• Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, President Emeritus, Franciscan University of Steubenville

    A Grace-filled life.

    1931—Vincent Michael Scanlan born in Cedarhurst, Long Island.
    1953—Received BA, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts.
    1956—Received JD, Harvard Law School. Admitted to New York Bar Association. Appointed Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Air Force.
    1957—Entered Franciscan Third Order Regular.
    1959—Made first profession of Franciscan vows.
    1964—Ordained to the priesthood. Named acting dean of the College of Steubenville. Served as lecturer in theology, 1964-66, and dean and director of the General Honors Program, 1966-69.
    1969—Appointed rector-president of St. Francis Seminary, Loretto, Pennsylvania.
    1972—Received honorary LittD, College of Steubenville.
    1974—Appointed president of the College of Steubenville.
    1975—Awarded a Master of Divinity degree, St. Francis Seminary, Loretto. Appointed chairman of the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal
    1976—Co-authored with Sister Ann Shields, And Their Eyes Were Opened, the first of his over 16 books and booklets.
    1978—Received honorary LLD, Williams College.
    1983—Launched FIRE, a Catholic alliance for Faith, Intercession, Repentance, and Evangelization, with leaders in charismatic renewal.
    1985—Named chairman of the board of New Covenant magazine.
    1986—Presented Pope St. John Paul II with an honorary degree and spiritual bouquet from Franciscan University of Steubenville students, faculty, and staff. Published his popular autobiography, Let the Fire Fall (Servant Books).
    1987—Received honorary PedD, Saint Francis University, Loretto.
    1989—Arrested and jailed with Steubenville Bishop Albert Ottenweller for a peaceful pro-life demonstration at a Youngstown, Ohio, abortion clinic. Celebrated 25 years as a priest.
    1990—Awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal by Pope St. John Paul II. Joined Catholic Campaign for America National Committee.
    1993—Received Founder’s Award from the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. Began hosting Franciscan University Presents (originally Franciscan University Focus), a monthly panel discussion with University theology faculty aired on EWTN.
 Appointed to Board of Directors of Renewal Ministries.
    1995—Received Protector Award from the Pro-Life Action League. Elected to the Franciscan TOR Provincial Council. 
Attended Vatican Congress on “The Pastoral Constitution on the Catholic Church in the Modern World.”
    1996—Named Defender of the Family by the American Center for Law and Justice.
    1997—Received Sacrae Theologiae Magister, the highest honor given by the Third Order Regular. Recognized by the Society of Catholic Social Scientists for his major contributions to Catholic higher education.
    1998—Received John Lancaster Spalding Award from the Diocese of Peoria for his outstanding contributions to Catholic education. FIRE celebrated 15th anniversary and 100th rally.
    1999—Celebrated his 25th anniversary as president of Franciscan University of Steubenville. Inducted into the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame for his contributions to the region. Presented the Shepherd’s Award for his 25 years of leadership as pastor and president of Franciscan University.
    2000—Stepped down after 26 years as president of Franciscan University. Named the school’s first chancellor.
    2002—Received doctorus honoris theologiae, Ave Maria College.
    2007—Received Pope John Paul II Family Fidelity Award from the Apostolate for Family Consecration. Received the Pro Deo et Patria Medal for distinguished service to God and country from Christendom College.
    2008—Marked 15 years as host of Franciscan University Presents.
    2009—Received the Pro Fidelitate et Virtute Award for his strong love for the Church and zealous commitment to the consecrated life from the Institute on Religious Life. Celebrated 50 years of professed Franciscan vows, 45 years of priestly ministry, and 40 years of faithful ministry and servant-leadership at Franciscan University.
    2011—Named first-ever president emeritus of Franciscan University of Steubenville. Retired to Franciscan TOR Motherhouse in Loretto, Pennsylvania.
    2017—Dies in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
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