Daniel J. Leonard, O.S.A.

1859 – 1941 (July 25)

Daniel J. Leonard, son of John Leonard and Helen Walsh, was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1859. He entered the novitiate at Villanova, Pennsylvania in 1880, and was ordained to the priesthood in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1885 by Archbishop Patrick Ryan. His brothers John and James were members of the Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova.

Father Leonard served as an assistant at Atlantic City, New Jersey, Schaghticoke, New York, and at Lawrence, Massachusetts. In 1901, he was appointed rector and pastor at Cambridge, New York, a position he held until 1918. He was then named prior at Saint Mary’s in Lawrence, and later served as prior at the Villanova Monastery, Saint Mary’s in Waterford, New York, and at Saint Patrick’s in Cambridge.

Father Leonard was 82 when he died at Saint Mary’s in Lawrence after a long illness. He is buried in Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Lawrence.