Rev. Cassian Yuhaus, C.P., 90, a priest of the Passionist Community, a church historian and a noted pioneer of religious renewal, died Thursday at St. Luke's Villa Hospice, Wilkes-Barre, after a brief illness.
Born in Hazelton on July 12, 1922 son of the late Adam and Elizabeth Alasko Yuhaus, he was a graduate of Hazleton High School, class of 1940. He professed his vows as a Passionist religious Aug. 15, 1944, and was ordained a Passionist priest on Feb. 27, 1951. Father was awarded a doctorate in church history and the Papal gold medal for excellence from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1962. He engaged in additional studies in Munich, Montreal, New York, Boston and Paris.
Father Cassian was a professor of church history at various Passionist Monasteries in the Eastern United States from 1954 until 1968. A research scholar, noted international lecturer and innovator in Catholic Church Renewal, Father Yuhaus served in leadership positions in the Passionist Community, coordinated the Religious Life Program for the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate "CARA" in Washington, D.C., from 1975 until 1980 and was president of CARA in Washington from 1980 until 1984. In the years after the Second Vatican Council, Father Yuhaus became an international recognized consultant for many religious communities of Brothers, Sisters and Priests. He was national director for the Institute for Religious from 1968 until 1980; and was co-founder and director of the Institute for World Concerns at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh from 1984 until 1989.
A dynamic speaker and imagination scholar, Father Yuhaus wrote "Compelled to Speak," a history of the Passionist Community in the United States and a published book on the Religious life, church renewal and the American Culture with Paulist Press, as well as scores of research studies on religious life, seminary renewal and the missionary outreach of the church. He was also a scholar who championed the cause of the poor and victims of injustice as a member of the Amnesty International, World Futures Society, and Bread for the World and Pax Christi USA. He also served on various boards dedicated to assisting the poor and promoting justice, peace and global charity. During the past 10 years, he was particularly active in promoting the Passionist Ministry work of Father and Doctor Rick Frechette, C.P., among the poor of Haiti.
Father Yuhaus served as rector of St. Ann's Monastery and Basilica from 1998 until 2002 and resided there until his death.
Surviving are three sisters, Anna Tomsho, Manassas, Va.; Betty Tunnessen, Hazleton; and Bernadette Oslovich, Buffalo Grove, Ill.; one brother, John Leo Yuhaus, of Fort Smith, Ark.; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by five brothers, William, Edward, John, Joseph and Cyril Yuhaus; and two sisters, Marie Pridemore and Teresa Yuhaus.
The funeral will be Monday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Ann's Basilica to be celebrated by the Rev. Robert Joerger, and Homilist the Rev. Paul Zilonka. Interment, St. Ann's Monastery Cemetery.
Friends may pay their respects on Sunday in St. Ann's Basilica from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Ann's Monastery, 1233 St. Ann St., Scranton, PA 18504.
Arrangements by the Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home Inc.