Remembering Monsignor Chester Michael

In Memoriam:  Monsignor Chester Michael – video:  eulogy by Dr. Andy MacFarlan


Following are two articles published in the August 18th edition of The Catholic Virginian:

1)  Msgr. Chester Michael, oldest priest in the diocese, dies at 97 by Steve Neill


2) Msgr. Chester Michael… A Remembrance  by Msgr. Thomas Miller


Following is a blog posted at the Holy Cross Abbey website

Soul and Psyche by Fr. James Orthmann


The prayer card for Fr. Chet’s 1942 ordination is titled:
“A Daily Prayer for Father Michael”
Jesus, infinite Goodness,
Jesus, Who loves us,
Jesus, most patient,
Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
Make his heart like unto Thine.


Photo by Dr. Tim Short of Fr. Chet who loved to hike in the Shenandoah Mountains


It is with great sadness that we report that Monsignor Chester Michael peacefully passed away at 3pm while in hospice care. Rev. Msgr. Chester P. Michael, a retired priest of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, died on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the age of 97. Msgr. Michael was born in Berkeley Springs, WV, in 1916, ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in 1942, and was a faithful priest of the Diocese for 72 years. Please remember Msgr. Michael and his family in your prayers. 

Directions to gravesite:
Father Chet is buried at the Greenway Cemetery in Berkeley Springs, WV.  Here is a map.  From Charlottesville it is about a two hour, forty-five minute drive.  If you come up 522N from Virginia into West Virginia, enter the city of Berkeley Springs.  On your left you will see signage for the Berkeley Springs High School, and on your right you will see a little brick diner called “Dippy’s Diner.”  Immediately after the diner, make a right onto Greenway Drive.  Drive about another 1/2 mile, and make a right into the first entrance of the cemetery (a gravel road).
You will see a log cabin with a red roof. The Michael plot is five rows back from the log cabin.  There is a large headstone that says “Michael.”  At this point there is not a headstone yet for Father Chet (just a temporary marker) but I imagine there will be one soon.  It is a beautiful spot surrounded by green trees and views of the West Virginia hills.  I spent some time in silent prayer at the grave, asking Father Chet for his prayers and felt consolation.
A note that the ground is hilly and uneven so take care or bring a walking stick if you have mobility challenges.