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Queen of Peace Cemetery, Palm Beach Diocese

The Palm Beach Post, Wednesday, January 4, 1995


Monsignor Magner, 93 years old, of Palm Beach, Florida, died Friday, December 30, 1994 following an extended illness.  A native of Wilmington, Ill., he was born on October 23, 1901, the son of James Magner and Margaret Follen.  Monsignor Magner attended Wilmington Elementary and Public High Schools and later the Campion Academy and College conducted by the Jesuit Fathers at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.  In 1921 he entered as a member of the first class of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois.  He received his M.A. degree there and later was ordained to the Catholic Priesthood by Cardinal Mundelein on September 18, 1926.  Following two years of post-graduate study in Rome at the Urban College of the Propaganda Fidei and the Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, he received doctoral degrees in sacred theology and philosophy.  In 1929 he returned to Chicago where he taught English and Literature at the Quigley Preparatory Seminary.  he also served the parish churches of St. Dominic, St. Gertrude, and St. Lawrence for 11 years.  During this time he contributed as a departmental editor  of the Extension Magazine and the Catholic Historical Review.  In September 1940, Monsignor Magner was appointed to The Catholic University Press, until 1969.  A founder of the Institute of Ibero-American studies of The Catholic University of America in 1940, he served as an officer and lecturer until his retirement from the university in 1968.  In both Chicago and Washington, D.C., he founded and directed the Charles Carroll Forums, named in honor Charles Carroll of Carrollton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  In 1952, Monsignor Magner was awarded the title Knight Commander of the Order of Isabel la Catolica by the government of Spain.  On the recommendation of Cardinal Stritch of Chicago, he was named a Domestic Prelate of the Pope with title Rt. Rev. Monsignor by Pope Pius XII in 1975.  Monsignor Magner retired from active duty from the Catholic University of America and from the Archdiocese of Chicago at the end of 1968.  At that time he established residence in Palm Beach and for three years served as a visiting priest at St. Edward's Catholic Church, then  under the pastorate of Monsignor Jeremiah P. O'Mohony.  Upon Monsignor O'Mohony's retirement in 1973, he accepted the invitation of Monsignor John Delaney to assist as visiting priest at Sacred Heart Church in Lake Worth, Florida.  Following his retirement from the Catholic University of America, Monsignor Magner continued to serve that institution a member of the finance committee of its board of trustees.  He was active in various local activities, including the Palm Beach Opera, the Society of Four Arts, and Norton Art Gallery, the Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach, the Institute of New Dimensions for Adult Education, Il Circolo Italian Cultural Society, the Kiwanis Club of Palm Beach, and was a life member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.  In addition to his many accomplishments he was also a noted and respected author.

Survivors include five nieces, Mary Leider of West Palm Beach, Fla., Cecele McCarthy of Danville, Ill., Margaret Hughes of Phoenix, Ariz., Colette McNichols of Claredon Hills, Ill. and Mary Rohen of Indian Head, Ill.

Friends may call at Quattlebaum-Holleman-Burse Funeral Home, 1201 South Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, on Thursday, January 5, 1955 from 6 to 8 pm.  Monsignor Magner will lie in state at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 410 N. M Street on Friday, January 6, 1995 from 7 to 9 pm. with a Wake Service to be held at 7:30 pm.  The Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10 am. on Saturday, January 7, with interment to follow in the Queen of Peace Cemetery, Royal Palm Beach, Florida.  In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions to St. Vincent de Paul Seminary, 10701 S. Military Trail, Boynton Beach, FL 33436.

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