Rev. Fr. Mark Owen Lee, CSB '47 died peacefully at 89 years old at Presentation Manor in Toronto, ON. Fr. Owen Lee graduated from Detroit Catholic Central High School in 1947 and was a Basilian for 72 years. He was known locally and nationally for his love of classical music, serving for 23 years on Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera.
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Rev. Mark Owen Lee, CSB, 89 years old, died peacefully in the palliative care section of Presentation Manor in Toronto ON. He was a Basilian for 72 years and served in priestly ministry for 62 years.
Owen Lee was born in Detroit, MI, to the late Robert and Helen Lee. He had four brothers, John Edward Lee, Robert Edgar Lee, Vincent Normal Lee, and Matthew John Lee. Owen attended elementary and high school in Detroit, MI, graduating from Catholic Central High School in 1947.
Owen later attended the University of Toronto, earning a B.A. in Classics in 1953. He later obtained an S.T.B. from St. Michael’s College and an M.A. in Classics from the University of Toronto in 1957. He then pursued further studies at the University of British Columbia, earning a PhD in Classics in 1960. His academic abilities led him to be honoured with the Maurice Hutton Scholarship in Classics from the University of Toronto in 1953, as well as the Scholarship for Summer Study from the American School of Classical Studies in Athens in 1963.
Owen's desire to serve as a priest led him to join the Congregation of St. Basil in 1947. He was professed at the Rochester Novitiate in August of 1948. He was ordained in St. Basil’s Church, Toronto, by Cardinal McGuigan on June 29, 1957.