Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Monk at 105.


"He who dwells in the shelter of the most High and abides in the shade of the Almighty says to the Lord "My refuge, my stronghold, my God in whom in I trust." ... With length of life I will content him; I shall let him see my saving power." - Ps. 90

A friend sent me news of a monk we both knew, who had recently observed his 105 birthday, died today, July 29, 2012:
Monastery birthday notice: 
Today Fr. Daniel Lenihan is 105 years old. He retired from managing Mass Offerings about two months ago because of his declining health. During the last two weeks he has needed assistance to leave his bed in the infirmary. And for the past two days he has been resting quietly, ready to meet the Lord. If Fr. Daniel is not the oldest priest in the world he comes close. We are trying to find out if there are any older priests. He joined New Melleray in 1946. Rejoice with us as we celebrate the life and holiness of this wonderful monk.

Monastery death notice:

Fr. Daniel Lenihan died this morning at 11:40 AM. He was 105 years old. Fr. Daniel entered New Melleray on May 17, 1946 and made his first profession of vows on September 12, 1948, and his solemn vows three years later. He was ordained a priest on May 3, 1955. The day and time of his funeral will be announced later. - New Melleray Abbey
He was quite a monk. 

"Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts." - Proverbs 8:34

Thanks be to God.


  1. By a remarkable coincidence, on the very same day the oldest monk on Mount Athos died at the age of 105. A nice example of "breathing with two lungs" symmetry.

    1. Indeed - thanks for telling me Mark. Providential.

  2. Were you at New Melleray?

    1. Yes - I was a novice there once. See photo in side bar - I'm seated, second from viewer's left.

  3. they get up so early.

    1. I just received word from one of the monks:

      Did you know that the mayor of Chicago and his council declared Saturday
      " Fr. Daniel Lenehan Day " for the city of Chicago ?

      Saturday was his birthday.

  4. wow chicago actually got something right. may he rest in peace.


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