From Nazareth College…
Monsignor William H. Shannon died Sunday at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse. He was 94. Fr. Shannon was appointed in 1946 as professor of religion at Nazareth College. He was named a full professor in 1958 and remained at the College until retiring in 1982, when he became professor emeritus. He served as Nazareth’s chaplain from 1949-75. Msgr. Shannon also has the distinction of having an endowed chair at Nazareth College named in his honor, the William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies, as well as a lecture series named after him.
Fr. Shannon, a Diocese of Rochester priest for nearly 69 years, was recognized internationally as an expert on the famous Trappist Monk Thomas Merton. He was the founding president of the International Thomas Merton Society and edited numerous volumes of Merton’s letters and authored an acclaimed biography, Silent Lamp: The Thomas Merton Story.
Fr. Shannon will lie-in-state this Thursday, May 3, from noon to 7:00PM for public calling hours in Linehan Chapel. Following the calling hours, a Vigil Service of Evening Prayer will take place at 7:00PM. Fr. Shannon’s funeral Mass will take place this Friday, May 4, at 10:30AM in Linehan Chapel.