Brother Damien P. Chong, O.Carm., 76

Salem News
November 01, 2014

[Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God - Original source: Los Angeles Archdiocese]

PEABODY: Brother Damien P. Chong, O.Carm, died Friday morning at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center following a long illness. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 5, 1938, the son of the late Libert and Hannah (Akee) Chong and attended Saint Louis High School in Honolulu, HI and Archbishop Carroll High in Washington, D.C.

He made his Simple Profession on September 8, 1958 and his Solemn Profession on September 8, 1961, both in Akron, Ohio. From 1961 until 1991, he was assigned from Crespi High School, Mt. Carmel, La. and taught Tying, Drafter and General Science and was Pastoral Associate at St. Gelasius in Chicago.

Brother Damien had spent the last 15 years living at Our Lady of Scapular Priory in Peabody. He served in many different capacities at the Carmelite Chapel at the North Shore Mall and at the Discalced Carmelite Monastery in Danvers. He maintained the grounds, decorated the church for the holidays and was an all around handyman, and he was a gourmet chef as well.

Surviving him, besides his fellow brotherhood of Carmelite priest, are his seven brothers and six sisters, Ernest, Charles, Ronald, Kenneth, Howard, Robert, Richard, Agnes, Rose, Violet, Evelyn, Fannie, and Cecilia, and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held at Our Lady of Scapular Carmelite Priory at 4 Wheatland St., Peabody, on Sunday November 2, from 2 to 5 p.m. A Concelebrated Mass on Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at the Discalced Carmelite Monastery, 15 Mt. Carmel Rd., Danvers. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Expression of sympathy may be made to Carmelite Chapel of St Therese, North Shore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody, MA 01960 in his memory. To sign online guest book, visit


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