SOUTH BOSTON, Mass. — Dominic Finneran, OFM, 95, a professed Franciscan friar for 74 years, died Sept. 16 at Marian Manor.
A wake and wake service were offered Sept. 18 at St. Anthony Shrine, Boston, where Dominic lived for more than four decades. William Beaudin, OFM,served as principal celebrant and David Convertino, OFM, offered the homily during the Mass of Christian Burial on Sept. 19 at the shrine. Burial followed at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury, Mass.
Born Sept. 13, 1918 to Joseph and Sarah Finneran, Dominic was baptized Mark Thomas at St. Aidan’s Catholic Church in Brookline. He attended the parish’s grammar and high school, graduating in 1937.
He was received as a tertiary brother on Aug. 12, 1937, taking the name Dominic. He was received into the Order one year later at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J. He professed first vows there on Aug. 13, 1939, and made his solemn profession on Sept. 17, 1942 at Holy Name College in Washington.
Dominic devoted his religious life to serving as a sacristan for various parishes and friaries, including Holy Cross Friary, Bronx, N.Y., St. Anne Parish, Fair Lawn, N.J., St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., St. Bernardine of Siena Friary, Loudonville, NY., St. Francis of Assisi Parish, New York City, N.Y., and St. Francis Friary, Brookline, Mass. He served at St. Anthony Shrine from 1971 until several years ago, when he moved to Marian Manor for health reasons. Dominic was given senior associate friar status while he was stationed at Arch Street.
He is predeceased by his brothers, Joseph and James, and a sister, Sarah.
Memorial donations may be sent to: Franciscan Friars-Holy Name Province, 144 West 32nd St., New York, NY 10001.
— Compiled by Theresa Bartha