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Record #: R2022-1153   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 11/16/2022 Current Controlling Legislative Body:
Final action: 11/16/2022
Title: Tribute to late Reverend Donald Senior
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M.
Attachments: 1. R2022-1153.pdf

WHEREAS, Reverend Donald Senior has been called to eternal life by the wisdom of God at the age of 82; and

WHEREAS, The Chicago City Council has been informed of his passing by Alderman Edward M. Burke; and

WHEREAS, Father Senior was the second of four children born from Vincent and Margaret (Tiernan) Senior, he was the beloved brother of Rita [Dudley] Shanks, the late Vincent Jr. (Alice) and the late Miriam Senior, he was the uncle of Pearce (Monica) Shanks, Beth (Scott) Cotter, Amy (Greg) Ingrassia, and Meg Senior, he was the Great uncle of Ben, Nate and Kristen Cotter, Amy and Jonathan Ingrassia, and Oscar S. Shanks, and

WHEREAS, Father Senior was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 1, 1940; and

WHEREAS, He entered the Congregation ofthe Passion in 1960 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1967; and

WHEREAS, After completing his doctorate in New Testament Studies from the University of Louvain in Belgium in 1972, he joined the faculty of Catholic Theological Union ("CTU"); and

WHEREAS, He served as President of CTU from 1987 to 1994 and 1997 to 2013, and was then named Chancellor; and

WHEREAS, A prolific writer, Father Senior wrote numerous books, articles and reviews for both scholarly and popular audiences; and

WHEREAS, He was General Editor of The Bible Today, co-editor ofthe twenty-two-volume commentary New Testament Message, General Editor of The Catholic Study Bible, and The Jerome Biblical Commentary for the Twenty-First Century; and

WHEREAS, As an educator, he always found great joy in leading tours into the lands ofthe Bible, especially Israel; and

WHEREAS, He served on numerous boards including the Catholic Biblical Association of America, the Association of Theological Schools ofthe United States and Canada, and the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago; and

WHEREAS, He was appointed a member ofthe Pontifical Biblical Commission by Pope Saint John Paul II in 2001, and reappointed for a second term by Pop...

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