In Memoriam: Rev. Michael T. Cavanaugh, OSFS
Rev. Michael T. Cavanaugh, OSFS, 71, a professed Oblate of St. Francis de Sales for almost 40 years died on August 4, 2016 at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA.
“Fr. Cavanaugh was a man committed to hard work on behalf of the church.”
Fr. Cavanaugh, son of the late Frank and Helen Virginia Bradley Cavanaugh, was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1945. After graduating from Northeast Catholic High School, he attended then-Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales (DeSales University) in Center Valley, PA. He professed his first vows as an Oblate in 1966. Fr. Cavanaugh earned a master of arts degree in theology from DeSales School of Theology in Hyattsville, MD. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 15, 1976, at Our Lady of Ransom Church, Philadelphia, PA, by the Most Rev. Gerald V. McDevitt, auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia.
Following ordination, Fr. Cavanaugh taught religion at several high schools, including: Northeast Catholic High School, Philadelphia, PA; Bishop Ireton High School, Alexandria, VA; Father Judge High School, Philadelphia, PA; Paul VI High School, Fairfax, VA; and Salesianum School, Wilmington, DE. He was serving, since 2006, as a chaplain at the Veteran’s Hospital in Martinsburg, WV, at the time of his death.
“Fr. Cavanaugh was a man committed to hard work on behalf of the church,” Rev. James J. Greenfield, OSFS, Oblate provincial said. “From his ministry as a teacher and later as a chaplain, he was deliberate in making sure that his efforts were strong in serving those in his care. We Oblates admired Fr. Cavanaugh for his hard work.”
In addition to his Oblate religious community, Fr. Cavanaugh is survived by his brothers and their wives: Francis and Carlene; Dan and Cass; Paul and Mary Kay; and many nieces and nephews. His brother, Dennis, preceded him in death.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, August 10, at 11 AM, at the Oblates’ Our Lady of Light Chapel, 1120 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD 21921. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oblate Development Fund, 2200 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE, 19806.