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Saturday, March 3, 2018
RIP Fr. Gregory Staab, OMV - Saintly Catholic Priest Dies after Long Illness - Missionary #Oblate
Dolanfuneral Release: Father Gregory Allen Staab, O.M.V., a faithful priest and a member of the St. Ignatius Province of the Congregation of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, died peacefully at Carney Hospital on March 1, after a long illness. Throughout his protracted illness, Father Staab was able to maintain an active ministry, offering spiritual counsel and the sacraments while continuing to serve the faithful.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Fr. Greg grew up in Monroe, Wisconsin, Fr. Staab was one of nine children of Eleanor M. (Botz) Staab and the late William J.Staab, MD. He made his final vows with the Oblates of the Virgin Mary on November 1, 1983 and was ordained to the priesthood by Pope St. John Paul II on May 31, 1984 in Rome. Father Staab obtained his S.T.B degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1984 and an S.T.L. in Spiritual Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1988.
Father Staab served in Pinerolo, San Vittorino and Rome, Italy from 1984 to 1988. He returned to Boston and was assigned to St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine and Our Lady of Grace Seminary in Boston from 1988 to 1991. He served as Novice Master at Our Lady of Grace Seminary from 1991 to 1997. Fr. Staab was the assistant pastor of St. Peter Chanel Church in Hawaiian Gardens, CA from 1997 to 2004 and again in 2007. From 2004 to 2007, he served at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Ituzaingo’, Argentina. From 2009 to 2011, he served at St. Francis Chapel and St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston, MA. He joined the formation team at the Oblate Center in Cebu, Philippines in 2011. He returned to Boston in 2014, where he was a priest-in-residence at Our Lady of Grace Seminary.
As an Oblate of the Virgin Mary, Father Staab was active in providing spiritual direction based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Father Staab was a well-known and beloved priest who could often be found hearing confessions at St. Francis Chapel and St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, as long as his strength allowed. He was especially gifted in serving the local young adult and student communities. Father Staab had a deep devotion and love for the Blessed Virgin Mary and helped guide many in making and renewing their consecration to Jesus through Mary.
Fr. Greg’s family and the Oblate community would like to thank the dedicated Carney Hospital staff and so many friends who kept him loving company during his years of hospitalization
Father Staab will lie-in-state at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, 1105 Boylston St. Boston on Tuesday March 6 from 4 pm to 8 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Agatha Catholic Church, 432 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186 on Wednesday March 7 at 10:30 am. Interment is at Milton Cemetery.