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Boston College community bids farewell to Father Monan


  • The funeral Mass for former Boston College president Father J. Donald Monan, SJ, celebrated at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Brighton, March 22. Pilot photo/Mark Labbe
  • Father Robert Keane, SJ, places a cross on Father Monanís casket at the start of the funeral Mass. (Pilot photo/Mark Labbe)

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BRIGHTON -- Friends, family, fellow Jesuits, and Boston College alumni mourned the passing of Father J. Donald Monan, SJ, president of Boston College from 1972 to 1996, during a funeral service at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Brighton, March 22.

The principal celebrant of the service, which saw almost all of the church's pews filled, was Father Robert L. Keane,SJ, rector of the BC Jesuit Community, while Father Joseph M. O'Keefe, SJ, rector of the Ciszek Hall Jesuit Community in New York City, was the homilist.

The readings, the prayers of the faithful, and presentation of gifts were done by members of the Monan family.

In his homily, Father O'Keefe acknowledged the grief those who knew Father Monan must feel at his passing. But, he said, that grief will eventually give way to gratitude, gratitude for Father Monan's long life.

Father Monan died at the age of 92 at the Jesuit's Campion Center in Weston, March 18. As BC's 24th president, he is credited for saving the school from financial crisis and turning it into an academic and financial success.

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