Francis Michael Sheeran, O.S.A.
Father Francis Michael Sheeran was born in
County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1840. He received his high school education in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and came to Villanova in 1857. In 1858, with
Father Thomas Cooke Middleton, he entered the Augustinian novitiate at
Tolentine, Italy, and was ordained to the priesthood in Rome, in 1863.
Father Sheeran returned to the United States in 1865 and was stationed,
first at Villanova, and then at Saint Augustine's in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. From 1886-1898, he was President of Villanova College, and
then Master of Novices and of professed students of his Order, and
afterwards was Prior of the Augustinian community and Pastor of Saint Thomas
of Villanova Church. Later he served at Saint Denis' in Ardmore,
Pennsylvania; at Saint Augustine's in Philadelphia; at Saint Nicholas' in
Atlantic City, New Jersey, and at Our Mother of Consolation in Chestnut
He died at Villanova on 19 January 1912, at the age of 72, and is buried in
the Augustinian Community Cemetery there.
Source: Necrology of the Augustinian Provinces of the
United States of America
(Revised, May 2000).