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Fr. Andrew Chalkey, OMI January 31, 1930 - November 18, 2020
Rest In Peace
Andy was born on January 31, 1930, to the late Andy and Mary Chalkey
in Streator, IL. His Oblate education was at Our Lady of the Ozarks
Juniorate in Carthage, MO, Immaculate Heart of Mary Novitiate,
Godfrey, IL, and our Lady of the Snows Scholasticate in Pass
Christian, MS. He professed first vows as a Missionary Oblate of
Mary Immaculate in 1952, and was ordained a priest in 1956.
His ministry included serving over in the missions in the
Philippines and in Denmark. He also served as a member of the
pastoral team at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows and at
the Missionary Association. Other assignments included being a
member of the preaching team at Kings House in Henry, IL, and in
Belleville IL, and assisting at the St. Henry’s Oblate Residence
until his latest assignment as chaplain to our residents at the
Esquiline Community before retiring there, where he resided at the
time of his death.
Fr. Andy Chalkey was preceded in death by
his parents, Andrew and Mary Chalkey; three brothers, Alvin
(“Babe”), Fred, and Jerome Chalkey; and a sister, Mary Frances
Mourning his passing are his siblings, Alvida Demko,
James Chalkey (Sharon), Carolyn Blakemore, Donna Adams, Janice
Dodge, and Bernice Grant; two sisters-in-law, Kathryn and Donna
Chalkey; many nieces and nephews; as well as some 3700
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate serving in 60 countries.
Andrew Chalkey is one of many missionaries dedicated to carry out the inspirations
and ideals as an Oblate. He
was born in Streator Illinois where many wonderful events happened that would shape
his character and bring him into serving our Lord. He
was ordained in
1956 which brought new challenges
into his life. One of his first missions was to serve in the Southern islands of
the Philippines where he flourished. He served there for 16 years. Once back in the
United States he served
at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois. He had assignments
in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Henry, Illinois and Spokane, Washington for
several years. He volunteered and worked in
Copenhagen Denmark where he served as Chaplain for the Danish people. He was Chaplain at the Apartment Community at Our Lady of the Snows for many years.
In 2005 Father Chalkey accepted his latest challenge as the Chaplain, Pastoral Care at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, his approach still remains the same. His counseling
and selfless giving to the community are a credit not just to him, but to the Missionary
Oblates. He helps in many wonderful ways. He has performed numerous weddings, thanksgiving
masses, counseling for couples and house blessings for many. He is very well regarded
for his outpour of care and love which he shows every day of his life.
He keeps a very busy schedule visiting hospitals, lifting spirits of the sick and weary patients. His travels take him many places and he meets many people.He still remain the kind, generous and thoughtful happy person he has always been.
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