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Rev Gery Meehan O.Praem.
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Father Gery G. Meehan, O. Praem., age 83, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, and a Norbertine priest, teacher, principal, and pastor passed into God’s Eternal Kingdom on 23 August 2017.

Father Gery was born on 6 July 1934, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John and Elizabeth (Campbell) Meehan.

In 1952, Father Gery graduated from the Norbertine Southeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA. He received a B.A. degree in Philosophy from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI, in 1957.

Upon entering St. Norbert Abbey, he was vested as a novice on 28 August 1952. He professed Simple Vows on 28 August 1954, Solemn Vows on 28 August 1957, and was ordained to the Priesthood on 18 June 1960.

Father Gery began his teaching and administrative ministry at Abbot Pennings High School, spending nineteen years in the classroom and eleven years as principal. During this time, he also completed his M.A. degree in French at Middlebury College, Vermont. He also served several terms as House Superior at St. Norbert Abbey and St. Joseph Priory. For almost 30 years, Father Gery assisted with weekend parish ministry at St. Mary Parish in De Pere. He devoted much time and care by his participation in the Cursillo Movement for 20 Years, and he coordinated the St. Norbert Abbey youth retreat program for three years. He was a French and German instructor at St. Norbert College for 2 years, and was named pastor of St. Norbert College Parish at Old Saint Joseph Church and director of Campus Ministry from August 1993 to February 2001. After his ministry at St. Norbert College, Father Gery ministered to the Hispanic parishioners at St. Willebrord Parish in Green Bay and at a number of local nursing homes.

Father Gery has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 1985 Ft. Howard Paper Foundation Humanitarian Award, the 1990 St. Norbert College Silver Knight Award, and the 1994 Roses for the Living Rotary Award.

Father Gery is survived by the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey; two brothers, James Meehan and Jack (Mary) Meehan; and beloved niece, Christine Parsley. Father Gery is also survived by the hundreds of students to whom he ministered so selflessly at Saint Norbert College and his cherished Abbot Pennings High School.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters; Sister Clare Amata Meehan, IHM, and Christine (Meehan) Perham.

Visitation will be held at the Church of St. Norbert Abbey on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 beginning with Vespers of the Dead – Reception of the Body at 5:00 PM and continuing until 8:00PM. Visitation will continue at the Abbey on Thursday, 31 August 2017 from 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial, expressing our faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection, will be held in the Abbey Church on Thursday, 31 August 2017 at 4:00 PM; Rt. Rev. Gary J. Neville, O. Praem., Abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, will serve as principal celebrant and homilist at the concelebrated funeral liturgy.

Burial will follow immediately in the St. Norbert Abbey Cemetery.

Ryan Funeral Home, De Pere, is in charge of the arrangements.

The Norbertine Community is grateful for the extraordinary care Father Gery received from the abbey medical and nursing staff, and for the many friends who visited him throughout his recent illness.


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Visitation

Wednesday

30

Aug

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. Norbert Abbey and Cemetery

1016 N. Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115

Reception of body will begin at 5:00PM

Visitation

Thursday

31

Aug

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
St. Norbert Abbey and Cemetery

1016 N. Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115

Service

Thursday

31

Aug

4:00 PM
St. Norbert Abbey and Cemetery

1016 N. Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115

Graveside

Thursday

31

Aug

5:00 PM
St. Norbert Abbey and Cemetery

1016 N. Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115


Memorial Contribution

St. Norbert Abbey

1016 N. Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115
The Father Meehan/Father Feldman Scholarship Fund
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