Fr. Matthias Montgomery

Fr. Matthias Montgomery, O.C.D., was born to Eternal Life on Sept. 21, 2010, at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, at the age of 75.

He was born in New Britain, Conn., on Feb. 4, 1935, the son of Patrick and Mary (nee Fagan) Montgomery.

He entered the Discalced Carmelite Order in Brookline, Mass., on Aug. 2, 1954. Fr. Matthias Montgomery of the Cross, O.C.D., made his first profession of vows on Aug. 15, 1955, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1962. He served the Discalced Carmelites in a variety of ministries including vocation director, provincial counselor, prior, retreat director, confessor to our Carmelite Nuns, postulant and novice director and assistant to the Secular Carmelites.

He is survived by his brothers, John (Margaret) Montgomery and Father Joseph Montgomery; and his sister-in-law, Rosiland Montgomery; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and the Discalced Carmelite Friars with whom he lived for 56 years; and with many friends.

Fr. Matthias is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Lawrence Montgomery.

Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 3, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with evening prayer at 5 p.m., in the Shrine Chapel, Basilica of Holy Hill, Hubertus. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. in the Main Church at Holy Hill, with burial following in the Carmelite Cemetery on the grounds of Holy Hill.

Memorials to the Basilica of Holy Hill, 1525 Carmel Road, Hubertus, WI 53033, would be appreciated.

The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home of Hartford is serving the Order of Discalced Carmelites at Holy Hill. www.berndt-ledesma.com.