Nicholas Radelmiller, OHC, died at Sarah House in Santa Barbara on Sept. 27. Nick had been Prior of Mount Calvary Monastery in Santa Barbara from 2008 until June of this year. He led the community during the years which followed the Nov., 2008 Tea Fire, which destroyed the original building which house Mount Calvary Retreat House, and presided over the 2013 acquisition of the present site of Mount Calvary Monastery next to the Old Mission in Santa Barbara.
Nick was born William Lawrence Radelmiller Nov. 18, 1939, in Pasco, WA and grew up in Moses Lake, WA, where his father was a farmer. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1962 and from Nashotah House in 1965. He was ordained a deacon in 1965 and a priest in 1966 for the Diocese of Olympia.
Nick joined the Order of the Holy Cross in 1970 and was Life Professed on April 5, 1975. He was stationed at Whitby House Monastery in Grapevine, TX, from 1973-77, where he was Prior from 1975-77. He was Prior of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY from 1978-81, then stationed at Mount Calvary 1981-1983. He was a missionary priest in Quito, Ecuador from 1983-85. He returned to Mount Calvary in the early 1990’s where he maintained his monastic stability for the rest of his life.
Nick was a gifted spiritual director with a strong interest in the development of new monastic communities, particularly the Community of Divine Love. He was also a talented water color painter, a dedicated student of the cello, and an avid reader of history and of detective fiction.
The Funeral will be held: Sunday, November 9, 2014 4:00 pm, Food and Refreshments follow at
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
Donations may be made to:
The Br. Nicholas Memorial Landscaping Fund at Mount Calvary Monastery
505 E. Los Olivos, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Sarah House Santa Barbara
2612 Modoc Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105