Antony F. Sheahan, O.S.A.

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1874 – 1916 (September 1)

Francis Patrick Sheahan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Patrick Sheahan and Bridget Hogan, on September 18, 1874, and was baptized nine days later at St. Philip Neri Church, Philadelphia. He attended Saint Joseph Parochial School and the Spring Garden Institute, where he studied architectural drawing.

He applied to the Order as a lay brother, and was  vested at Villanova on December 13, 1913, with the name Brother Antony.

Three years later, on September 1, 1916, at the age of 42, he died in Philadelphia’s Saint Agnes’ Hospital of cancer. Father Tourscher noted in his diary for that day, “This day about 5 o’clock AM, died Brother Antony … Has been suffering with cancer two years about. A sincere, good man, eager to be a perfect religious, conscientious and very docile to spiritual guidance.”

Brother Antony is buried in the Community Cemetery at Villanova.