Father Hanrahan, former chancellor, dies at age 88

Father Hanrahan

Father Hanrahan

Father John W. “Jack” Hanrahan, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, died Nov. 4 at Nazareth Home. He was 88.

Father Hanrahan served as a teacher, the chancellor of the Archdiocese of Louisville and as a pastor during his 62 years as a priest.

He attended St. Meinrad Seminary and was ordained on March 26, 1955. Soon after, he served as a teacher at Trinity High School while serving as an assistant pastor at St. Barnabas Church.

In 1957, he enrolled at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and earned a canon law degree in 1959.

Afterward, he served as a religion teacher at Presentation Academy from 1959 to 1967 and served as secretary of the archdiocese from 1959 to 1967.

He was appointed chancellor in  1967, a position held until 1982. He also served in the Metropolitan Tribunal beginning in 1969. 

In 1982, Father Hanrahan was appointed pastor for Our Mother of Sorrows Church, where he served until he retired in 1999.

Father Hanrahan is survived by his sister, Sister of Charity of Nazareth Katharine Hanrahan, and his nieces.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at Our Mother of Sorrows, 747 Harrison Avenue. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Embry-Bosse Funeral Home, 2723 Preston Highway, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 and at Our Mother of Sorrows Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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