Fr. Michael J. Lee, O.Praem

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:30 AM the funeral Mass was live streamed from Daylesford Abbey

Fr. Lee was born in Philadelphia on September 25, 1943. A member of St. Gabriel Parish, he attended Bishop Neumann High School, entered the Norbertine Order and was vested with the white habit on August 28, 1961. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1970.
Fr. Lee earned his M.A. degree in History from Loyola University in 1972 and an M.A. degree in Religious Studies from Villanova University in 1973. For many years he taught at Bishop Neumann High School and was appointed Principal in 1992 and President in 1993. In addition to his ministry as a teacher he served as parochial vicar of St. Gabriel Parish and became pastor in 2000 serving in that position until 2010.
In 2010 he became pastor of St. Norbert Parish in Paoli and continued to minister and serve faithfully the parish community there as he had done in his previous assignments. Throughout his life he remained a faithful and loyal son of Ireland. For a number of years he marched in the annual St. Patrick Parade in Center City Philadelphia proud of his Irish heritage.
Funeral services for Fr. Lee are as follows:
A viewing will be held at Daylesford Abbey on Monday February 15, 2021 from 5 PM until 7:30 PM.
–  Masks and social distancing are required.
Mass of Christian Burial at the Abbey at 10:30 AM (limited to his family members and the Norbertine community) will be held on Tuesday February 16, 2021 with final interment in the abbey cemetery.
The funeral Mass will be live streamed via Daylesford Abbey’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and website ( – This will also be live streamed at St. Norbert Church in Paoli where parishioners are welcome to attend. Abbot Domenic A. Rossi, O. Praem. will officiate at the funeral service.
Donations in Father’s memory can be made to Daylesford Abbey, 220 South Valley Road, Paoli, PA 19301.
A memorial mass will be held for Fr. Michael Lee
at St. Norbert Parish at a later date.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and
let perpetual light shine upon him.
May the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace. Amen.