The funeral Mass for Father Robert Chabot, SSS, was celebrated Feb. 24 at Regina Health Center in Richfield. The Mass was recorded and will be posted on the St. Paschal Baylon Parish website. The vigil for the deceased, which took place Feb. 24 at St. Paschal Baylon Church, was livestreamed and is posted on the parish website.
Father Chabot, 84, died Feb. 20.
He was born on Aug. 1, 1937 to the late Alfred and Cecile (Lalong) Chabot in Lewiston, Maine.
Father Chabot entered the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and professed his vows on Sept. 8, 1960 in Barre, Maine. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 28, 1966 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
He served in many positions over the years. From 1966-67, he ministered at St. Jean Baptiste Church in New York City. From 1967-1970, he ministered in the Philippines as vocational director, postulant and novice director and pastoral minister at two parishes, one near Manila and the other in Davao City.
After returning to the United States, he served from 1990-2003 as parochial vicar and then pastor for 12 years at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From 2003-2007, Father Chabot was pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Holiday, Florida. He retired as pastor and then served 2007-2017 as parochial vicar at Corpus Christi Parish in Houston, Texas.
On De. 12, 2017, Father Chabot moved to Bethany Center and supported St. Paschal Baylon Parish in Highland Heights. He moved into retirement ministry at Regina Health Center in 2020.
Father Chabot died after a seven-month struggle with cancer. He expressed his gratitude for the love, care and support he received from Marymount Hospital, hospice and other health care workers, especially at Regina Health Center.
Those who knew Father Chabot said he will be missed for his devotion to the Eucharist, his kindness, commitment to social justice and fair housing, and his warm and loving presence.
Contributions in his memory can be made to support the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, 5384 Wilson Mills Road, Highland Heights, Ohio 44113.
The rite of committal was private.