A Life of Grace - Fr. Michael Scanlan | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • A Father To Us All: The Legacy of Father Michael Scanlan, TOR

  • A Life of Grace: Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, 1931-2017

    Remembrance one year later

    Join us in Christ the King Chapel at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018, the one-year anniversary of the passing of Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, for a holy hour with readings from his writing and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.


    Statement on the date of his passing

    Franciscan University of Steubenville today mourns the death of President Emeritus Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, 85. Father Scanlan died on Saturday, January 7, 2017, after an extended illness.

    His leadership as president transformed Franciscan University from a struggling regional college into a world-renowned leader in Catholic higher education and helped to inspire a restoration of faithful Catholic education in the United States and the world.

    A priest of the Franciscan Third Order Regular Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Father Scanlan served as president of Franciscan University from 1974-2000, chancellor from 2000-2011, and became president emeritus in 2011. That same year he retired to the Third Order Regular Sacred Heart Province's motherhouse in Loretto, Pennsylvania, and in December 2013, due to declining health, he moved to Garvey Manor, a Catholic nursing home in nearby Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania.

    Father Scanlan died Saturday morning, January 7, 2017, after an extended illness. Funeral arrangements are pending but will include a viewing and a memorial Mass at Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Mass of Christian Burial at the TOR Motherhouse in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

    Father Scanlan became president of the College of Steubenville in 1974 in the midst of turbulent times for Catholic higher education. Over the next 26 years, he transformed the College into Franciscan University of Steubenville and gained for it a worldwide reputation for both excellence in academics and its passionate Catholic faith environment.

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    Memorial Mass in Finnegan Fieldhouse

    Watch the Recording of the Memorial Mass here »

    Download the Prayer Card pdf
  • Photos of Father Michael Scanlan, TOR

  • Father Mike: A Life of Grace

    A Fireside Chat

    Some of Father Mike's Homilies

    At Franciscan University

  • Viewing and Wake Service

  • Memorial Mass

  • Mass of Christian Burial

  • Cemetery

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1235 University Boulevard

Steubenville, Ohio 43952

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