Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Fr. Gregory Chamberlin, OSB, obituary

June 10, 2014

Fr _Gregory _Chamberlin _colorFr. 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, IN.

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 Time.

A memorial Mass for Fr. Gregory will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 17, at 6 p.m. at St. Benedict's Cathedral, Evansville.