Prayers requested for Brother Mark McVann, FSC, R.I.P.

Dear Saint Mary’s Community Members,  

It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that I inform you that Brother Mark McVann, FSC, passed away yesterday at John Muir Hospital. He suffered briefly from complications related to minor heart surgery. His nurse was with him and comforted him as she held his hand in his final moments. Brother Charles Hilken, FSC, and Hospital Chaplain Greg Colley said prayers at his bedside after he passed. Brother Mark’s sister and brother were able to join via video conference. 

Brother Mark, of the Midwest District of the Brothers, taught in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at Saint Mary’s College for the past twenty years. He will be remembered fondly by generations of students for whom he gave himself tirelessly as a passionate teacher of the Bible. Brother Mark was a terrific colleague to many of us and a good friend and advisor to me. He represented the best of Saint Mary’s and he will be greatly missed. 

Brother Mark’s remains will be sent to his home district, according to his wishes, for burial in Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville, Illinois. A memorial service will be held at the College in the fall.

Please remember Brother Mark and his family in your prayers. 


James A. Donahue