Notre Dame, Ind. Rev. Bartholomew C. Salter, C.S.C., 76, died Monday (September 28, 2015) at Holy Cross House, Notre Dame, Ind.
He was born on January 12, 1939 in County Cork, Ireland, to Bartholomew and Bridget (McCarthy) Salter. He was one of four siblings.
Fr. Salter graduated from Stonehill College in 1967. After graduation he studied theology at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., and was ordained a priest April 3, 1971.
After seeking certification from the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education as a student at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota and Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, Fr. Salter served as a director of pastoral care and chaplain in multiple healthcare facilities across the Eastern sea board. From 1973 to 1976, he served as director in the Pastoral Care Department at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York. From 1977 to 1984, while also being certified an ACPE Full Supervisor, he served as director of the Department of Pastoral Care at Sancta Maria Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Before a year-long Sabbatical, Fr. Salter served as director at the Holy Cross Fathers Candidate House. In 1987, he served at Our Lady of Peace Spiritual Life Center in Narragansett, Rhode Island and then traveled up the coast to serve at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx for a significant period of time from 1988 to 1996.
From 1996 to 1997, Fr. Salter served at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut and then served in parish work at Mary, Queen of Rosary Parish in Spencer, Mass from 1997 to 1998.
In 1998, Fr. Salter returned to his native country of Ireland, serving as spiritual director at the Fr. Patrick Peyton, CSC Memorial Centre in Attymass, Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland. As spiritual director, Fr. Salter arranged retreat programs for groups and individuals, making their retreat meaningful.
Fr. Salter returned stateside in 2009, and served as chaplain at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. From 2010 to 2011, Fr. Salter then served as chaplain at Brigham and Young Women’s Medical Center in Boston, Mass. For the last four years of his life, Fr. Salter again faithfully served in the role that defined much of his time as a Holy Cross priest as that of chaplain at St. Catherine’s by-the-Sea in Ventura, California.
Fr. Bart Salter, C.S.C., is survived by brothers, John Joe and Liam Salter, and sister Kathleen (Currit). Preceding him in death are his parents, Bartholomew and Bridget Salter.
There will be a visitation at Holy Cross House, Notre Dame, Ind., on Wednesday, September 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Friday, October 2, at the St. Joseph Chapel in Holy Cross Center on the campus of Stonehill College, North Easton, Mass., there will be a visitation from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., with a Wake at 7:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, October 3 at the Chapel of Mary on the campus of Stonehill College at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the community cemetery in Easton, Mass. Kaniewski Funeral Home will be handling arrangements in Notre Dame, Ind. The Kane Funeral Home will be handling arrangements in Easton, Mass.
Memorial contributions in support of the mission and ministries of the Congregation of Holy Cross can be made to: United States Province of Priests and Brothers, Office of Development, P.O. Box 765, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0765 or online atdonate.holycrossusa.org.