Charles Thomas Shannon, O.P.
Birth: November 25, 1949
Profession: August 18, 1972
Ordination: May 18, 1977
Died: December 26, 1998
Charles Thomas Shannon was born in New York City the son of Patrick J. and Mary E. (Donohue) Shannon. He attended St. Brendan’s Elementary School, Bronx, NY (1954-1963), and Xavier High School, Manhattan, NY, graduating in 1967. In that year he entered Providence College attaining a BA in Social Science in 1971.
Charles became a novice in St. Joseph’s Province at St. Stephen Priory, Dover, MA in August 1971. Here he made his simple profession a year later. He did his theological studies at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. In this city he was ordained to the priesthood at St. Dominic Church by the Most Reverend Edward J. Herrmann, Bishop of Columbus, OH.
Fr. Shannon’s first assignment (1977-1979) was as an assistant pastor at St. Thomas Church, Zanesville, OH. He was then assigned to Holy Innocents Rectory, Pleasantville, NY from 1979-1981. While here he received a master’s degree in financial administration from Pace University. From 1981-1982 he was assigned to St. Vincent Ferrer Priory, NY where he served as assistant economic administrator of the Province. In 1982 he moved to St. Mary’s Priory, New Haven, CT where he taught business and finance courses at Albertus Magnus College. In 1989 he began a doctoral program in finance at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT while also teaching at the University. His studies were interrupted near the end of his degree program due to his deteriorating health. He continued until his death as economic administrator of the community at St. Mary Priory, New Haven, and as director of the Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague at that Church.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by his classmate, Fr. Kevin Robb and he was laid to rest in the Dominican plot at Calvary Cemetery, Queens, NY in the same grave as his beloved uncle, Fr. Dan Shannon, O.P.