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Press Release: Fr. Bernard F. Donahue, OSFS, 1930 - 2008
Date: 7/10/2008


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Fr. Bernard F. Donahue, OSFS, 1930 - 2008

Father Bernard F. Donahue, OSFS, retired DeSales faculty member, passed away on Wednesday, July 9, 2008. A well respected and popular faculty member at DeSales, Father Donahue had a profound impact on the lives of students through the years. Funeral arrangements are as follows:

  • From 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., on Monday, July 14, 2008, family and friends are invited to a viewing in Connelly Chapel on the campus of DeSales.
  • At 7:00 p.m., a Mass of the Resurrection will be concelebrated for Fr. Bernard F. Donahue, OSFS.
  • Following the liturgy, DeSales University will host a reception in the Gerald White Pavilion of the University Center.

A native of Philadelphia, Fr. Donahue entered the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in 1948. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1958. DeSales University was planning a 50th anniversary celebration of priestly ordination for Fr. Donahue in August, and will name the newest residence hall, currently under construction and nearing completion, in his honor.

Fr. Donahue was a faculty member at DeSales from Fall 1966 to Spring 1999. During his years at DeSales, Fr. Donahue served as department chairperson and professor of politics. He developed the school's Politics program and taught that man's search for good, and man's efforts "to get from here to there," can best be illuminated through the study of the great political philosophers, informed by trenchant analysis of economics, geography, psychology and history. This "guide for life" won him the respect and admiration of students through the years. He also was the founding religious superior of Father Louis Brisson Seminary in Center Valley, Pa., the Oblate seminary for college and graduate students attending schools in the area.

A graduate of Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Fr. Donahue earned an A.B. in classical studies from Niagara University. He completed his theological studies at the DeSales School of Theology in Washington, D.C., and earned an M.A. in politics from the Catholic University of American and a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to DeSales University, Fr. Donahue taught at The Salesianum School in Wilmington. He also served as a visiting professor at St. Mary's College of California, a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities at Princeton. He received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from DeSales University in May 2005.


Press Release: Fr. Bernard F. Donahue, OSFS, 1930 - 2008 | Posted on: 7/10/2008

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Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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