Order of Premontre, Premonstratensians, Norbertines, and White Canons

R. D. Gery Gerald Meehan, O. Praem.

Birth: July 6, 1934

Death: August 23, 2017

House: St. Norbert Abbey

Father Gery was born 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 1952-08-28. He professed Simple Vows on 1954-08-28, Solemn Vows on 1957-08-28, and was ordained to the Priesthood on 1960-06-18.

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.

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