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Father Robert Lampert dies at age 82 in St. Louis

10/01/2021 | Comments

ST. LOUIS, Mo. Father Robert Lampert, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis who lived in Colorado Springs for several years after his retirement, died Sept. 17 at age 82. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 28 at St. Vincent de Paul Chapel at the Cardinal Rigali Center in St. Louis. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery.

Father Lampert was born June 24, 1939, in Muncie, Indiana, to William and Agnes Lampert. After the family moved to St. Louis, he attended St. Louis Preparatory Seminary, Cardinal Glennon College and Kenrick Seminary. He was ordained a priest on April 3, 1965, by Cardinal Joseph Ritter at St. Louis Priory.

Father Lampert was an assistant pastor at St. Stephen Parish in St. Louis (1965-67), St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Riverview Gardens (1967-69), Ascension Parish in Normandy, (1969-73), and Holy Redeemer Parish in Webster Groves (1973-75).

He was a teacher and chair of the religion department at Rosary High School from 1967-73. He attended St. Louis University in the 1970s, where he earned a doctorate degree in moral theology.

In 1988, he was named pastor of Little Flower Parish in Richmond Heights, where he remained until 1992.

Outside of the archdiocese, Father Lampert was a professor of moral theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, and Washington Theological Union in the 1970s. He went to the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas, where he was academic dean (1978-88) and professor of moral theology and academic vice president (1992-99).

He was director of ethics at CHRISTUS Health Systems in Irving, Texas, from 1999 until his retirement in 2008.

Prior to returning to St. Louis earlier this year, Father Lampert had frequently celebrated Mass at Benet Hill Monastery.

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