Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Charles T. Urban, O. Praem.

Birth: November 26, 1926

Death: March 9, 2012

House: Daylesford Abbey

Our brother Charles Urban was born in Sea Isle, New Jersey in 1926 attended Annunciation Elementary School in Philadelphia and was graduated from Southeast Catholic in 1944.  That same year he joined the Merchant Marines and subsequently was appointed a Cadet Mid-Shipman and sent to Kings Point, Long Island until 1947.

After summer school at St. Norbert College, Charlie joined the Order in 1947 and was ordained to the presbyterate in 1954.  Appointed to the faculty of Southeast Catholic from 1955 until 1959; he taught physics and math.  Summers during those years were spent at Villanova and the University of Connecticut.  After a year at Archmere he was assigned to Premontre until 1962 when he again joined the newly formed faculty at Bishop Neumann High School until 1967.

Retiring from teaching, Charlie became a chaplain at Haverford State Hospital in 1967 with residence at Daylesford Priory.  A sabbatical in 1979 gave him the opportunity to be a chaplain-at-sea with worldwide travels.  In 1980 he functioned as assistant pastor of St. Norbert Parish in Paoli and from 1981 until 1985 as chaplain at Pennhurst State Hospital in Spring City, Pennsylvania with residence at Daylesford.

Charlie was a radio ham operator all his life as well as a photographer and lapidary artist.  It was not unusual to hear him grinding stones and metal into pieces of jewelry at all times of the day and night and then selling the pieces at local art fairs.

Charlie spent the final years of his life at St. Catherine Infirmary in Germantown, PA where he died on this day in 2012 at the ago of 86.  His body is interred at Daylesford Abbey.

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