|Birth: ||May 1, 1929|
|Death: ||Apr. 22, 1994|
Callery Fandal was born in New Orleans, May 1, 1929, one of three children. The following year his parents moved to Houston, Texas, and there he attended Holy Rosary Grammar School and St. Thomas High School. He then went to Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, for two years. He entered the Dominican Novitiate at River Forest, Illinois, on June 24, 1957, receiving the religious name of Damian. In 1958, he professed his vows and made his philosophical studies, moving to St. Rose Priory, Dubuque, for theology. At St. Rose Priory he was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1954. A year later he obtained the lectorate in Sacred Theology and went to the Angelicum University of Rome, where in 1957, he earned a doctorate in the same matter.
Returning to the U.S., Father Damian was made Assistant Director of Vocations for the Central Dominican Province, preaching many retreats to students. In August of 1958 he was sent to Dallas, the first Dominican priest to be assigned to that region of Texas. At the University of Dallas, then only two years old, he was an instructor in Theology for three years. In 1964, he became Academic Dean of the University and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Theology the following year.
The Provincial of the Central Province called Father Fandal to Chicago in 1967, to serve as Director of Education for the Province and early in 1969, he was appointed Vicar Provincial. In the summer of that year, the newly-elected Provincial, Clement Collins, assigned him again to the University of Dallas where he was Dean of the Graduate School and then was first director of the University's Rome program. In 1972, he again became Academic Dean of the University and in March its Acting President. However, in June of 1977, he was elected Provincial of the Central Province and so resigned from the University and moved to Chicago. He served two terms as Provincial, 1977 to 1985, then was assigned to Miami at Barry University as chairman of the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy. He returned to the University of Dallas as Academic Dean between 1988 and 1990, and then moved to St. Dominic Parish in New Orleans where he was an associate pastor until the time of his death.
He was a great encourager and helper in the formation of the Southern Dominican Province and when the Province was officially set up in the fall of 1979, he was the first to join, though he had to finish his terms as Provincial of the Central Province before he was actually assigned to the Southern Province.
Since the fall of 1973, he was a regular speaker on the American Religious Town Hall Meeting, a weekly TV show which aired nationwide and featured leaders from many religious denominations.
Father Fandal was the author of the book, "The Essence of the Eucharistic Sacrifice", and was co-author of two series of textbooks for the teaching of Catholic doctrine, one for high school and one for college.
In 1993 he was diagnosed as having leukemia. He continued his regular parish duties and speaking engagements for a time, then was hospitalized. He died on April 22, 1994, fortified by the Sacraments.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Dominic's Church, New Orleans, with retired Archbishop of New Orleans, Philip Hannan, as chief celebrant and assisted by other Bishops, priests, Dominican Brothers and Sisters and many, many friends. He was buried in the Dominican Cemetery at Rosaryville, Louisiana.
Dominican Friars Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 16, 2011
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This message is for my Uncle Callery, whom I loved and miss very much. He was a big part of my life in my childhood and he married me as well as many of my siblings and baptized all my children. My nephew Cal who was named after him will be ordained in ju...(Read more)|
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"O wonderful hope which you gave to those who wept for you at the hour of your death, promising after your departure to be helpful to your brethren. Fulfill, Father, what you have said and help us by your prayers. You who shone by so many miracles worked ...(Read more)|
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