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Longtime local Catholic priest dies at 78

The Rev. Monsignor Edmond M. Renehan founded St. Clare in Canyon Country

Posted: May 30, 2012 4:33 p.m.
Updated: May 30, 2012 4:33 p.m.

The Rev. Monsignor Edmond M. Renehan, who served Santa Clarita Valley Catholic churches for 25 years and founded St. Clare in Canyon Country, has died of cancer. He was 78.

Renehan died Sunday in his Canyon Country home. He was diagnosed with bladder cancer in February, said longtime friend Paul Travers.

"He was surrounded by his extended family and lifelong friends when he passed," Travers said.

Renehan, a Catholic priest, was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland, Sept. 30, 1934, and ordained a Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1958.

"He was totally devoted to his vocation as a priest," Travers said.

Known by parishioners as "Father Ed," Renehan was assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Newhall in 1973 and became founding priest of Saint Clare Catholic Church in Canyon Country in 1977. He served at St. Clare until his 2008 retirement, Travers said.

After retirement, Renehan was chairman of the Archdiocese Council and dean of priests for the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.

Renehan is survived by brothers Jim and Tom, sisters-in-law Kathleen and Margaret, and many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

A private burial was held for Renehan at Eternal Valley Memorial Park on Wednesday.

A rosary is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Saint Clare Catholic Church.

Travers is a former business manager at Saint Clare Catholic Church.





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