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Father Conan E. Feigh, O.S.B.

Father Conan E. Feigh, O.S.B. Friday, June 4, 2010

 Father Conan E. Feigh, O.S.B., a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey, died Friday, June 4, 2010. He was born June 12, 1930 in Carrolltown, Pennsylvania. He was a son of the late Margaret (Lonergan) Feigh and the late Charles A. Feigh.

Surviving are one brother and two sisters, Thomas Feigh of St. Marys, Cecilia (Feigh) Knapp of Dover, Delaware, and Suzanne (Feigh) Cronan of Carrolltown. He was predeceased by a sister, Marjorie (Feigh) Mikula.

Father Conan attended Saint Benedict Parochial School, Carrolltown, and is a 1948 graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School. He received a bachelor of arts degree in 1953 from Saint Vincent College and a master of education degree in 1969 from Penn State University. He received a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 1974.

Father Conan made his simple profession of vows on July 2, 1951, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1954, at Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica. He was ordained a priest on May 26, 1957 by the late Bishop Hugh Lamb, D.D., at the Archabbey Basilica.

He served the monastic community in the parish apostolates, at Saint Bruno, South Greensburg (1957-1960); Sacred Heart, St. Marys (1960-1964) and at Sacred Heart, Jeannette (1964-1965). While at St. Marys, he also served on the faculty of Elk County Christian High School. Father Conan worked in Guidance/Placement at Saint Vincent College (1965-1970), was registrar at the college from 1971-1977; and prior and headmaster at Benedictine Priory and School, Savannah, Georgia (1977-1987). He also served on the Archabbey Council of Seniors (1966-1977) and the Board of Directors of Saint Vincent College (1970-1975, 1988-1995, 2000-2010). He was a campus minister at Penn State University, University Park, from 1987 to 2002, when he was named director of the Monastery Infirmary.

Father Conan was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Savannah Council 5588. In 1990 he was awarded the Benedictine Medal of Excellence from Benedictine Military School, Savannah.

The body of Father Conan will be received at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, at the Elizabeth J. Roderick Center at Saint Vincent, followed by viewing from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The body will be transferred to the Basilica for the vigil service at 7:15 p.m. Sunday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2010 by Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., in the Archabbey Basilica, followed by interment in the Saint Vincent Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650.

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