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Ronald G. "Br." Whelan C.S.C.


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Ronald G. "Br." Whelan C.S.C. Obituary
Whelan, Ronald G.
Br. Ronald G. Whelan, C.S.C., 83, died at Holy Cross House, Notre Dame, Ind. on Monday, July 4, 2016. He was born on October 17, 1932 in Ottawa, Canada to Henry and Theresa Whelan. When he was two years old the family moved to Detroit, MI and he later attended Visitation grade school and Catholic Central High, both in Detroit. Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Fr. Jerry Whelan, C.S.C., he entered the candidate program at Holy Cross Seminary, Notre Dame, in Sept. 1950. In August 1951, Br. Ron entered Sacred Heart Novitiate and made his first vows the next year. After working briefly in the Notre Dame Bookstore, Br. Ron moved to the Provincial house in 1953 to work on the maintenance staff. In 1956 he moved to Notre Dame High School in Niles, IL, after which he assisting at Corby Hall then Holy Cross Seminary, in Notre Dame, IN, as Dean of Students and Bookstore manager. He then returned to NDHS for two more years, during which time he began a course of studies at Loyola University in Chicago. He transferred to Notre Dame and earned a degree in sociology in 1972. Drawing upon his pioneer experience at Notre Dame High, he went with the first group of Holy Cross men to open Casa Santa Cruz in Phoenix, then worked in the social service office of NICU at St. Joseph Hospital. He left 17 years later to begin working at Andre House of Hospitality. Br. Ron did graduate work in social care and was named "Employee of the Year" by St. Joe Hospital. After assisting at Andre House and St. Joseph the Worker House in Phoenix for four years, he spent a sabbatical year at the Jesuit School of Applied Theology in Berkeley, CA and lived at the Virginia Street House. In 1993 he began a five-year tenure as Director of the Andre House in Oakland, CA and resided at St. Clement's in Hayward in 1998-99, while serving as Campus Minister at California State University. From 1999 to 2005, Br. Ron worked at St. Vincent DePaul Downtown Chapel in Portland, OR, where he was named "Brother of the Year" by the National Association of Brothers. From 2005 to 2006, Br. Ron entered the JSTB Sabbatical Program in Berkeley, CA, then resided at Andre House, Casa Santa Cruz in Phoenix, AZ. Br. Ron moved to Holy Cross House in 2015. Preceding him in death are his parents Henry and Theresa Whelan, and brothers Donald Whelan and Fr. Gerald Whalen, C.S.C. Surviving are brothers Francis "Duke" Whelan and Fr. Edgar Whelan; sister-in-law Deaconess Jan Whelan, as well as many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday (July 10, 2016) at Moreau Seminary, where there will be a Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday (July 11, 2016) at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame. Burial will be in the community cemetery at Notre Dame. Kaniewski Funeral Home, South Bend, is in charge of the arrangements
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 10, 2016
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