Fr. Daniel Durken, OSB: RIP

Fr. Daniel Durken OSB, former director of Liturgical Press, longtime theology teacher at Saint John’s University, preacher known for his incisive wit, passed away at 6:42 pm this evening. He was 85 years old.

Daniel (Donald) Durken was born a twin (brother Dean) on Jan. 11, 1929 in Pemberton, MN.  He made profession on July 11, 1950 and was ordained on 19 May 1956.

The reception of the body and wake with evening prayer will be on April 2, Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 3:30 pm on Thursday, April 3, in the Abbey Church, with burial to follow in the Abbey Cemetery.

May he rest in peace.


  1. Fr. Dan was a friend and mentor to me when I was a young Johnnie studying theology. Where can I find information regarding his funeral Mass and burial?

  2. God Bless Fr. Dan Durken. Oh, how he will never know how he impacted my life. I spent one semester in his class on the Gospel of Luke. It deepened my faith, challenged me, and made me think differently. I laughed a lot, and was so engaged. He was a true gift.

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