Rev. Francis X. Keenan, C.P. religious priest of the Passionist Congregation, died at St. Benedict Nursing and Rehabilitation Home, in Niles, IL, at 90 years of age, on November 25, 2023.
Father Frank was born in Chicago on July 18, 1933. He entered the Passionist noviate, at St. Paul, in 1953 and professed his first vows in July of 1954. His studies in philosophy and theology were at the monasteries in Des Moines, Chicago and Louisville. After sacred eloquence, he returned to St. Paul as assistant Novice Director, a position he held for about two years. From here, he enjoyed a long and rewarding ministry including student leadership at several locations, and finally in pastoral ministry at Lutheran General Hospital near Chicago.
Father Frank cherished his short assignments in St. Paul and made many friends here. Many of our parishioners still remember him fondly. His final wishes were that his cremation, visitation and memorial mass be done in Chicago. Then he wanted to return to St. Francis, St. Paul, for his funeral Mass and burial in our Church Garden Passionist Cemetery.
May Father Frank Rest in Peace!
Father Frank Keenan's obituary is linked HERE.
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