Father Oliver Hebert, T.O.R., 73, of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, died unexpectedly Wednesday at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville.
He was born in Worcester, Mass., and given the name John. He was the son of the late Oliver A. and Maude M. (Champagne) Hebert.
Surviving are his brother, Edward of Nicholson; and his cousin, Donald R. Hall of Northern Cambria.
He was a graduate of Park Street Elementary School and Palmer High School, Palmer, Mass. After high school graduation, he attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics in June 1961 and a Master of Arts in mathematics in June 1963. From 1961-65, he was an instructor of mathematics at Williston Academy, Easthampton, Mass.
Father Oliver entered the Third Order Regular on Sept. 12, 1965, at Mount Assisi Monastery, Loretto. He professed his temporary vows on July 1, 1967, at Sacred Heart Monastery, Winchester, Va., and his solemn vows on July 1, 1970, at Immaculate Conception Chapel, Loretto. He was ordained to the priesthood by the late Bishop James J. Hogan, D.D., of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown at Immaculate Conception Chapel, St. Francis College, Loretto, on May 15, 1971.
He received a Master of Divinity from St. Francis Seminary, Loretto, in 1971 and a Master of Arts in Eastern Christian studies from John XXIII Institute for Eastern Christian Studies, Maryknoll Seminary, Ossining, N.Y., in 1976. He then did doctoral studies in mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh.
During his long and very generous ministry, Father Oliver served as follows: from 1971-73 at St. Francis College, Loretto, as an instructor in math; from 1973-78 at The College of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, as an instructor in theology; from 1978-84 at the Franciscan Renewal Center, Winchester, Va., as director; from 1984-88 at St. Francis College, Loretto, as an instructor in math; from 1988-90 at the University of Pittsburgh doing graduate studies; from 1990-2001 at St. Francis University as a professor of mathematics; from 2001-02 at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Northern Cambria, as associate pastor; from 2002 to the present at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Northern Cambria, as pastor; and from 2002 to the present at SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Patton, as pastor.
Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today, Dec. 20, 2013, at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 719 Chestnut Ave., Northern Cambria.
Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Chapel of St. Francis Friary at Mount Assisi, Loretto, where a vigil service will be celebrated at 7 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be concelebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at St. Francis Friary Chapel at Mount Assisi, Loretto, the Very Rev. Richard L. Davis, T.O.R., Minister Provincial, as principal celebrant. Following Mass, internment will take place at the Franciscan Friars' Cemetery on the campus of St. Francis University, Loretto.
Memorial contributions may be made to support retired T.O.R. Friars, c/o T.O.R. Friars Retirement Fund, St. Francis Friary, P.O. Box 137, Loretto, PA 15940.
Arrangements are by Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin.