Matthew T. Gamber
Fr. Matthew T. Gamber S.J. age 61, passed away Oct.16, 2020 in Cincinnati, OH. Beloved son of Ruth Ann (nee Henneman) Gamber; preceded in death by his father Mark J. and brother Lawrence M. Gamber. Dear brother of Mark (MaryJo), William (Linda), Mary Margaret, Robert (Suzan) Gamber, and sister-in-law Carol Gamber. Devoted uncle of Matthew (Alexandra), Casey, Charlie, Jamie, Mary Kate and Luke Gamber; great uncle to Benjamin. Matt was a graduate of Loyola Academy, and received a B.A. in Political Science from Marquette U., a Masters in Philosophy from Loyola U., Masters of Divinity from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University. Fr. Matt was a gifted journalist, and was published in the National Catholic Register, Catholic World Report, and Catholic Herald. Father Matt was most recently appointed Chaplain and Director of Youth Ministry at St Xavier High School. Previously, he was Associate Pastor at St Francis Xavier Church in Cincinnati, and enjoyed a lifelong career in the religious order including positions in Chicago, Gonzaga U. in WA, Xavier U. in Cincinnati, and in the Vatican Radio and Catholic News Service in Rome, Italy.

Fr. Matt loved being a priest, and a channel of God's healing graces and love for the people he served. He led a profoundly spiritual life, dedicated to his faith, his family, the Society of Jesus, and his many friends. Known for his hearty laugh and inquisitive spirit, Fr. Matt was beloved by many, and enjoyed connecting with people wherever he went, and leading others to the Lord's loving grace.

A visitation will be held Friday, October 23, 2020 from 4 to 7pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 1775 Grove St. Glenview IL. (PLEASE NOTE: In compliance with public health and safety directives due to Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, face masks and social distancing will be required. A maximum of 25 people will be allowed in the Church at any given time). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a private Funeral Mass on Saturday October 24, 2020 at 10:30am. Watch the funeral LiveStreamed at: https:vimeo.com/event/390018/3eccf785cc. "A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 5:00pm on Sunday, November 1,2020, Feast of All Saints, at St. Francis Xavier Church, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.Pease contact St. Xavier Church for more information. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to USA Midwest Province of Society of Jesus, 1010 N. Hooker St., Chicago, IL 60642; Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, 1140 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607; or Misericordia Home, 6300 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago, IL 60660.


Published by Chicago Tribune on Oct. 21, 2020.
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23
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4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
1775 Grove St, Glenview, IL
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Feast of All Saints, at St. Francis Xavier Church
Cincinnati, IL
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I was a parishioner at St. Paul of the Cross parish in Park Ridge, IL where Fr. Gamber was assigned as a priest. A very holy man! He was extremely instrumental in the Eucharistic adoration chapel at our parish being established. He made an incredible impact in the years he was a priest at the parish. Thanks be to God for his life and ministry!
Brian Brown
Friend
October 25, 2020
We loved Fr.Matt dearly and can’t believe he is gone. He had a profound effect on our marriage, our 9 kids, and friends. We shared many discussions around our large kitchen table, Not to mention rosaries and meals over the last 20 years. Cincinnati will not be the same without him. And our lives will feel the void forever. Fr Matt was always our biggest supporter and best idea guy for the Catholic Shop. His frequent unannounced “stop ins” to the Shop and our home will be sorely missed. There are no words to express our deep sadness. He was generous to a fault, brilliant in more ways than academic, and had a profound and orthodox grip on the Church and her authentic teachings. He suffered much for this. His devotion to Our blessed Mother and St Joseph was inspiring. We send our sincere condolences to his family. May the Angels lead you into paradise soon, dear friend. Please pray for us and we look forward to the day when we will see you again.
Dan and Jenn Giroux
Friend
October 24, 2020
Fr. Gamber was a special friend and confidant. We spoke many times in his last weeks. I will never forget when he visited for dinner how scared he was to depart from his car (knowing i owned a dog ;). Once he discovered my dog was 5-Ibs 1oz(dripping wet) we both chuckled and enjoyed a wonderful italian meal. He always made one feel at home. May the repose of his soul rest in peace. We miss you already, Fr., God bless to all in mourning. Your friend in Cinci
GMS
Friend
October 24, 2020
Father Gamber was an amazing man and priest who was a rock for our family through my father's illness and death. He flew to Florida to say preside over the wake, funeral mass and burial for my dad on three separate days. He was an amazing man who we always looked forward to seeing on his visits. May he rest in peace.
Cassie Schroeder
Friend
October 24, 2020
The Dowd family is sending love and prayers. Matt was an amazing man and a wonderful priest. He was very good to our family in times of celebration and sorrow. He will be greatly missed!!!!
Kelly Dowd
Friend
October 24, 2020
Dear Ruth and Family,
We send our deepest love and condolences to the Gamber family and pray that you find comfort in knowing that Father Matt left the world a better place.
The Blairs have many wonderful memories of time spent with the Gambers. Good friends last forever! God Bless you.
Don Blair & Family
Margie Blair McNulty
Friend
October 23, 2020
To the Gamber family, especially Bob. I am so sorry to hear about Matthew. The several times I met him, or attended a Mass, he was always so kind. May he rest in peace.
Steve Janowski
Friend
October 23, 2020
Dear Gamber family,

My father and I extend our deepest sympathies for your loss.

Patty and Leonard Beeftink

Olph classmate of Matt’s and childhood friend of Ruth’s.
Patty Beeftink
Classmate
October 23, 2020
My prayers are with the Gamber Family this weekend.
Matt was a true friend and spiritual advisor during both good times and bad for our family.
He will be dearly missed.
RIP Matt,
Tom
Tom McNabola
Friend
October 23, 2020
Monica Celeste
October 22, 2020
“Self-giving, loving trust, abandonment, deep affection, piety, a love which is a joyful submission to the will of God and an active charity to fellow men.”
Hosea 4 footnote (r)
“hesed”. God’s love for man and man’s love for fellow-men.

An apt description of Father Matt. I will remember his kindness to all. Connection was easy with this gentle Spirit.
Lorraine Downing
Friend
October 22, 2020
Dearest Gamber Family, It is so hard to say goodbye! Matt was such a beacon of light! He lite every room no matter what the circumstances. Even now at his death he will bring people together and stories and fond memories will be traded! Laughter and that Gamber smile will be what I remember most. His kind words and the way he always made me think positively! When I needed a GOOD sounding board I called The Fr. He would say “Colleen Kelly, how the heck are you.”
Well Matt, Fr Matt.... Thanks for the good advice. I won’t forget what you told me....Faith, Family and Friends and everything else will fall into place! I know when I need to talk you will still be shining that bright light of yours to tell us all you are listening! Have fun and tell HP I miss him! Xoxo Colleen Gill
Colleen Gill
Friend
October 21, 2020
Oh Matt! I should say Oh Father Matt. You are in Paradise today and yet we mourn you deeply. So the Lord called you home on Pope Day. Is that because you did such a good job on those petitions at the Vatican Mass? And three Master's degrees! Two weren't enough? Can we say overachiever? Above all the things you accomplished in your exemplary and too-brief life were these: beloved son and brother, friend and priest to so many of us, and above all, a person for others in the long tradition of Ignatius Loyola. Tell Father Beall I say hi and his glasses are clean and save me a beer if I ever make it out of Purgatory. Slainte.
Terry Brady
Classmate
October 21, 2020
I taught at OLPH and remember Father Matt. He always brought a smile to my face. Thoughts and prayers are sent out to him and his family. Sue Galante Mangino


Susan Galant Mangino
Teacher
October 21, 2020
Dear Gamber Family, Fr. Matt had such a joyful spirit, great bellowing laugh and a ready smile for all he met. Heaven has one more angel in its midst! My love and sympathy to you and your family for your heartbreaking loss XOXO Shaun Mc Ginty Mc Kall
Shaun Mc Kall
Friend
October 21, 2020
It was my blessing to serve with Fr. Gamber at Jesuit High School of Tampa. His knowledge of the world and theology was beyond compare. His compassion for others and ministry to all was based on the walk of Jesus Christ. Rest in Peace.
Eileen Charette
Coworker
October 21, 2020
On behalf of Fr. Scott Donahue and Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Fr. Matt.

May the angels lead him into paradise; may the martyrs come to welcome him and take him to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem.
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
October 21, 2020
Laura Strietmann
Friend
October 21, 2020
Rest in peace Fr. Matt. I have no doubt you're experiencing the promises Our Lord give to those who love Him, and seeing Him as He truly is. Pray for us who remain to serve Him as He deserves to be served, to give without counting the costs, to know that we are doing His will.
RAMIL FAJARDO
October 21, 2020
Matt and I were friends during his time at SMU. We reunited at the marriage of Molly and Eric. Matt was not only a wonderful priest but a wonderful person. I am so very sorry for your loss...our collective loss...Matt was the best and made the world a better place!!
Beth Carroll
Beth Carroll
Friend
October 21, 2020
I heard about Father Matthews death from Father Mitch Mary on EWTN morning Mass. I pray for him and his family that they find comfort in knowing he is now in God's eternal life.
Beatrice Prisco
Friend
October 21, 2020
I met Father Gamber only once for mass. He blessed my engagement and immediately I was aware of his dedication to our Lord. He was a good priest. May he join the saints and rest in the sleep of peace.
Helen Maier
Acquaintance
October 20, 2020
Our sympathy and special prayers for Fr. Gamber and all his family and friends.
The Sisters and Residents of Misericordia
October 20, 2020
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