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Rev. William H. DONAHUE

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Rev. William H. DONAHUE Obituary
DONAHUE, C.S.C., Rev. William H.

Aug. 22, 1922 - Sept. 30, 2013 NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Rev. William Henry Donahue, C.S.C., 91, died Monday (Sept. 30, 2013) at Holy Cross House, the medical facility for the Congregation of Holy Cross, U.S. Province in Notre Dame, Ind. Fr. Donahue was born on Aug. 22, 1922, in Philadelphia to John and Mary (Drum) Donahue. He was the oldest of seven children. He was received into the Congregation on August 15, 1942, professing his First Vows on Aug. 16, 1943. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1945 with a bachelor's in philosophy and made his Final Vows on June 9, 1947, and was ordained on June 7, 1949, at the National Shine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. He later earned a master's and Ph.D. in biology from the Catholic University of America. Fr. Donahue was on the faculty in the Biology Department at King's College (a Holy Cross college in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., established in 1946) from 1953 to 1974. He served in a number of roles at King's from chairman of the Biology Department to counselor in student residence halls. Fr. Donahue was involved in research over the summers supported by the National Science Foundation and had a faculty fellowship at the University of Texas (Austin) and at its Marine Institute from 1971-1972, and 1973. From 1974-1989, Fr. Donahue was rector of St. Mary's Cathedral in Austin and led the historic restoration of the Cathedral. From 1976-1986, he served on the Marriage Tribunal for the Diocese of Austin, as well as a diocesan consultor; for the Cathedral, he ran the marriage prep programs. Fr. Donahue also organized the Catholic Chaplaincy program for Brackenridge Hospital. In 1989, Fr. Donahue began his service at Pastor of Holy Family Parish in Copperas Cove, Texas, where he celebrated his 80th birthday before leaving in 2002. In 2002, Fr. Donahue moved to Christopher Lodge, a Holy Cross retirement community in Cocoa Beach, Fla., and assisted at two local parishes. He moved to Holy Cross House, Notre Dame, Ind., in 2007. Fr. Donahue also served in various positions within the Congregation of Holy Cross. From 1977-1982, he was on the Board of Trustees for St. Edward's University (a Holy Cross school founded in 1878). He served several terms on the Provincial Councils of the former Southern Province, including one term as an assistant provincial. Fr. Donahue is survived by his two sisters Margaret DeLisle (Florida) and Dorothy Creighton (Pennsylvania). His parents and other four siblings are deceased. The Wake service will be Wednesday (Oct. 2, 2013) at Moreau Seminary, on the campus of Notre Dame and the Funeral Mass will be Thursday (Oct. 3, 2013) at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Kaniewski Funeral Home (South Bend, Ind.) is handling the funeral arrangements. Memorial contributions in support of the mission and ministries of the Congregation of Holy Cross can be made to: United States Province of Priests and Brothers, Office of Development, P.O. Box 765, Notre Dame, IN 46556-0765 or online at
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2013
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