Redemptorist and San Francisco Native Father Anthony Slane Dies at 94

April 6, 2010

DENVER, CO, April 6, 2010...Rev. Anthony Slane, C.Ss.R., famed for his service to the deaf community throughout the western United States, died on Easter morning at the St. Clement Health Care Center in Liguori, MO. He was 94 years old.


Thursday, April 8 - St. Clement Health Care Center

3:00 pm Rosary

7:00 pm Vigil Service

Friday, April 9 - St. Clement Health Care Center

10:00 am Mass of the Resurrection

Burial in Liguori Cemetery

Luncheon at St. Clement's following the services

Father Anthony Slane, C.Ss.R. was born in San Francisco, CA on June 5, 1915. After a Catholic grade school education, he studied for six years at the Redemptorist minor seminaries in Oakland, CA and Kirkwood, MO. He then entered the Mt. St. Clement's novitiate in DeSoto, MO and professed his Redemptorist vows there on August 2, 1937.

After further studies at the Redemptorist major seminary in Oconomowoc, WI, Father Slane was ordained a priest on July 1, 1942. His first assignment after ordination was back in his home state of California as Student Prefect at Holy Redeemer in Oakland.

Fr. Slane spent much of his Redemptorist life serving in parishes throughout California (in Livermore, Fresno and San Leandro) as well as in Great Falls, MT; Portland, OR; Hoquiam, WA; and Seattle, WA. He was very involved with the deaf community throughout the west and particularly in Montana.

During the depression, Fr. Slane was a fixture at St. Anne's of the Sunset parish in San Francisco, CA. The Redemptorists have been conducting the novena there for the past 90-plus years. He and Father Jim Farrell were two of the great Redemptorist novena preachers.

Fr. Slane was also a great promoter of the Liguorian magazine.

Ill-health forced him in October 2002 to retire to St. Clement's Health Care Center.

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