Father K. Michael Lambeth
Father K. Michael Lambeth
Father K. Michael “Mick” Lambeth, a retired priest of the Diocese and retired pastor of St. Theresa Parish, Little Egg Harbor, died May 29. He was 74.

Funeral services were held June 3 in St. Theresa Church with a Mass of Christian Burial being celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. Homilist was Father Joe Noche, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Hainesport, and diocesan respect life chaplain for Burlington County.

Burial followed in St. Catharine Cemetery, Sea Girt.

Father Lambeth was born in 1948 in Dallas, Tex., to Gloria and Irby Nolen Lambeth.  He served four years in the U.S. Navy making four tours of duty in the Vietnam War on the Naval Destroyer Ozbourn DD846. After Vietnam, he went to work in new-store construction management for Neiman Marcus in Dallas and later for Lane Bryant in New York City.

Father Lambeth’s educational background included studies at Eastfield College in Dallas. In 1987 he began studies for the priesthood in St. Mary Seminary and University, Baltimore, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theology. He was ordained a priest May 21, 1994, in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, by Bishop John C. Reiss.

As parochial vicar, Father Lambeth served in St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish, Spring Lake, and Epiphany Parish, Brick. Father Lambeth’s first pastorate was Sacred Heart Parish, Trenton, followed by his assignment as pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Trenton.

In 2008, he was named administrator of St. Theresa’s Parish and then pastor. Father Lambeth retired from active ministry in 2019 but continued to serve St. Theresa Parish, assisting with Masses and the celebration of Sacraments until a few weeks before his death. His diocesan appointments included serving on the building commission; council of priests, and for eight years as director of vocations.