In Splendoribus Sanctorum
In the 11th of June 2016 at Jamaica, NY,
Fr. Daniel Free, C.P.
has returned to the house of the Lord at the age of 92.
Fr. Daniel was born in the 10th of December 1924 at Jersey City, NJ .
He professed his religious Passionist vows in the 15th of August 1946 at Pittsburg, PA,
and was ordained priest in the 28th of February 1952 at Union City, NJ..
May the Lord count him among the community of the saints!
Obituary for Father Daniel Free, C.P.
Father Daniel Free, a Passionist priest, died at Immaculate Conception Monastery, Jamaica, NY on June 11th, 2016. He was 92, born on December 10th, 1924. Son of the late Henry Free and the late Frances Stahlin Free, brother to the late Henry Free, C.P. and the late Conran Free, C.P., uncle of Conran Arahill of Avenel NJ and Patricia Furia of Bloomfield, NJ.
A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Father Daniel attended Saint Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, NJ from 1940-1942 and graduated from Holy Cross Prep Seminary, Dunkirk, NY in 1945. He entered the Passionist novitiate in 1945 and professed vows at Saint Paul of the Cross Monastery, Pittsburgh, PA in 1946. After completing studies in philosophy and theology at various Passionist monasteries, Father Free was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop James McNulty at Saint Michael Monastery, NJ on February 28th, 1952.
After a year of study in preaching Father Daniel conducted parish missions and retreats while living at Immaculate Conception Monastery, Jamaica, NY from 1954-1955. He served as parochial vicar and pastor of Saint Joseph Parish, Baltimore, Maryland from 1955-1971 and from 1974-1976. In between, he was Vicar at Saint Gabriel Monastery, Brighton, MA from 1971-1974.
Father Daniel returned to Baltimore MD in 1984. From 1984-2000, he was Director of Pastoral Care and Hospital Chaplain at Saint Agnes Hospital and Health Care Center, Baltimore MD. In 2000, Father Daniel moved to Holy Family Monastery, West Hartford, CT and resumed part time hospital and parish ministry until he moved to Immaculate Conception Monastery, Jamaica NY in 2009. Father Free was a resident of the monastery until he went home to God.
The Funeral for Father Daniel Free, C.P. will be at Immaculate Conception Monastery, 86-45 Edgerton Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11432. The vigil will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, June 15th, at Immaculate Conception Choir Room. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 16th, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Choir at 11am. Burial will follow Thursday afternoon at Saint Ann’s Monastery Cemetery, Scranton, PA. Donations in memory of Father Daniel may be sent to the Passionist Missionaries, 111 South Ridge St, Ste 302, Rye Brook, NY 10573.