Father Edward Arthur Roberts C.S.B. died peacefully in the early morning of Wednesday, December 2, 2015. His family had been keeping vigil at his bedside during the night and his niece was with him when he died.
Three of his eight siblings have predeceased him: Dorothy, Mary Ann and John. Fr. Art is survived by his brothers Bill (Lena), Tom (Joyce), George (Olivia), Walter “Butch” (Chris), James “Jimmy”, his brother-in-law James Fischer, and many nieces and nephews.
Father Art was born in Houston Texas in 1927. His late parents were John Charles Roberts and Dora Marie Peltier. His formative years were spent in All Saints Parish in the Heights.
He was a graduate of St. Thomas High school in Houston and Assumption College in Windsor Ontario. He studied theology at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto where he earned the S.T.B. degree.
Father Art professed his religious vows on August 15, 1946. He was ordained a Basilian priest in Toronto Canada on June 29, 1955.
At the time of his death Fr. Art was residing at St. Dominic’s Village. His failing health had necessitated living apart from the Basilian Fathers retirement Community in Houston. Being separated from his Basilian brothers was a difficult transition for Art but one he accepted with good grace. He took pleasure there in his friendship with and ministry to his fellow residence and staff.
His impressive intelligence and warm personality have enriched many lives over the years.
Fr. Art has been a University treasure, a high school teacher, including his years at St. Thomas High School in Houston, a Newman Center Director and a parish priest and pastor. He has served in Toronto and Windsor Ontario, Detroit Michigan, and for many years in Las Cruces and Truth or Consequence New México.
While living in New Mexico Art became an enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour director, both around the state and in Europe.
Father Art wanted, he said, to be remembered, first and foremost as a teacher and pastor, and then as a builder and innovator and a peace and justice activist. Those who had the good fortune to know him will remember him as a dedicated priest and confrere, a loving and lovable brother, brother-in-law, and uncle and great-uncle.
His religious community and his loving family mourn his passing but are consoled by God’s love, which vanquishes death.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o’clock until eight o’clock in the evening on Sunday, December 6, 2015, at the Bradshaw-Carter Home, 1734 West Alabama Street in Houston, where the rosary for Fr. Art will begin at seven o’clock. The funeral mass will be celebrated at ten o’clock in the morning on Monday, December 7, 2015 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Road, Houston, where Fr. Kevin Storey, C.S.B., of the Basilan Father’s General Council, will be the celebrant. The Rite of Committal will follow at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.