Brother Daniel Conway, O.S.F.

rother Daniel (James Francis Conway), son of John and Bridget Conway, was born on May 2, 1900, Ennistymon, County Clare, Ireland. He received his early education in the National Schools at Cahersherkin and Ballyea and on September 15, 1914 entered the Franciscan Brothers at St. Francis Monastery, Brooklyn. He received the habit on August 2, 1915 and pronouned his first vows for three years on August 2, 1916. Upon their expiration on August 2, 1919, he renewed them for two additional years and on August 2, 1921 made his final profession. Brother Daniel began what was to be an outstanding teaching career in September 1915 while still a novice. During the next thirty-eight years he earned the enviable reputation of being a dedicated religious, a firm but strict disciplinarian, and a most competent teacher. His tour of service found him teaching the upper grade boys of the following schools: Sacred Heart, Ade1phi Street; St. Anthony, Greenpoint; St. Patrick, Kent Avenue; St. Mary Star-of-the-Sea, Red Hook; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Bedford-Stuyvesant; Our Lady of Lourdes, East New York; and the juniors and seniors of St. Leonard's Academy, Breevort Place. Blessed with robust health during his early years as a brother, Brother Daniel gave evidence of being a fine athlete and distinguished himself as a boxer, handball and baseball player. However, in September 1953, his health started to fail and he was forced to take kindly of the counsel of his Superior. Reluctantly, but obediently, he surrendered with characteristic grace the energies and endeavors of youth and assumed the position of porter at the Butler Street Monastery. While serving in this capacity, Brother Daniel also taught religion to the high school boys in the C.C.D. Program of St. Aloysius Parish, Great Neck, Long Island, on a one afternoon a week basis. Subsequently, in September 1964, Brother Daniel was assigned as an assistant to the librarian of St. Francis College. He held this position up until the time of his death on Sunday, March 9, 1969. Death came to Brother Daniel quietly and peacefully while he was in his room in the Faculty House preparing to attend the Community Mass. In dedicating one of his novels to a friend, a famous author inscribed the following words: "He was born with the gift of laughter, and a sense that the world was angry." Well may this quote be used to characterize Brother Daniel. He was blessed with the gift of laughter and it served him well all his days and especially during the declining ones. Shortly before his death a confrere was heard to inquire about Brother Daniel's health. With customary wit, Brother Daniel replied: "As always, I'm stumbling on my way to God. Like everyone, I want to get to Heaven, but again, like most people, I don't want to die