Rev. Daniel Creagan, S.J., to celebrate Golden Jubilee

Tue, 08/12/2008 (All day)

MOBILE – The Rev. Daniel Creagan, S.J., Spring Hill College’s first chair of the fine arts department, will celebrate 50 years as a Jesuit priest Aug. 30-31.

The choir from St. Ignatius Parish in Spring, Texas, where Creagan has served as pastor, will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at St. Joseph Chapel. The concert will be followed by a buffet dinner at 8:15 p.m. in the Louise Moorer Commons. Reservations are required, and the cost is $25 per person.

Creagan and the Spring Hill College Jesuit community will concelebrate a Jubilee Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 31 at St. Joseph Chapel. A brunch will immediately follow Mass in the Gautrelet Room, and all are invited to attend.

Creagan entered the Society of Jesus in 1945 and was ordained in France on July 31, 1958. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1952 from Spring Hill College and went on to earn a degree in theology in 1958 from Les Fontaines Seminaire Missionaire in Chantilly, France; and in 1963 he earned a master’s degree in art history from the University of Colorado.

Although Spring Hill had offered courses in art history, the college did not offer a degree program in fine art until 1961, when Creagan returned to Spring Hill and was named the first chair of the fine arts department. Serving in that capacity, he taught studio art, art history, music appreciation and guitar at Spring Hill until 1983.

After his departure from Spring Hill, Creagan’s work focused on parish life, including serving as pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Abbeville, S.C.; as pastor of Most Holy Name of Jesus Church in New Orleans; and as parochial vicar at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in Spring, Texas. He returned to Spring Hill College in 2006.