Edwin Norris
1929 - 2020
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NORRIS, Edwin The very Rev. Edwin Arter Norris, Jr., D.D. Protodeacon Gregory St. Catherine of Siena said, "All the way to heaven is heaven." Edwin, whose religious name was Gregory, was born September 4,1929 in Akron, Ohio to Elizabeth Palmer Chappell and Edwin Arter Norris. He died June 25, 2020 in Mesquite, Texas. Edwin was baptized into a nominally religious family and while serving in the army during the Korean War he rediscovered his religious roots and became intimately involved in the Episcopal Church. After graduation from the University of Denver, he entered St. Gregory's Benedictine Monastery in Three rivers, Michigan. The Abbot sent him to finish his priestly studies at Nashotah House, after which he was ordained at Three Rivers taking the religious named of Dom Gregory Norris, named after the famous English Benedictine, Dom Gregory Dix. After 13 years, he was released from his vows and shortly became Rector of Church of the Ascension in Chicago, one of the great Anglo-Catholic parishes in the Episcopal Church. He served there for 24 years. He served with distinction in many capacities in the Episcopal Church. Following retirement, his spiritual pilgrimage led him to the Orthodox Church of America where for the last 24 years he has served faithfully as a Deacon and recently has been elevated with the honor of Protodeacon. He was a renowned spiritual advisor, and director. A violist by avocation, he played for many years in both the Irving New Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra. He was deeply compassionate and socially conscious as reflected in his marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama. He is survived by several brothers: Clifford, John and Phillip Norris, numerous nieces and nephews, God-children, devoted friends, and his best friend of many years, The Rev. Canon George W. Monroe. His beloved brothers William and Michael predeceased him. Services will be graveside due to covid-19 pandemic at Grove Hill Cemetery, 3920 Samuell Blvd. Dallas, Texas, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 10:00 a.m. the Very Rev. Archpriest Father Gerasim officiating. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral, the North Texas Food Bank or a charity of your choice. A Celebration of Father Gregory's life will be announced post-pandemic.




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Published in Dallas Morning News on Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 6, 2020
Father Pdn Gregorys legacy. He lived like this: https://youtu.be/YUuNOXBbNrU
Troon Rose
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June 30, 2020
Memory eternal, Fr Protodn Gregory! Thank God for your Christ-like love, warmth, humility, gentle humor and wise compassion, shared joyously with every person within 3 feet of you. St. Seraphim in our midst. With love, prayers & tears in Christ, Nicole
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June 30, 2020
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June 30, 2020
Thanks for all the memories i shared with you while you were at Ascension Church. Fondest years of my life were shared with you and your parish. Much love to you.
Dominic DeLeonardis
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June 30, 2020
Father Norris took me under his wing as a musician. and allowed to play for mass when I was a member as Church of the Ascension, Chicago. He attended my recitals in college. He was so supportive to our family when we attended the Ascension, and later preached at my wedding, also at the Ascension. He was very dear to me and I am so sorry for the family, especially at the time of this pandemic. My own father died recently as well. I know when and if I get to heaven, he will be there to greet me, and will most certainly ask me have you been practicing? To lose our Dad and then Father Norris so quickly after has been rough, but has also brought back many good memories. Sending prayers and love to families and Fr. Monroe. Linda Sue White (Johnston)

June 29, 2020
A friend and an inspiration. You will be missed. Eternal memory.
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June 29, 2020
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Theresa Kohl
June 28, 2020
The Reverend Edwin Norris ( Gregory ) along with The Reverend George Monroe were instrumental in my spiritual growth. They introduce me to the Episcopal Church in 1972. A kind and great spiritual teacher was what I needed at that time in my life. Both Gregory and George were involved in the funeral of many members of my family who were not of any particular Religious affiliation. Always tending to my spiritual needs. The world has lost a great priest, man and personal friend. My deepest condolences to my friend George Monroe in this difficult time. Thank you Gregory, and May your soul and all the souls of the departed rest in the arms of our God .
E . John Sattelmaier
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June 28, 2020
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