May he rest in peace. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Fr. Gregory Staab, OMV, passed peacefully on March 1 after a long illness. His many years of faithful service included several at St. Clement Shrine where his energetic ministry in Confession, preaching, and Marian consecration deeply affected many people. We are very grateful for his presence in the Oblate community at the Shrine. He was always inspiring and encouraging to his brother Oblates, especially to the many he formed as seminarians in the United States and Philippines. His complete obituary is below, and legacy.com with an online guest book.
STAAB, Father Gregory Allen, O.M.V. A faithful priest and a member of the St. Ignatius Province of the Congregation of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, died peacefully at Carney Hospital on March 1, 2018 after a long illness. Throughout his protracted illness, Father Staab was able to maintain an active ministry, offering spiritual counsel and the sacraments while continuing to serve the faithful. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Fr. Greg grew up in Monroe, Wisconsin. Fr. Staab was one of nine children of Eleanor M. (Botz) Staab and the late William J. Staab, MD. He made his final vows with the Oblates of the Virgin Mary on November 1, 1983 and was ordained to the priesthood by Pope St. John Paul II on May 31, 1984 in Rome. Father Staab obtained his S.T.B. degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1984 and an S.T.L. in Spiritual Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1988. Father Staab served in Pinerolo, San Vittorino and Rome, Italy from 1984 to 1988. He returned to Boston and was assigned to St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine and Our Lady of Grace Seminary in Boston from 1988 to 1991. He served as Novice Master at Our Lady of Grace Seminary from 1991 to 1997. Fr. Staab was the assistant pastor of St. Peter Chanel Church in Hawaiian Gardens, CA from 1997 to 2004 and again in 2007. From 2004 to 2007, he served at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Ituzaingo, Argentina. From 2009 to 2011, he served at St. Francis Chapel and St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine in Boston, MA. He joined the formation team at the Oblate Center in Cebu, Philippines in 2011. He returned to Boston in 2014, where he was a priest-in-residence at Our Lady of Grace Seminary. As an Oblate of the Virgin Mary, Father Staab was active in providing spiritual direction based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Father Staab was a well-known and beloved priest who could often be found hearing confessions at St. Francis Chapel and St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, as long as his strength allowed. He was especially gifted in serving the local young adult and student communities. Father Staab had a deep devotion and love for the Blessed Virgin Mary and helped guide many in making and renewing their consecration to Jesus through Mary. Fr. Greg’s family and the Oblate community would like to thank the dedicated Carney Hospital staff and so many friends who kept him loving company during his years of hospitalization Father Staab will lie-in-state at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, 1105 Boylston St., Boston, on Tuesday, March 6, from 4 pm to 8 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Agatha Catholic Church, 432 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186 on Wednesday, March 7, at 10:30 am. Interment is at Milton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Our Lady of Grace Seminary, 1105 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215. Dolan Funeral Home is assisting Fr. Greg’s family & the Oblate community.