad School of Theology, was
ordained to the priesthood on May 2, 1965. He earned a master's
degree in French from Middlebury College in 1973
After ordination, Fr. Gregory served at Saint Meinrad College
for 25 years, as French teacher, assistant dean of students, dean
of students and vice rector.
He also worked in Saint Meinrad's Development Office, as
director of news service, as director of the parish program and as
alumni director. In the mid-1980s, he also served two terms on the
Priests' Council of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
His parish work began in 1987, serving short-term assignments at
St. Michael's, Cannelton, IN; St. Pius V, Troy, IN; and St. Louis
Church in Memphis, TN. He then served for two years as
administrator of St. Henry Parish, St. Henry, IN.
In 1991, he began a 23-year assignment as pastor of St. Benedict
Parish - later St. Benedict Cathedral - in Evansville, IN. He
retired in 2013 due to health issues.
In 2011, he was one of only eight pastors to receive a
Distinguished Pastor Award, awarded by the National Catholic
Educational Association, acknowledging his exceptional pastoral
contribution and leadership.
More recently, Fr. Gregory was on the Board of Directors of the
Vanderburgh County Right to Life and was the representative for
religious on the Priests' Council of the Evansville Diocese.
The Office of the Dead will be prayed at 7 p.m. on Thursday,
June 12, in the Archabbey Church, followed by visitation until 9
p.m. Visitation on Friday will be from 8 to 9:45 a.m. in the
Archabbey Church, followed by the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Burial
will follow in the Archabbey Cemetery. All times are Central
A memorial Mass for Fr. Gregory will be celebrated on Tuesday,
June 17, at 6 p.m. at St. Benedict's Cathedral, Evansville.