FRONT ROYAL, Virginia | January 7, 2016 | Following is a statement from Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International, on the passing of Father Michael Scanlan, president emeritus of Franciscan University of Steubenville. Fr. Scanlan died early in the morning on January 7.
“We join the many around the world today mourning the passing of Fr. Michael Scanlan, president emeritus of Franciscan University of Steubenville. One of the giants of the New Evangelization, Fr. Mike is to be counted among the most consequential Catholics of our time. Known for his great joy, energy, and faithfulness, Fr. Mike inspired two generations to go out into the deep and live their lives for Christ. The pro-life and pro-family movements especially are grateful to God for the school that he helped to be reborn, a school which has given our movement thousands of champions. May our merciful Father in Heaven welcome him to eternal life, saying ‘Well done my good and faithful servant.'”