Msgr. James Keane
January 11th, 2016
Msgr. James Keane, retired pastor of Our Lady of Loretto Parish in Novato, died Jan. 3. He was 95 years old and a priest for 70 years.
Msgr. Keane held a graduate degree in education from The Catholic University of America and served in school assignments at Marin Catholic High School, and as assistant director and later director of St. Vincent School for Boys in San Rafael for 16 years. It was during this time that he was named a Prelate of Honor with the title of monsignor.
In 1975, Msgr. Keane was named pastor of Our Lady of Loretto. A parishioner soon wrote to then-Archbishop John R. Quinn, praising Msgr. Keane for his leadership: “Msgr. Keane has a unique talent for bringing out the best. His calm, firm leadership provides the environment that brings abundant fruit to the good vines you place in this field.”
Msgr. Keane retired Jan. 1, 1996, after serving 21 years at Our Lady of Loretto and lived at Serra Clergy House in San Mateo before moving to Nazareth House in San Rafael in 2014.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 11 at Our Lady of Loretto Church. Remembrances may be made to the Priests’ Retirement Fund, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco 94109.
From January 14, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.