Fathers Peterson, Shanley Celebrate Ordination Anniversaries
The Dominican Friars of St. Thomas Aquinas Priory at Providence College recently celebrated significant ordination anniversaries for several members of the community with a Mass and reception.
Rev. John S. Peterson, O.P. ’57 was the principal celebrant of the Mass, held at the priory chapel. He marked his golden jubilee, 50 years following his ordination on June 14, 1962. Now chaplain of the National Alumni Association, Father Peterson has served in the Office of Admission and as College treasurer, as well as an instructor in the Department of Theology.
College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80, who preached the homily at the celebratory Mass, was ordained a priest 25 years ago, on May 22, 1987.
Two other priests also were honored at the Mass and reception. Rev. Thomas P. McCreesh, O.P. ’65, associate professor of theology, marked the 40th anniversary of his ordination on May 25, 1972. Rev. Edward R. Daley, O.P., former prior provincial of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph and former chair of the Providence College Corporation, celebrated his 60th anniversary as well. He was ordained on June 12, 1952. A longtime member of the Dominican Community of St. Vincent Ferrer Priory in New York, N.Y., Father Daley is a resident of Mount St. Rita Health Center in Cumberland, R.I.
In addition, Rev. George L. Cochran, O.P. ’51, who taught in the Department of English for 25 years, celebrated his golden jubilee in June. Father Cochran, who was ordained on June 2, 1962, remains formally assigned to the St. Thomas Aquinas Priory but now lives at Mohun Health Center, St. Mary of the Springs, Columbus, Ohio, where his celebration took place.
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