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Diocese of Rockville Centre


Reverend William F. Shean who had been a priest for 31 years died at Christa House in West Babylon on February 17, 2005. He was 64 years old and had been battling cancer.

William Francis Shean was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on
December 23, 1940 to the late William Francis and Rosemary Kennedy Shean. He attended Scranton Preparatory School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Scranton University in 1962 and a Master of Arts in English from Fordham University in 1969. He also received a Masters of Divinity from Woodstock College.

He was ordained at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, Maryland for the Society of Jesus, Maryland Province by Lawrence Cardinal Sheehan on
June 9, 1973.

Father Shean served in various ministries in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania before moving to Long Island. He served as the Assistant Retreat Director of St. Ignatius Retreat House in Manhasset from 1983 to 1986.

After leaving the Jesuits for diocesan Priesthood, Father Shean was assigned in 1996 as an Associate Pastor at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Centereach. In 2004 he was transferred to Our Lady of the Lourdes Parish in West Islip where he also served as an Associate Pastor.

A wake for Father Shean will be held on Sunday, February 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Chapey and Sons Funeral Home in West Islip.

Father Michael Vetrano will be the principal celebrant at a Vigil Mass for Father Shean to be celebrated on Sunday, February 20 at 8:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in West Islip. Monsignor Joseph Curley will be the homilist.

Bishop William Murphy will preside at the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 21 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Father Michael Vetrano will deliver the homily.

Burial will be at St. Catherine Cemetery in Moscow, Pennsylvania.

Father Shean is survived by his sisters, Kathleen Shean and Rosemary McGuigan.