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Vincent Filan (Norbert) Bechamps


1932 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Vincent Filan (Norbert) Bechamps Obituary
The Rev. Vincent (Norbert) Filan Bechamps, O.SS.T., died on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Villa Saint Martha, Downingtown, Pa.
He was born on July 29, 1932, in Flushing, N.Y., the son of Eugene Anthony and Beatrice Rose (née Filan) Bechamps. He was baptized Norbert Filan Bechamps on Sept. 18, 1932.
While he was young, his family moved to Miami, Fla.
He graduated from Gesu High School in Miami, Fla., in 1950, entered the United States Army, served in Korea, and was honorably discharged in 1956.
He became a Postulant of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives on June 25, 1956. He entered the novitiate on July 7, 1956, and was given the name Vincent (after St. Vincent de Paul) and the title "Our Lady of the Holy Spirit." He made Solemn Vows on Sept. 11, 1960, at Sacred Heart Monastery (now Holy Trinity Monastery), Pikesville, Md. He was ordained to the diaconate on June 4, 1965, and to the priesthood on June 4, 1966, at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.
During his 47 years of priesthood, Father Vincent served in parish ministry at St. Ann Catholic Church, Bristol, Pa.; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Asbury Park, N.J.; St. Joseph Catholic Church, Marion, Ill.; St. Christopher Catholic Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Christ the King, Corpus Christi, Texas; and St. Matthew Catholic Church, Winterhaven, Fla. He also served as a prison chaplain at the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion, Ill., and at the Federal Correctional Institution in Memphis, Tenn. He served as a hospital chaplain at Hotel Dieu Hospital (later University Hospital) in New Orleans, La. Father Vincent moved to Villa St. Martha in Downingtown, Pa., in July 2011.
Father Vincent will always be remembered for his strong commitment to religious life and priestly ministry. His dedication to serving God's people did not diminish with age or infirmity. During his final days, he repeatedly expressed gratitude to the Most Holy Trinity, to the members of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives, and to his family for the blessings he received during his lifetime.
Father Vincent is survived by one brother, Eugene (Beverly) Bechamps of Cape Coral, Fla.; two sisters, Rose Carol Bechamps of Miami, Fla., and Beatrice Henington of Blue Ridge, Ga.; sister-in-law, Barbara Bechamps of Estero, Fla.; special cousins, Rose Marie Roscioli and Christine (Albert) Bove of Downingtown, Pa.; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and the priests and brothers of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives.
Father Vincent was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, John Henry Bechamps.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 460 Manor Ave, Downingtown, Pa.
Viewing will take place in the church from 10 to 11 a.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Holy Trinity Monastery, 8400 Park Heights Ave., Pikesville, Md.
A viewing will take place in the Monastery Chapel from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass.
Interment will be in the Monastery Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to The Trinitarians, Seminarian Fund, P.O. Box 5719, Baltimore, MD 21282.
Arrangements are being handled by The Donohue Home, Downingtown, Pa.
Published in Daily Local News on Jan. 27, 2014
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