The President Emeritus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Died Saturday, January 7, 2017

The President Emeritus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Died Saturday, January 7, 2017

[Hat-tip to Canon212]

Franciscan University of Steubenville
January 07, 2017

STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—Franciscan University of Steubenville today mourns the death of President Emeritus Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, 85. 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. Details will be posted when they are available here.
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.
His success helped spark a restoration of authentic Catholic education in the United States and beyond, with many colleges and universities renewing their Catholic identity and new schools imitating his emphasis on Catholic Church teaching.
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13 comments on “The President Emeritus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Died Saturday, January 7, 2017

  1. Requiescat in pace/May his memory be eternal.

  2. [An article from Charisma Magazine on Scanlon’s retirement in 2011. May God have mercy on him for all those he led into barking like dogs in church.]
    Catholic Charismatic Renewal Leader Scanlan Retires

    Known for bringing the Charismatic Renewal to a Catholic university campus, Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, retired on June 30 [2011].

    The 80-year-old served for nearly 12 years as the Franciscan University chancellor after leading the school as president for 26 years.

    Scanlan founded Catholic summer conference programs for adults and teens in 1975 with a national Catholic charismatic conference for priests and deacons. Today, Franciscan’s summer conferences reach over 40,000 people annually with the good news of authentic Catholic renewal and the New Evangelization.

    “The Lord has given me countless blessings through my years of service at Franciscan University,” Scanlan said. “It has been a remarkable privilege and deep joy to work with so many committed Christian faculty, staff, administrators and donors in the vitally important ministry of Catholic higher education.”

    Father Terence Henry, TOR, president of Franciscan University, says the university is deeply grateful to Scanlan for all he has done for the renewal of Franciscan University, the renewal of Catholic higher education, and the renewal of the worldwide Church.

    “Father Mike heeded those same words that were spoken to St. Francis of Assisi over 800 years ago, ‘Go and rebuild my church,’” Henry says. “And he did so by transforming Franciscan University into an internationally recognized Catholic university.”

    Steubenville Bishop R. Daniel Conlon says it’s hard to imagine the university without Scanlan, who made an indelible mark on the institution. Conlon called him a champion of civil rights and the common good in the larger community.

    “As the bishop of the local diocese, I am also aware of and grateful for the pastoral care Father Michael has offered many people over the years, especially those involved in the charismatic renewal,” Conlon says. “I invite all the people of the Diocese of Steubenville to give thanks to God for this faithful servant and to ask blessings upon him.”

    Scanlan has retired to the Third Order Regular Sacred Heart Province’s motherhouse in Loretto, Pa., where he will continue a ministry of prayer and pastoral work .

    “Father Mike brought the Charismatic Renewal to the then dying campus of the College of Steubenville, and through his dreams, preaching, and sacrifice, the Holy Spirit breathed new life into the school,” says Micah J. Wright, a student at Franciscan University.

    “I think it is safe to say that tens of thousands of marriages, and thousands of priestly and religious vocations have come out of FUS, and has set the church afire with Holy Ghost power! Franciscan University of Steubenville has made a giant contribution to the Charismatic world, Protestant and Catholic alike, that we will never able to measure until we are with Him.” [my emphasis]

  3. I believe I recall him talking about having been a career USAF officer before his vocation.

    Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine et lux perpetua luceat ei Requiescat in pace amen+

  4. Prayers for any Catholic who dies especially a pro-life Catholic who was generally morally conservative. However, the premise of the modernist neo-Protestant “Charismatic Renewal” movement that the Catholic Church before the arrival of this Protestant movement was somehow deficient in the Holy Spirit is false. This is a product of the confusion and disorientation following Vatican II that swept through some Americanist circles under the influence of the Spirit of Vatican II. The question of private revelation or special graces conferring the miraculous gift of spiritual healing are well within traditional orthodox Catholic theology. There is no need for an American Protestant style of spirituality or emotionalism which have no basis in Catholic tradition. Some people were apparently led to believe this because of an aridity from Jansenism in certain circles of American Catholicism. The cure for aridity or Jansenism is not Pentecostalist Protestantism but the true Catholic faith. The reason for the uneven distribution of gifts of the Holy Spirit (such as miraculous healing or prophecy) is a mystery known only to God. Faking these charisms through outbursts of emotion and rolling on the floor only spreads confusion.

  5. As someone here recently spoke of: “Feelings. Nothing more than feelings.”
    Agreed that Scanlon should have our prayers — especially because he certainly needs them.
    While he did a lot of good, furthering the false charismatic movement was a huge blot on his legacy.
    You can have all the correct doctrine and zeal you want otherwise, but if you run your life and thinking on feelings, all it will take is a strong enough wind of doctrine to blow it all away and replace it with heresy and apostasy.

    • Were it just feelings, that would be different. Pentecostalism is a spiritual infection. It was brought into the Church in the 1960’s when some priests went to Pentecostals–in Pennsylvania, if I recall–and received the infection via laying on of hands. The priests spoke in tongues, and the Pentecostals were impressed that Catholics could receive it. Since then the infection has become endemic because the shepherds are content to let the wolves have at the flock.

      Falling down, babbling in tongues, rolling on the floor barking like dogs–all things like this that John Vennari has caught on video–are indicative of some form of possession. Fr. Scanlan should have known better. He was likely a victim of it himself, a carrier, or medium, who could pass the infection to others. This is shameful at best, diabolical at worst. May God have mercy and spare him of spending eternity with his captors.

      • Sure, it’s not entirely feelings. I was just working off a previous humorous post.
        I’d say it’s actually a form of Fideism; Pentecostalism seems to deny the usefulness of intellect, and make personal experience (which most often is driven by feelings), and/or signs and wonders the criteria of truth.
        St. Paul already warned against this nonsense in I Cor. 14: “But in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may instruct others also: than ten thousand words in a tongue. Brethren, do not become children in sense. But in malice be children: and in sense be perfect.”
        St. Paul has such a charitable way of saying that those who senselessly babble in tongues act like senseless children.

  6. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

  7. The premise of the modernist neo-Protestant “Charismatic Renewal” movement that Catholics were somehow deficient in the Holy Spirit and needed a laying on of hands by heretical Protestant Pentecostalists in order to gain the gifts or powers of the Holy Spirit is false and heretical. This notion contradicts Catholic teaching on Baptism and introduces a false sacrament. Moreover, hysterical modernist neo-Catholic “charismatics” who fake antics of being “slain in the spirit” by rolling around on the floor howling and barking exhibit disorientation. They have no special powers. This crazy movement from the Vatican II era has similarities with the heresy of Joachim of Fiore (1135 – 1202), the medieval neo-gnostic millenarian who espoused the Third Age of the Spirit. People who are upset or frustrated that they don’t have miraculous powers of healing and do not receive private revelations of divine prophecy should pray for wisdom, patience, and understanding. They don’t need to roll around on the floor and yell nonsense. If they are suffering from aridity or think they might be Jansenists they should pray a Novena to the Sacred Heart or practice Eucharistic devotion. They don’t need to become neo-Protestants. Virtues and the Holy Spirit were infused at Baptism. They don’t need to fake hysteria. The stupidity of this is incredible. It took the craziness and confusion of Vatican II in Americanist modernist Catholicism in the 1960s in Pittsburgh and Ohio to cook up this crazy movement.

  8. We have football, baseball, and hockey games for people who feel like they need to scream, shout, and jump around more.

  9. This is as much charismatic enthusiasm as the Spirit of Vatican II needs:

    Slain in the cheesehead.

  10. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.
    Requiescat in pace. Amen.

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