|Birth: ||Feb. 18, 1915|
|Death: ||Jan. 9, 1995|
Rev. Fr. Barnabas Mary Ahern, C.P., S.T.L., S.S.B., S.S.L., S.S.D.
Scripture Scholar & Educator.
He pronounced, Ahern, as AY-hurn.
James Joseph Ahern, Jr. was born to James Joseph Ahern, Sr. & Kathleen Frances (Barry) Ahern; received his elementary education, from 1921 to 1928, in the Chicago Catholic school system. A Passionist parish mission he attended made him want to be a Passionist priest, so he received his high school education, in the Passionist Preparatory Seminary, at Normandy (St. Louis), Missouri, from 1938 to 1932, entering the Passionist novitiate, at Louisville, Kentucky, in 1932, and professing his simple, temporary vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and to promote devotion to the Passion of Jesus Christ - a special Passionist vow - there, on July 30, 1933. as Barnabas Mary, C.P., becoming a member of the Order, at 18. He studied philosophy, and theology, in Passionist houses of study, and having completed all of the requirements, for priestly ordination, was ordained as a Roman Catholic Priest, on June 7, 1941, at 26. Briefly, now:
1941-1943: Catholic Univ. of America - licence in Sacred Theology (STL); 1947: studied Sacred Scripture at L'Ecole Biblique (Dominicans), in Jerusalem; scored 100% on his baccalaureate exam before the Biblical Commission, in Rome, Italy (only person to have done so) - received his Bachelor of Sacred Scripture degree (SSB); in 1948, he received his licence in Sacred Scripture (SSL) there; in 1958, he was granted his Doctor of Sacred Scripture degree (SSD), by the Pontifical Biblical Institute, in Rome, completing his education, at 43.
1945- 1962: Professor of Sacred Scripture, in Passionist houses of study, at Chicago, then Louisville.
1962-1965: Peritus (non-voting, participating expert), during Vatican Council II, serving on the Thrological Commission of the Secretariat for Christian Unity, and wrote interventions, for Albert Cardinal Meyer, of Chicago; between Council sessions, he lectured, in the U.S., England, Ireland, Canada, and Africa, promoting the Council's message that Catholics should study, and pray, the Bible, until he was exhausted; co-founder of, "The Bible Today," a popular Catholic Scripture journal; 1966-1995: he was President of the American Catholic Biblical Association; 1966-1968: Professor of Sacred Scripture, at St. Meinrad's Seminary, in Indiana; 1968-1969: Professor of Sacred Scripture, at the Catholic Theological Union, in Chicago, which was co-founded by the Passionists; 1968-1970: Passionist Chapter of Renewal - advocated change in religious life, without loss of tradition; 1969-1983: At Rome - served on the International Theological Commission (ITC); Consultor to the ITC; member Pontifical Biblical Commission & Pontifical Vulgate Commission; Consultor to the Congregation of Saints; one of two representatives, of the U.S. Bishops Conference, at the Synod on the Priesthood; original member, and only Scripture scholar, of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue; 1983-1987: resided at St. Mary's House of Prayer, a Passionist comtemplative community, at Bedford, Pennsylvania; 1987-1989: Professor of Sacred Scripture, in Nairobi, Kenya, at 72-75 years of age.
1964: Cardinal Spellman Award, from the Catholic Theological Society of America, for theological achievement; 1981: Order of St. Augustine of Canterbury, from the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, approved by the Queen of England, for his service on the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue.
Fr. Barnabas was an enthusiastic, even excited, student, and lover, of the Holy Bible, who was able to communicate that, to anyone he taught — the Bible came alive, in his classes, and other lectures. He very much wanted everyone, to enjoy, and benefit from, reading, and praying, the Bible, like he did. He was a popularizer, of the Bible, who got people, who had never picked one up, to buy a good Catholic Bible, e.g., the New American Bible, sponsored by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, that he had helped translate, and start applying its teachings, to their daily lives — the most unlikely people became lovers, and students, of the Holy Bible, like he was. "No individial, perhaps, did more, to promote Biblical scholarship, among the American hierarchy, at Vatican II, than Father Barnabas Ahern." — Fr. Vincent Yzermans, Vatican II journalist.
In 1989, battling Alzheimer's disease, Fr. Ahern returned to the United states, entering the Passionist nursing home - Daneo Hall - in Chicago. He died there, on January 9, 1995, at 80. His parents, and his sister, Katherine (Ahern) Kelly, preceded him in death. May he rest in peace.
James Joseph Ahern (1867 - 1949)
Kathleen Frances Ahern (1876 - 1951)
All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum
Plot: Section 34: Block 1: Grave 16
Created by: Frank Dick III
Record added: Jun 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92274263