Paying Tribute to Monsignor Charles R. Meyer (1920-2020)

Posted on November 4, 2020

On Monday, November 2, the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls), Monsignor Charles R. Meyer was buried in the Cardinal Meyer Cemetery on the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary’s campus. Monsignor Meyer, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, celebrated 75 years of priestly ministry in February, and served as a faculty member for the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary for 67 years. Read more about his legacy at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake.

The morning began with the Reception of the Body led by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki ’75 (Archdiocese of Milwaukee) as the presider and homilist, which was followed by visitation for faculty, staff and students, as well as the priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago and priest alumni. At 3 p.m. the Liturgy of the Word Service with Final Commendation was held in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception with Cardinal Blase Cupich as the presider and Father Larry Hennessey offering a remembrance of Monsignor Meyer. Following the service, there was a solemn procession to the Cardinal Meyer Cemetery with all current seminarians lining Principal Avenue in an honor guard.

The procession and events of the day beautifully demonstrated the immense richness of our living Church here on Earth, and especially all of the lives Monsignor Charles R. Meyer impacted at the seminary and throughout his ministry as a priest. Let us pray for the repose of the soul of Monsignor Charles R. Meyer, and all the faithful departed.

Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee (Mundelein Seminary Class of 1975) and Father Lawrence Hennessey (begins at 7:26), professor emeritus, offered stories and remembrances of their friend and colleague Monsignor Charles Meyer at his burial service on the campus of Mundelein Seminary.