Rev. P. J. Lanigan, Josephite priest, missionary, dies


A Mass of Christian burial for the Rev. Paul J. Lanigan, S.S.J., a veteran missionary priest and former seminary professor, will be offered at 11 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Manor, 910 W. Lake Ave.

Father Lanigan, who was 83, died Monday at St. Joseph Hospital after a series of illnesses.

A priest for 54 years, he had been a resident of St. Joseph's Manor -- the Josephite Fathers retirement home -- since 1988.

Born and reared in Boston as one of four children of Irish immigrant parents, Father Lanigan entered studies for the priesthood in 1929 in the Josephite minor seminary in Newburgh, N.Y.

In 1931, he advanced to the St. Joseph Seminary in Washington.

He was ordained in 1937 at the National Shrine in the District of Columbia.

That year, Father Lanigan served as associate pastor at Baltimore's St. Pius V Church.

After several assignments, including his first appointment as a parish pastor in Marshall, Texas, and duties as an instructor at Xavier University in New Orleans, Father Lanigan spent three years traveling and raising money for the Josephite missions.

After eight years on the faculty of St. Joseph's Seminary, he was assigned from 1954 to 1957 at the Josephite Generalate, or headquarters, in Baltimore, and then had a series of assignments at parishes in New Orleans; Fort Worth, Texas; Miami; and Washington.

Survivors include a brother, James G. Lanigan of Wilmington, Mass., and a sister, Elizabeth Scully of Milton, Mass.


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