Fr. Daniel Patrick Aidan Shanahan, O.P., was born in New York, NY, on June 15, 1934. He died at Our Lady of Wisdom Health Care Center in New Orleans, LA, on December 21, 2019.
Fr. Dan earned degrees from Providence College in Rhode Island, Loras College in Dubuque, IA, and the Dominican House of Studies in River Forest, IL, and Dubuque, IA.
Fr. Dan entered the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great in 1955. He professed Simple Vows on August 31, 1956, and Solemn Vows on August 28, 1959. He was ordained to the Priesthood on June 2, 1962. Fr. Dan joined the Province of St. Martin de Porres in 1979.
In 1963, Fr. Dan was assigned to Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, TX, as a teacher and Assistant to the Principal. He served at Bishop Lynch for 13 years, becoming Principal and President. For the next three years, Fr. Dan served as Director of the Parish Renewal Preaching Program in the Diocese of Duluth, MN, and the Diocese of Beaumont, TX. While in Beaumont, he also served as the Director of Diaconate Formation. For the next two years, Fr. Dan did itinerant preaching.
In 1986, Fr. Dan was appointed Pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Atlanta. In 1989, he became Chaplain of the Dominican Nuns in Lufkin, TX. Following this ministry, Fr. Dan returned to itinerant preaching. From 2005 – 2006, he was named Parochial Vicar of St. Peter Parish in Memphis, TN, and was Superior of the Dominican Community. In 2006, Fr. Dan was elected Prior of St. Dominic Priory in New Orleans. He remained at St. Dominic until 2017, when he moved to Our Lady of Wisdom Health Care Center. He lived at Our Lady of Wisdom until his death.
Fr. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Fitzgerald Shanahan, and his sister, Mary Shanahan. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Southern Dominican Province is appreciated.
Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 2, 2020, at Our Lady of Wisdom Chapel, 5600 Gen. De Gaulle Blvd., New Orleans, LA, 70131. Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM and continue until Mass time. Interment will follow at Rosaryville Cemetery in Ponchatoula, LA. JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 Canal St., New Orleans, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenfh.com.
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