Fr. Michael J. Lee, O.Praem

On Saturday, September 25, 2021, Fr. Mike’s Birthday, we will celebrate a memorial mass at 5:00pm.

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In his honor, we will establish a Fr. Mike Memorial Fund.  This fund will benefit the ministries of faith formation and education at St. Norbert parish.

Dear Friends,

As you know, Fr. Mike passed to eternal life last February.

On Saturday, September 25, Fr. Mike’s birthday, we will celebrate a memorial Mass at 5 PM, followed by a reception here at St. Norbert’s. At that time, we will honor our beloved former pastor and friend, who touched so many lives with his warm, gentle, joyful way.

A former teacher and administrator in South Philadelphia who came to love St. Norbert School, it seemed Fr. Mike was born to be a Parish Priest.

In his honor, we will establish the Fr. Mike Memorial Fund. This fund will benefit the ministries of faith formation and education at St. Norbert Parish.

More details regarding the reception will follow. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Hank Fila at 610-644-1655, ext. 143, or email him at


Yours in Christ,
Fr. Steve

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.
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.