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Monsignor Fee Otterson
We are deeply saddened in our district that Monsignor Fee Otterson passed away on September 9th at the age of 89. He will be dearly missed by staff and students, especially those at his school. Monsignor Fee loved being with the children and the children loved being with him. His spirit will live on.
Monsignor Fee Otterson is a graduate of Edmonton Catholic Schools. He entered St. Joseph Seminary upon graduating from St. Joseph High and, on February 8, 1948, was ordained into the Holy Priesthood by the Archbishop of Edmonton, John Hugh MacDonald. Monsignor Otterson devoted the next 60 years serving the Catholic people of Edmonton and, in a very particular way, serving the young women and men in three of the high schools in the District.
He spent six years teaching at St. Joseph High School, six years as principal and teacher at St. Mary High School, and 22 years teaching at Austin O’Brien High School.
Monsignor Otterson was a teacher/administrator with Edmonton Catholic Schools for over 30 years. He had a tremendous impact on the students he taught. He was well respected and loved by staff and students.
Of equal significance is the reality of the profound Christian influence he exerted by being present to the students through his involvement with them in their cocurricular activities – most particularly in athletics and drama. His impact was poignantly captured by a graduating student from Austin O’Brien who referred to Monsignor Otterson as the “Greatest Crusader of All.”
After his retirement from teaching, Monsignor Otterson spent the next 10 years continuing to work for Catholic Education as the Alberta Bishops’ representative to the Alberta Catholic School Trustees Association. In addition, during these same 10 years, he was first Associate Pastor and then Pastor at St. John the Evangelist Church. As the Parish Priest, he was very well liked and respected by the congregation. He is currently retired and continues to contribute to the Catholic community.
Although Monsignor Otterson retired from Austin O’Brien High School in 1985, he continues to celebrate the Graduation Mass each year — in fact, since Austin O’Brien opened in the early 1960s, Monsignor Otterson has presided over every Mass and Commencement ceremony.
Monsignor Fee Otterson is celebrating the 61st anniversary of his ordination.