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20 April 2024

DEATH OF FATHER ALOYSIUS DEENEY, OCD

Father Aloysius Deeney, OCD (Geoge Joseph Deeney), died, as a result of cancer, in Indonesia, on 14 March 2024, at the age of 75.

Father Aloysius was born in 1948 in Pennsylvania and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on 18 May 1974.  He began his initial formation with the Discalced Carmelites of the Washington Province and made his First Profession on I May 1984 in our Oklahoma Province.  In 1990 he was elected Provincial in Oklahoma and served as Provincial for six years, before being postulated for a third triennium.  After just a year and a half of that triennium, however, he was moved to Rome.  As Provincial he supported Hispanic vocations and introduced bilingual liturgy to the Province.

In 1998, he was nominated as the General Delegate for the OCDS. He was prominent in the preparation of the new Constitutions for the OCDS and wrote a book entitled “Welcome to the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites” (ICS Publications).  When his role in office concluded he went to Indonesia and played a major part in establishing the OCDS in Indonesia. RIP.