Robert F. Nee, OFM
1934 – 2011
Fr. Robert Nee, OFM, was born June 2, 1934 in Boston. After high school, he enrolled at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., where he studied from 1952 to 1955. He was received into the Order at the novitiate at St. Raphael Friary, Lafayette, N.J., in 1955, receiving the name Eamon, but in the wake of changes following Vatican II, he reverted to his baptismal name.
He was a member of the first class to complete novitiate at Lafayette. Fr. Bob professed his first vows there in 1956, made his solemn profession in 1959 and was ordained in 1962. Following ordination, he participated in the fifth year pastoral theology program at St. Anthony Shrine, Boston.
From 1963 to 1977, Fr. Bob served in the Province’s Brazilian mission in the state of Goiás, ministering at parishes in Araguacema, Ceres, São Miguel, Pires do Rio, São, and Porangatu. He briefly left for theological updating at the Washington Theological Union from 1973 to 1974. When he returned to the United States in 1977, Fr. Bob ministered as a chaplain, first at St. Francis Hospital in Olean, N.Y., and then at St. Raphael Hospital in New Haven, Conn.
In 1984, he transferred to St. Anthony Shrine to minister to Boston’s homeless population at St. Francis House. He was pastor of St. Catherine’s Parish in Ringwood, N.J., from 1988 to 1990, when he went to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City, serving as parochial vicar for eight years. Fr. Bob then served as pastor of St. George Parish in Jeffersonville, N.Y., from 1998 to 2002, when he returned to St. Anthony Shrine as pastoral associate. He transferred to Holy Name Friary, Ringwood, in 2007.
He died Jan. 19, 2011 at Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pompton Plains, N.J. Fr. Robert was 76 years old, a professed friar for 54 years and a priest for 48 years.