Daniel Edward Mary Casey, O.P.
Birth: September 25, 1912
Profession: August 16, 1932
Ordination: June 16, 1938
Died: January 3, 2000
Daniel Edward Casey was born in Chicago, IL to Robert and Eva (Healy) Casey. He attended St. Philip Neri Grammar School (1918-25) and Quigley Preparatory Seminary (1925-30) in Chicago. From 1930-31 he attended Providence College, Providence, RI. He entered the novitiate of the Province of St. Joseph at St. Rose, Springfield, KY in August 1931 receiving the religious name Edward. From 1932-35 he studied philosophy at the Dominican House of Studies, River Forest, IL. He began his theological studies at St. Joseph Priory, Somerset, OH (1935-36) and completed them at the Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC (1936-39). He was ordained to the priesthood there at St. Dominic Church by the Most Rev. John McNamara, Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore.
Fr. Casey spent the first eight years of his priesthood in parochial ministry. He served at St. Antoninus Parish, Newark, NJ (1939-42); Holy Rosary Parish, Hawthorne, NY (1942-43); St. Mary Parish, New Haven, CT (1943-45); and St. Dominic Parish, Detroit, MI (1945-46). From 1946-49 he served in the Province’s Chinese Mission. After the Communist takeover, he returned to the U.S.A., to St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, New York (1949-52). Afterwards, he joined the faculty at Providence College from 1952-56 and served also as its Dean of Men. He spent the next nine years (1956-64) in the Retreat Apostolate at Our Lady of Spring-bank, Kingstree, SC. His next assignments were as chaplain/teacher at the Dominican Mother-house, Oxford, MI (1964-70); prison chaplain, Department of Corrections, Washington, DC (1970-77); chaplain, Dominican Cloistered Nuns, Nairobi, Kenya (1978-79); hospital chaplain and teacher of nurses at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Hospital, Chicago, IL (1979-81); chaplain, Rosary Hill, Justice, IL (1981-93). From 1993-98 he was assigned to St. Dominic Parish, Detroit, MI.
Due to failing health Fr. Casey went to Lourdes Nursing Home, Waterford, MI, where he died peacefully. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Pius V Church, Chicago, and he was laid to rest in the Casey family plot at Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, IL. At his request the name “Mary” is inscribed on his tombstone as an integral part of his name.