Cornelius J. Scanlan

Cornelius J. Scanlan

The Rev. Cornelius Joseph Scanlan of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, 90, died on Jan. 7, 2020, in San Antonio.

He was born on Oct. 24, 1929, in Dallas to Helena (Miller) and Cornelius Scanlan.

Scanlan entered St. Peter’s Novitiate on May 23, 1952, in Mission and professed vows as a member of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate on May 31, 1953.

He completed studies in philosophy and theology in San Antonio. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 30, 1959, at St. Mary’s Church in San Antonio, by Archbishop Robert E. Lucey.

Scanlan was licensed in aircraft engine mechanics in 1951 from Dallas Aviation School and received a private pilot’s license in 1981. He was known to give airplane rides to Oblates before entering the novitiate.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts at De Mazenod Scholasticate in 1956. His first assignments led him to McAllen, Brownsville, Crystal City, McAllen, Dickinson, and San Juan, and to Denver, Colorado, with Marriage Encounter.

He ministered in San Angelo in the early 1980s where he was the first director at Christ the King Renewal Center.

He later served in the prison ministry in Big Spring. He was involved with the ACTS retreats as liaison for the Diocese of San Angelo before moving to San Antonio.

He was a member of the board of trustees of Oblate School of Theology in 1984. His assignments were extensive and included serving in Alaska.

He served as pastor of St. Mary Magdalene Church in Brackettville and also served Batesville and La Pryor before going to Oblate Madonna Residence in San Antonio in 2013.

Scanlan celebrated his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination in 2019.

He is survived by a brother, niece, nephew and several cousins.

He learned the German language in honor of his mother’s descent and kept in touch with his cousins in Germany, visiting them on occasion. 

Funeral services were held at Oblate Madonna Residence Chapel. A rosary was recited on Tuesday, and a mass of Christian burial took place yesterday at 10 a.m., with interment following at the Oblate cemetery in San Antonio.



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