Services held for Father Donald Slaven
Father Donald Joseph Slaven, 73, died Sept. 16, at Holy Spirit Retirement Home in Sioux City.
Father Slaven was born Dec. 25, 1940, in Laurens, the son of Donald and Vila (Dwyer) Slaven. He attended Laurens Consolidated School, St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and Mount St. Bernard Seminary in Dubuque. He received an M.S.Ed. from Creighton University in Omaha, and a J.C.L. degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
He was ordained a Catholic priest on June 3, 1967, at the Cathedral of the Epiphany.
His assignments were St. Mary Parish and School, Remsen, from 1967 to 1976; Bishop Heelan High School, Sioux City, 1976 to 1979; pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Neptune, and Gehlen Catholic High School, Le Mars, 1979 to 1984; pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Dedham, 1984 to 1988; pastor of St. Columbkille Parish, Churdan (attending Grand Junction, Paton and Cedar), 1988 to 1992; chaplain of Sioux City nursing homes from 1993 to 1995; graduate studies in Washington, D.C. from 1995 to 1997; administrator of Sacred Heart Parish,
Ruthven (attending Ayrshire) from 1997 to 1998; pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Salix from 1998 to 2005; pastor, St. Mary, Dow City, St. Mary, Ute, St. Boniface, Charter Oak from 2005 to 2009. He was a judge in the Tribunal of the Diocese of Sioux City from 1992 until his retirement in 2009.
Upon his retirement from active priestly ministry, Father Slaven resided at Marian Hall. In 2010 he moved to Holy Spirit Retirement Home, where he maintained an active lifestyle, spending time with the many friends and parishioners he made over the years. He also concelebrated daily Mass at Holy Spirit and continued to minister to many of the residents there.
Survivors include his niece, Marjorie Baldwin of Larabee; his aunt, Vivian Slaven of Des Moines; and a special cousin, Betty VanHorsen of Laurens.
Father Slaven was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Donna Fraser; a brother, Charles Slaven; a nephew, Robert Fraser; a niece, Teresa Isbill; and a great-nephew, Thomas Baldwin.
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