Lasance, Francis Xavier

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Writer of Catholic devotional works; b. Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 24, 1860; d. there, Dec. 11, 1946. After education at Xavier College, Cincinnati, and St. Meinrad Abbey, Ind., he was ordained May 24, 1883, by Abp. William Henry elder of Cincinnati. During the next seven years Lasance served as curate and pastor at Kenton, Reading, Dayton, Lebanon, and Monroeall in the Cincinnati Archdiocese. Poor health forced him to give up parish work in 1890; from then until his death he lived a retired, semi-invalid existence, writing numerous devotional works on the Mass and the Eucharist; editing and compiling several missals; and publishing numerous spiritual books, especially for religious and children. He was the author of about 30 works, including Thoughts on the Religious Life (1907), My Prayer Book (1913), Reflections for Religious (1920), Our Lady Book (1924), and New Missal for Every Day (1932).

[j. q. feller]