Born in St. Louis Sept. 8, 1927, he was the son of Frank and Emily Brennan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Michael, Martin and Anthony, and his sister Alice. He is survived by his brother Dennis and his sisters Moira Brennan and Emily Maull.
Following his graduation from St. Louis University High School, he entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Mo., on Aug. 8, 1945. He spent the first part of his ministerial years in higher education, serving at Saint Louis University (1965-74) as English teacher and then dean of the graduate school; at Xavier University in Cincinnati (1974-82) as academic vice-president; and then in Honolulu as superior at the Newman Center (1982-86).The second part of his apostolic life was in pastoral work. He served at White House Retreat in St. Louis (1987-91), then as pastor at St. Mark Parish in Houston, Mo. (1991-96), and as pastor at St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church in Kennett, Mo. (1997-99).