Louis A. McMenamin, O.S.A.

1902 – 1967 (February 23)

Louis Augustine McMenamin, son of Patrick McMenamin and Hannah Kirlin, was born on October 6, 1902 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and attended Saint Mary’s Parochial School there, after which he spent two years at Saint John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, Mass. He completed his high school training at Saint Rita’s Hall, Villanova, and entered the novitiate there on June 25, 1921. He was simply professed on June 26, 1922, and solemnly professed on the same day in 1925. He pursued college studies at Villanova and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in June 1925. Louis did his theological studies in Washington, D.C., and was ordained to the priesthood in the Philadelphia Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul by Denis Cardinal Dougherty on June 2, 1928.

Father McMenamin was first assigned to Our Mother of Consolation Church in Chestnut Hill, PA. He then taught at our schools in Aurora and Rocford, Illinois, and finally in 1935 at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, PA. In September 1938, Father McMenamin was assigned to parochial ministry at Saint Augustine Parish, Lawrence, MA. It was here that he spent the next 24 years  of his ministry 

Father McMenamin retired in poor health to the monastery at Merrimack College in July 1962. He died in a Nursing Home in Lawrence on February 23, 1967 at the age of 64. A funeral Mass was celebrated in the Merrimack College Chapel, at which Fr. Paul Judson, O.S.A. preached, and after which Father McMenamin was buried in the Augustinian Plot in Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Lawrence, Mass.