Father Brendan Cunnane, C.P., St. Paul of the Cross Province (1890-1932)

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Born Daniel Cunnane on January 28, 1890 in Village Ballyhannis, County Mayo, Ireland, he came as a young child to Dunkirk, New York. He went to St. Mary’s parochial school which was operated by the Passionists. This inspired him to enter the Passionist novitiate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He pronounced his vows on September 12, 1911. He was ordained on June 14, 1919. For one years he was professor at the Holy Cross Seminary, Dunkirk. He spent most of his time as a preacher of parish missions. He died after attending the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Ireland where he also visited his family. On August 10, 1932 he said Mass at the Carmelite Convent, London, England and proceeded on to Paris, France with the intention of visiting Lourdes, France. Father Cuthbert, C.P.superior of St. Joseph’s Church, the Passionist English-speaking parish in Paris, wrote that Father Cunnane’s car was struck by another car. He was thrown out of the car, his head hit a fire box and he was rendered unconscious. He died at the Hospital de la Charite and is buried in Paris at the cemetery of the Passionists in Paris.