The Rev. Weston John Lamb, a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah, passed away peacefully at his home in Springfield on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.
Fr. Lamb was born March 31, 1941, in Minneapolis, Minn., and baptized April 20, 1941. He was the much-loved son of the late Kenneth and Emma (Nelson), and brother of Sue Salvatore (Hudson, Fla.).
He will be sadly missed by his sister; nephew Jeff Salvatore; Bishop Stephen D. Parkes; Bishop Emeritus J. Kevin Boland; brother priests in the Diocese of Savannah; former parishioners; and many friends.
He attended St. Thomas College in St. Paul, Minn., and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., where he graduated with A.A. and B.A.S. degrees.
In the summer of 1976, he entered the Order of the Most Holy Trinity (Trinitarians), and made his solemn vows in September1980. He attended seminary at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, Md., from 1977-1978 and Washington Theological Union in Silver Spring, Md., from 1978-1981. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 18, 1981, by Bishop Eugene Marino at St. Jerome's Church in Hyattsville, Md., and incardinated in the Diocese of Savannah on Jan. 31, 2009.
Fr. Lamb came to the diocesan priesthood later in life, after working as a teacher and school principal. After his ordination, he spent years as a chaplain in the federal prison system, including time at "Supermax," a former super-maximum security prison in Marion, Ill. He also served as chaplain at the federal prison in Jesup.
His first assignment in the Diocese of Savannah was as parochial administrator of St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, Columbus, in 2002. In 2004, he was appointed parochial administrator of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Vidalia. He was appointed parochial administrator of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Springfield, in 2006 and retired as pastor in 2012.
A vigil service was conducted at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Springfield, on Sunday, October 18, 2020. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 at St. Boniface Catholic Church. The Most Rev. Stephen D. Parkes, bishop of Savannah, will be the celebrant; the Rev. Daniel F. Firmin will be the homilist.
There will be two options for attending the funeral Mass: seated indoors, where masks will be required, or outdoor seating, where social distancing will be observed.
A private burial will be held immediately following at the Catholic Cemetery in Savannah.
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel. (912) 754-6421
Published in Effingham Herald from Oct. 21 to Oct. 27, 2020.