Father Silas Rooney OFM
Father Silas Rooney OFM
Father Silas Rooney OFM Card
Father Silas Rooney OFMFather Silas Rooney OFM Card

Father Silas “Dan” Rooney was the brother of Pittsburgh Steelers owner, Art Rooney, Sr. He was an outstanding athlete, he was a catcher and his brother, Art was the manager of the Wheeling, West Virginia team, the “Wheeling Stogies,” a team in the old Middle Atlantic Baseball League. Both still hold records they set in the late 1920s. In 1921, Father Silas was offered a contract with the New York Yankees baseball club for $5000, a handsome salary at the time. He turned it down to enter the priesthood. A member of the Franciscan order, he was ordained at St. Bonaventure Universityin Olean, NY where he was the former athletic director. He spent seven years as a missionary in China until the Communist takeover. He also served as a chaplain in the European theater during World War II. He died January 9, 1981.

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