Fr. Daniel Jones, who passed away on the Feast of Pentecost, May 23, 2021, will be remembered as an exceptional formator of seminarians and a man of great humility and kindness, even under difficult circumstances.
Fr. Jones most notably served on the faculty of Sacred Heart Major Seminary from 2003 until his passing as a full-time associate professor, where he taught and formed priests and lay ministers for the Archdiocese of Detroit.
“The goodness of very many parish priests is due in no small part to the ministry of Fr. Dan Jones at Sacred Heart Major Seminary,” Fr. Charlie Fox, a fellow Sacred Heart faculty member, told Detroit Catholic. “His ministry was not especially visible, but by forming an entire generation of priests, his love for the Lord and wisdom concerning the things of God has spread far and wide.”
Daniel Jones was born in 1953 in Detroit to Donald and Joan Jones, one of six children. After graduating from Detroit Catholic Central High School, he went on to earn a Bachelor’s from the University of Michigan in 1975 and lived as a member of the lay brotherhood, The Servants of the Word, for 17 years.
He later earned a Master’s in English and Master’s in Education from Eastern Michigan University. Fr. Jones read or understood seven languages, including Greek and German.
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