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Rev. Robert Damian Myett, O.P., died on Monday, July 16, 2018, at the Residence St. Antoine, North Smithfield, RI, following a long illness. He was a member of the Order of Preachers (Dominican Friars) of the Province of St. Joseph and of the Dominican Community of St. Thomas Aquinas at Providence College.
Born Robert Eugene Myett in Boston, Mass., on August 15, 1933, he was the son of the late Francis and Margaret (O’Neil) Myett. He attended schools in East Boston and the graduated from Boston English High School in 1951.
Following two years of study in the Guzman Hall pre-ecclesiastical program at Providence College, he entered the novitiate of the Province of St. Joseph at St. Stephen Priory in Dover, Mass., in 1953, receiving the religious name Damian. He made his simple profession of vows on August 16, 1954, and his solemn profession three years later. He was ordained to the priesthood by the Most Rev. Egidio Vagnozzi, D.D., apostolic delegate to the United States, on June 16, 1960, at St. Dominic Church in Washington, D.C.
Father Myett’s philosophical studies took place at St. Rose Priory in Springfield, Ky., and then St. Stephen’s Priory in Dover, Mass; he received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Providence College in 1957. He earned his bachelor’s (1959) and licentiate (1961) degrees in sacred theology from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.
His first priestly assignment was at St. Catherine of Siena Priory in New York City from 1961 to 1965, serving principally as chaplain at New York-Presbyterian and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospitals. In 1966, he attended the Maryknoll Language School in Cochabamba, Bolivia, before beginning a seventeen-year assignment with the Dominican Foreign Mission in Chimbote, Peru, where he served in various roles, including pastor, military chaplain, Caritas coordinator, and vicar provincial.
From 1983 to 1987, Father Myett served as staff chaplain at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, Md., and, from 1987 to 1991, as the Director of the Dominican Friars’ Guilds at St. Vincent Ferrer Priory in New York, while assisting at St. Vincent Ferrer Church.
Father Myett first came to Providence College in 1965 as chaplain, serving there for only one year; he returned in 1991 as an admissions counselor. From 1994 to 2001, he was a part-time faculty member in the Department of Modern Languages, teaching Spanish, and in the Latin American Studies Program. From 2001 to 2005, when his health began to decline, he served as the economic administrator of St. Thomas Aquinas Priory on campus.
Father Myett was a warm, kindhearted, and charming gentleman—and a gentle priest. He was predeceased by his two brothers Frank and Donald and is survived by members of their families, as well as by his Dominican brothers.
Father Myett’s body will be received into the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary in the Priory of St. Thomas Aquinas at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Visitation will follow until 7:00 p.m., closing with the Office of the Dead. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for him in the same chapel at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 19, 2018. Burial will follow in the Dominican Friars’ Cemetery on campus.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Providence College, Office of Institutional Advancement, One Cunningham Square, Providence, RI, 02918, for the Dominican Scholarship Fund.
Arrangements by Russell J. Boyle and Son Funeral Home, 331 Smith Street, Providence. www.boyleandsonfuneralhome.com