REQUIESCAT in PACE Father Walter Anthony Cerbin, SSJ

Father Walter Anthony Cerbin, SSJ

June 13, 1929 – Nov. 9, 2019

Father Walter Anthony Cerbin died on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, of a lingering illness in Palmetto, Louisiana, in his eighth year of retirement. He was 90-years old and had been a priest for 64 years.

Father Cerbin was a native of Chicago, born on June 13, 1929, to Stanley and Rose Szanfranska Cerbin.

Baptized in St. Hyacinth Church, he attended St. Viator Elementary School and Quigley Prep Seminary before entering the Josephite College and novitiate in Newburgh, New York, and on to St. Joseph Seminary and priestly ordination in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, on June 4, 1955.

In his 56 years of pastoral ministry, Father Cerbin covered a lot of Josephite territory. Beginning in 1955, Father Cerbin served as an associate pastor in Port Arthur, Texas, for five years. For the next six years he served in the same position in Baltimore, Washington and in Beaumont, Texas. His first pastorate was in Baltimore at St. Francis Xavier parish.

For the next three-years he served as pastor at the only Josephite foreign mission in Clarencetown in the Bahamas. Then followed pastorates in Dallas for four years; Lawtell, LA, for four years; New Orleans, for two years; and Cecelia, LA, for eight years.

Father Cerbin’s last parochial assignment was for eight years at Lebeau, LA. He retired in June 2011, after over 50 years of active ministry.

A Vigil Service was held in Immaculate Conception Church in Lebeau, LA, on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial was on Friday morning, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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