Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Alumni Obituaries

Fr. John Hanrahan

HANRAHAN, REVEREND JOHN W. "JACK", 88 died Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Nazareth Home.

He was born February 17, 1929 to the late Thomas Emmet Hanrahan and Evelyn Smith Hanrahan. He was a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville. A native of Louisville, Father Hanrahan was baptized at Holy Name Parish. He attended Holy Name Elementary School and St. Mary's College in St. Mary, KY for high school and college. After completing major seminary at Saint Meinrad Seminary and his ordination on March 26, 1955, Father Hanrahan began his priestly duties as a teacher for Trinity High School while serving as the Assistant Pastor at Saint Barnabas Parish. He earned a canon law degree at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. from 1957 - 1959. Upon his return, he held positions for the Archdiocese of Louisville as Secretary form 1957 - 1967, and as Chancellor from 1967 - 1982. He also served at the Tribunal, beginning in 1969 and as a religion teacher at Presentation High School from 1959 - 1967. In 1982, Father Hanrahan was appointed as Pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, where he served until his retirement in 1999.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Martha H. Cooper.

He is survived by his sister, Sr. Katharine Hanrahan, S.C.N.; niece, Patricia Cooper Courtney (Darren); great niece, Julia Q. Cason; and many great friends.