Rev. Michael J. Lee, O. Praem

September 25, 1943February 11, 2021

The Rev. Michael J. Lee, O. Praem., a priest of Daylesford Abbey, died on February 11, 2021 at the age of 77. In addition to the members of his Norbertine Community he is survived by his sister Marie Kelly and brother John, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Fr. Lee was born in Philadelphia on September 25, 1943. A member of St. Gabriel Parish, he attended Bishop Neumann High School, entered the Norbertine Order and was vested with the white habit on August 28, 1961. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1970.

Fr. Lee earned his M.A. degree in History from Loyola University in 1972 and an M.A. degree in Religious Studies from Villanova University in 1973. For many years he taught at Bishop Neumann High School and was appointed Principal in 1992 and President in 1993. In addition to his ministry as a teacher he served as parochial vicar of St. Gabriel Parish and became pastor in 2000 serving in that position until 2010. In 2010 he became pastor of St. Norbert Parish in Paoli and continued to minister and serve faithfully the parish community there as he had done in his previous assignments. Throughout his life he remained a faithful and loyal son of Ireland. For a number of years he marched in the annual St. Patrick Parade in Center City Philadelphia proud of his Irish heritage.

Funeral services for Fr. Lee are as follows. A viewing will be held at Daylesford Abbey on Monday February 15, 2021 from 5 PM until 7:30 PM. Masks and social distancing are required. Mass of Christian Burial at the Abbey at 10:30 AM (limited to his family members and the Norbertine community) will be held on Tuesday February 16, 2021 with final interment in the abbey cemetery. The funeral Mass will be live streamed via Daylesford Abbey’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and website ( This will also be live streamed directly to St. Norbert Church in Paoli where parishioners are welcome to attend. Abbot Domenic A. Rossi, O. Praem. will officiate at the funeral service. Donations in Father’s memory can be made to Daylesford Abbey, 220 South Valley Road, Paoli, PA 19301.


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Rev. Michael J. Lee, O. Praem

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Chris Rosato

February 17, 2021

Fr. Lee was a gentleman. A great teacher, he was a genuine soul. RIP to a very nice man.

J. Herman Schauble

February 16, 2021

Fr. Lee was a dear friend, and like a brother to me. He supported me greatly, especially during my wife Joan's illness and death. He always had an encouraging word for me. Now that he is with the Lord, I know that he will continue to intercede for those he left behind.

Connie Dietrich

February 16, 2021

Father Mike was a wonderful man and we will miss him terribly. Fr. Mike always made each parish member feel special and known.
I loved his sermons, he was so relatable and had a great sense of humor.
When our children went off to college, he always asked us about how they were doing and when I became sick he checked on me often. Father Mike always made me feel known and cared for.
I never felt like a little fish in a big pond. He knew us, each of us and knew our families.
Such a wonderful man, gone to soon. Miss you Father Mike.

Gerard Elberson

February 15, 2021

I always thought the world of Father Lee from my time at Bishop Neumann.. I intended to attend the visitation. However, weather issues changed my plans. My thoughts and prayers are with the Lee family and his Norbertine brothers for your loss.

S.Patrick Maureen,IHM Darcy

February 15, 2021

With happy memories of ST.Gabriel days with Fr.Lee.Can't wait to meet again some day.

Robert McCaffrey

February 14, 2021

So sorry to learn of Fr. Michael death. He was a great pastor of st. Norbert parish. I will pray for him

Bob McCaffrey

Sam Sassano

February 14, 2021

I will always remember the support Fr. Lee gave to me when I was a teacher at St. Gabriel's. He never stood in the way of ideas I had to make learning more fun for the students. He dedicated his life to serving others and will be missed.