Reverend Thomas L. Keenan, AC'63
The Reverend Thomas L. Keenan, Pastor Emeritus of St. Margaret Church, Rumford died on Monday, September 4, 2017 at Memorial Hospital. Born March 14, 1938 in Providence, he was the son of the late Gilbert L. “Roy” and Mary- Ruth (Sweeney) Keenan. He lived his early years in East Providence. His education began at Sacred Heart Grammar School in East Providence where the Sisters of Mercy laid a foundation that would benefit him for life. He later graduated LaSalle Academy (Class of 1955) and Our Lady of Providence Seminary (Class of 1959-BA). That year Bishop Russell J. McVinney sent him to the University of Louvain, Belgium where he completed his studies, obtaining an M.A.(LOV.) and was ordained to the priesthood by John Cardinal Cody, Archbishop of Chicago on June 29, 1963. That summer he returned to Rhode Island.
After a brief assignment at St. Joseph Church in Central Falls, he became assistant pastor at Ss. Peter & Paul Cathedral, also serving as moderator to the National Council of Catholic Women. From 1967-1971 he taught Religion and French at St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket. During those years he also served as a part-time assistant pastor at St. Edward Church in Pawtucket and at St. Edward and St. Thomas, both in Providence.
Appointed to St. Charles Borromeo Church in Woonsocket as assistant pastor in 1971, he remained there four years, before going to St. Mark Church in Garden City, Cranston until 1979. While at St. Charles, he was administrator of Mt. St. Francis Day Care Center in Woonsocket and while at St. Mark’s he was the administrator of Carter Day Nursery in Providence. While in these positions he served on various special committees for the Catholic Charity Fund Appeal, in Woonsocket in particular, and later in Providence.
In February 1979, Father Keenan became pastor of St. Joseph Church in Pascoag. While there he was dean of the Northern Rhode Island Deanery and undertook major renovations in the parish. In 1991, Bishop Louis Gelineau appointed him the pastor of St. Margaret Church in Rumford from which he retired in 2006 with the title of Pastor Emeritus. At St. Margaret he amortized the debt from the 1988 fire and reconstruction.
Besides his clerical vocation, Father’s avocations included: cooking, reading, travelling and attending theatrical performances and museums.
He is survived by his sister, Kathleen M. (Keenan) Monahan; his nephew, Marc J. Monahan and his wife Erika and their son Calum; his niece, Erin K. (Monahan) Hayes and her husband Charles P. and their sons David and Kevin. He was the uncle of the late David Monahan. He was a long-time friend of the late Sister Elizabeth Gorman, SND and her nieces and nephews whom Father considered his extended family, especially Julie Gorman, William Gorman and his family and Madeline Jackson.
Father Keenan will lie in state in St. Margaret Church, 1098 Pawtucket Avenue, Rumford on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 5-7 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow in Mt. St. Mary Cemetery, Pawtucket. Please omit flowers. Contributions may be made in Father’s memory to St. Margaret Church or to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, 468 Popoquodnick Road, Windsor, Connecticut 0609
Reverend Thomas J. Bresnahan, AC'60
Fr. Thomas J. Bresnahan, 83, of Manchester, NH passed away peacefully on August 15th the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at Mt. Carmel Nursing and Rehabilitation in Manchester.
He was born and educated in Manchester, NH, the son of the late Catherine (Walsh) and Patrick Bresnahan. Father Tom graduated from St. Joseph High School for Boys, Class of 1951. He completed his ecclesiastical studies at the College Chapel of the American College at Louvain, Belgium and he was ordained to the priesthood there in 1960.
During his 50 years of priesthood, he was affiliated with numerous parishes. He was the Associate Pastor at St. Catherine Parish in Portsmouth, St. Kieran Parish in Berlin, NH and St. John the Evangelist in Concord. He taught for 4 years at Bishop Brady in Concord later becoming the Chaplain at Rivier College in Nashua. He was Pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Jaffrey, NH and St. Joseph Parish in Nashua. Father Tom was the founding Pastor at St. Mark’s in Londonderry and served there from 1981 -2000 until his retirement. He served on the School Board in Jaffrey in the 70’s.
On Sunday, August 20th visitation will be at St. Mark the Evangelist Church, 1 South Rd. Londonderry, NH from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. On Monday, August 21st, the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM at St. Mark the Evangelist Church. The Rite of Committal will be in the family plot at St. Joseph Cemetery in Bedford, NH. The Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St. Salem, NH has care of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Father Tom’s name may be sent to: Catholic Charities of NH, 215 Myrtle Street, Manchester, NH 03104-4354.
To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com
Reverend Ward B. Oakshott AC Staff
September 11, 1940 - June 5, 2017
Ward B. Oakshott was baptized shortly after birth by the nuns who helped deliver him, as it appeared the struggling newborn might not live. He survived to go home with parents Thomas I. and Ruth (Stolts) Oakshott, to grow up in his fondly remembered Colville, WA with brother Tom, amid close bonds with cousins, aunts and uncles, neighbors and family friends.
Physical health that never fully stabilized couldn’t impede his life-long growth in wisdom and kindness, curiosity and insight into humans and critters, and profound respect for gifts of difference in nationalities, cultures and religious traditions. Each person he encountered - from Dog House wait staff to doctors, artists, salespersons, rabbis, house-keepers - was a story to be savored, part of a wondrous, unfolding whole. Educated at Sewanee Military Academy, Ft. Wright College and the University of Washington, Ward earned a Master of Arts degree and went on to teach high school English before realizing his vocation to the Catholic priesthood. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Seattle by Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen in 1977 at St. Thomas More parish in Lynnwood, WA after serving his diaconate at St. Mary parish in Monroe. His additional Masters degree in theology, along with his accomplishments in liturgy and homiletics, led to appointment to the faculty of The American College (Roman Catholic seminary) of Louvain, Belgium.
Reverend Francis J. Keefe, AC'58
Served as Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy in Brussels, 1972-1978.
Reverend Francis J. Keefe, 84, pastor emeritus of St. Joseph Parish in North Scituate, died on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, a son of the late Francis and Mary (McCabe) Keefe, he attended Holy Trinity School in Central Falls and St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket. In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick, and at the American College in Louvain, Belgium. He was ordained a priest on May 31, 1958 in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence by Bishop Russell J. McVinney.
After a summer assignment at St. Mary Parish in Carolina, Father Keefe served as assistant pastor at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Pawtucket (1958-69) and at St. Martha Parish in East Providence (1969-72). In May 1972, he was appointed pastor of the American parish in Louvain, Belgium and served there until February 1978. After his return to the Diocese, he was named assistant pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Pawtucket in 1978 and became pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Ashton in June 1979.
In June 1990, due to ill health, Father Keefe resigned as pastor and became assistant pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Ashton. In January 1992, he was appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish in North Scituate and remained there until his retirement as pastor emeritus in March 2001.
In addition to his parochial duties, Father Keefe served as chaplain for Alhambra Circle, Daughters of Isabella and as a member of the Building Commission for the Diocese of Providence. He also served as a chaplain for the Apostleship of the Sea USA. After his retirement from parish administration, Father Keefe resided at the St. John Vianney Residence in Providence and assisted in various parishes.
He is survived by a sister, Maureen J. (Keefe) Krueger; a nephew, Dennis R. C. Keefe Jr. and his wife Erin M.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for the repose of Father's soul was offered on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 10am at St. Joseph Church, North Scituate.
Father Tom Anslow, C.M.
Graduate Studies Canon Law AC'95-97
Father Tom Anslow, C.M. entered into eternal life April 28, 2017 at Amat House, Los Angeles, CA. Tom was 71 years old.
Fr. Tom was born on February 21, 1946 in Bremerton, WA to Frances (Schauer) and Harold Anslow. He attended high school at Our Lady Queen of Angels Seminary and college at St. John’s Seminary College, Camarillo. Entering the internal seminary at Santa Barbara on August 11, 1966, he completed the second year of novitiate at Perryville in 1968. From St. Mary’s of the Barrens, Fr. Tom went on to DeAndreis in Lemont where he professed Vows on February 21, 1971 and then was ordained to the Priesthood on June 17, 1972 at St. Vincent’s, LA.
Fr. Tom’s education includes an MA in Philosophy in 1973 and an MA in Theology in 1975 (DePaul University), a Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1983 (University of Toronto), and a licentiate in Canon Law in 1996 (Catholic University Leuven, Belgium).
Mike Gannon, AC'59
Mike Gannon (1927-2017), an alumnus of the American College, class of 1959, died on March 10, a few days shy of his 90th birthday. The son of a military officer, Mike was born in Fort Sill, OK. His family moved to Florida when Mike was a teenager. As a young man, Mike hosted a radio call-in show in St. Augustine and spent his summers as an announcer at Marineland. After completing his MA in philosophy as a Basselin student at CUA, Mike matriculated at the American College in 1953, the second year that the college was open after World War II. While at the college Mike wrote a number of hymns, many of which are still in use today.
Mike was ordained as a priest of the diocese of St. Augustine, then the only diocese in Florida, in 1959. As a young priest, Mike was assigned to the Catholic Center at the University of Florida, Gainsville. While serving as chaplain, he obtained a Ph.D. in history. He later served as director of the Nombre de Dios Mission in St. Augustine. Mike left the active ministry in 1976. He married Genevieve Haugen, "Gigi," who survives him.
Mike served as a war correspondent for America during the Vietnam conflict. On his return to Gainsville in 1974, Mike became a professor of history at the University of Florida. His academic accomplishments include the publication of several books. Mike had an interest in military history and, in 1990 published Operation Drumbeat, a study of the Germans' early use of U-boats during World War II. Much later he testified at a congressional hearing on the role of Admiral Husband Kimmnel, the commander of the Fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Mike also had an abiding interest in early (Spanish) Florida history. His 1965 study, The Cross in the Sand, argued that the first Thanksgiving celebration in what is now the U. S. took place in St. Augustiine in 1565, between Spaniards and Timucuan Native Americans. Mike was particularly committed to the alliance between Spain and the University of Florida and was named a knight commander of the Order of Isabel the Catholic by King Juan Carlos I.
Professor Cor Traets, SJ
Cor Traets, s.j., a professor emeritus at the K.U. Leuven, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Professor emeritus Jan Lambrecht, s.j. preached the homily during Professor Traets' funeral liturgy on March 3, 2017. Professors Traets and Lambrecht were co-novices of the Society of Jesus, having entered the society together in 1945. Professor Matteus Lamberichts, dean of the faculty of theology, gave the academic eulogy.
Rev. Msgr. E. James Petersen, M.M.R.Sc.
Rev. Msgr. E. James Petersen, M.M.R.Sc. (AC Sabbatical '70-'71) died on May 3, 2016 in Fresno, CA. Ordained for the Diocese of Fresno from the Pontifical College Josephinum on May 30, 1959, Jim served as Executive Director for the California Catholic Conference, Assistant Chancellor for the Diocese of Fresno and parish pastor of several parishes of the diocese. He retired as pastor of the Shrine of St. Therese, Fresno, in 2009. Read the obituary online. Read an article about the impact of his ministry in the May 12th edition of the Fresno Bee.
Reverend John Dorsel
Father John (Jack) Dorsel, AC'61 died April 24, 2016 at St. Joseph of the Pines Health Care Center. The funeral was celebrated by Bishiop of Raleigh, The Most Reverend Michael F Burbidge.
Professor Jan Grootaers
Professor Jan Grootaers (age 94) passed away on April 6th. One of the very last Belgians to participate in Vatican II.
Father Paul Aerts SS.CC
Funeral del Padre PAUL AERTS SS.CC.
Miercoles 23 de Marzo 2016a las 10.30 uur
en la Sint-Antoniuskapel (Iglesia del Padre Damián) Damiaanplein, Leuven
Sepultura: Cementerio de Heverlee
Ocasión para presentar sus respetos al Padre Paul Sábado 19 de Marzo entre las 16 y las 17 horas Funeraria Pues, Geldenaaksebaan 344 te 3001 Heverlee.
Jan KerKhofs, SJ, Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Theology
Jan Kerkhofs, SJ, emeritus professor of pastoral theology in the Faculty of Theology of the KU Leuven died on December 16. Born on May 15, 1924, he had been in failing health for some time. In addition to his work in Leuven, he had been general secretary of Pro Mundi Vita. Professor Kerkhofs was a world-renowned figure who published twenty books. Among his best known contributions were his sociologicalissues of various church-related and religious issues. May he rest in peace! Follow this link to view the obituary in Flemish.
Sister Kate Dooley, OP, KUL-MA'77, KUL-PHD'82
SINSINWA, WISCONSIN - Catherine Dooley, OP, died on Tuesday, December 1st. She will be waked on Sunday and buried on the following day. Kate did her doctoral studies in Leuven and was a great friend to many in the college community during the time of her studies. After finishing her doctorate, she returned to the Catholic University of America where she taught in the Department of Religious Studies until her retirement a few years ago. She was a great friend and support to many of us. Follow the link below to read a biography about Kate's teaching and writing in the field of liturgical catechesis. Follow this link for further information on the Sinsinwa Dominican website.
Reverend Donald Lafond, AC'62
MANCHESTER - Rev. Father Donald E. Lafond, 79, of Manchester died Oct. 17, 2015, at his residence with his loving family by his side. Born in Manchester on Nov. 6, 1935, he was the son of Alfred and Evelyn Lafond. He attended St. Anthony High School and earned his bachelor's degree from St. Anselm College. Post graduating, he studied at the University of Lubaine in Belgium and received a master's degree from Boston College. - See more at: www.legacy.com
ReverenD Charles H. Downing, AC'65
DOWNING, THE REVEREND CHARLES H. 75, Pastor Emeritus of Saint Joseph Church, West Warwick, died October 13, 2015. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, son of the late Charles and Eleanor (O'Leary) Downing, he attended Assumption School and LaSalle Academy in Providence. In preparation for the priesthood, he studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick, Rhode Island, and at the American College in Louvain, Belgium. He was ordained a priest on June 26, 1965 in Louvain by Bishop Richard H. Ackerman. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/providence/obituary.aspx?n=Charles-H-Downing&pid=176126465#sthash.5KHszbnQ.dpuf.
Reverend Hugh Crean, AC Director of Pastoral Formation, 1970-1973
Rev. Hugh Francis Crean, 78, died Tuesday, October 6, 2015. He was born in Westfield on March 26, 1937 to the late Hugh and Nora (Brosnan) Crean. He attended St. Mary’s Elementary and High School in Westfield. He received his BA at Holy Cross College where he served as President of his Senior Class. He attended St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore from 1958 -1962 and was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Springfield in 1962. Fr. Crean received his Doctorate (Ph.D & S.T.D) from the University of Louvain in Belgium. - See more online.
Reverend William Greytak, AC'56, Rector 1978-1983
Fr. William J. Greytak, age 84, of Helena, passed away Saturday, September 26, 2015. A Vigil Service is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at the Cathedral of St. Helena with Rosary prayers to follow. A Funeral Mass is set for 12:00 p.m. Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 at the Cathedral of St. Helena with Bishop Thomas presiding. A burial will follow the Mass at the St. John of the Valley cemetery outside of Boulder. A reception will immediately follow the burial at St. Catherine’s Catholic Parish in the Fr. Greytak Hall in Boulder. Please visit below to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Fr. William. - See more at: http://helenafuneralhome.
William Joseph Greytak was born in Butte, Montana, on November 13, 1930, the son of Stephen and Mary Green Greytak. His elementary and secondary education was in Butte and he obtained his bachelor’s degree from Carroll College in Helena. His seminary formation was at the American College, Louvain, Belgium.
He was ordained as a priest for the Diocese of Helena on July 1, 1956.
Father Greytak began his tenure on the Faculty of Carroll College in September of 1956. From July of 1978 through July of 1983, Father served as the Rector of the American College in Louvain, Belgium. He returned to the Faculty at Carroll College for the fall semester in 1983 where he taught and counseled students until retiring from that Faculty in July of 2001.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, from July of 1986 through September of 1992, Father served as Coordinator of ministry for St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Helmville and St. Jude Mission in Lincoln. Beginning October 1, 1992, he was appointed as Pastor of St. Catherine Parish in Boulder with St. John Mission in the Boulder Valley, a position he held until December of 2014.
Over the years, Father Greytak served on various diocesan consultative groups, including the College of Consultors, the Presbyteral Council, the Personnel Board, and the Board of the Clergy Senior Status Trust. He also served as a diocesan Dean and as the Director of the Borromeo Pre-Seminary Program.