Rev. David L. LearyAssociate pastorThe Rev. David...


Rev. David L. Leary

Associate pastor

The Rev. David L. Leary, associate pastor since 1971 of the Shrine of the Little Flower, died Friday of lymphoma at St. Joseph Hospital. He was 72.

Father Leary had been a missionary for four years in the Diocese of Paranagua in Brazil before joining the staff at the Shrine of the Little Flower.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of Blessed Sacrament School and Loyola High School. He attended Loyola College for two years before beginning his studies for the priesthood at the Jesuit novitiate at Wernersville, Pa.

He returned to Baltimore and continued his studies as a candidate for the diocesan priesthood. He was ordained in 1956 after graduating from St. Mary's Seminary in Roland Park.

He was an associate pastor at three area Roman Catholic churches, St. Patrick's and St. Thomas Aquinas in Baltimore and St. Joseph's in Fullerton before he became a missionary.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at the Shrine of the Little Flower, Belair Road and Brendan Avenue. A Mass was also offered yesterday at the monastery of the Visitation community of nuns in Frederick, of which three of his sisters are members.

He is survived by four sisters, Mother Mary Paula, V.H.M., Sister Marguerite Therese, V.H.M., and Sister Frances Therese, V.H.M., all of Frederick, and Jane Baker of Baltimore; a brother, Anthony Leary of La Mesa, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.

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