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Cassian Corcoran, OFM

Cassian Corcoran

1922 – 1986

Fr. Cassian Corcoran, OFM, was born in Torrington, Conn., on Aug. 15, 1922. He attended St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., and entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., Aug. 12, 1944.

He professed temporary vows Aug. 14, 1945, and made his profession of solemn vows Sept. 17, 1948. Fr. Cassian was ordained a priest in Washington, D.C., on June 11, 1950.

His first assignment was to St. Joseph’s in Callicoon as a Latin teacher. For four years Fr. Cassian taught at the s eminary and cared pastorally for the Long Eddy, N.Y., parish. In 1955, he went to study sacred scripture at the Antonianum in Rome. After three years at the Antonianum, he went to the Pontifical Biblical Institute from 1958 to 1960. He received his Licentiate in Scripture and an S.T.D. in theology.

Fr. Cassian returned to the United States and after one year at St. Francis College in Rye Beach, N.H., he went to Holy Name College in Washington where he spent the rest of his life. Fr. Cassian was associate professor at Washington Theological Union, and from 1962 to 1971, he was an instructor at Catholic University. He was also the assistant master of clerics at Holy Name College and served as vicar of the community from 1967 to 1976.

He offered popular scriptural workshops throughout the Province, taught in adult education programs in parishes, gave lectures and conferences in the Washington area and taught during the summer at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y.

Fr. Cassian was a dedicated teacher whose presentations were clear and direct, simple and without gloss. Music, photography and flower gardening were among his many interests. He was an enthusiastic, friendly, cheerful friar — a teller of outlandish stories and genuinely devout.

He died suddenly in his room at St. Bonaventure University on July 14, 1986. Fr. Cassian was 63 years old, a professed friar for 40 years and a priest for 36 years.