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  • Title: Daniel J. O'Hanlon, S.J. Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 5600 OhaD
    Contributing Institution: California Jesuit Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 24.0 Linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1919-1992

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains correspondence and material related to courses taught by Daniel O'Hanlon at Alma College, Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and at Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. The bulk of the textual materials are included in topical files, listed alphabetically, in boxes 6-23. The topics reflect his wide-ranging activities in Eastern religions, ecumenism, prayer and meditation, retreats given, sabbaticals, the Spiritual Exrecises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, talks given, and many individual religious figures, among other things. The topical files are in original order with some additions. Also included are published and unpublished writing, boxes 37-40, and personal journals, 1949-1992. Additional materials include: photographs, slides, microfilm, sound recordings, and memorabilia.


    Daniel J. O'Hanlon, S.J. was a Catholic theologian and ecumenical leader, who attended the Second Vatican Council and at the time of his death was emeritus professor of Fundamental and Systematic Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Born in England in Wallsend-on-Tyne in 1919, he grew up in Fullerton, California; graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University in 1939; and then entered the Society of Jesus in the California Province. After completing his formation at the Sacred Heart Novitiate in Los Gatos and Philosophate at Mt. St. Michael's in Spokane, he studied at the Jesuit theologate in Milltown Park, Dublin Ireland where he was ordained in 1952. At the Gregorian University in Rome he completed his doctoral studies with the publication of his dissertation The Influence of Schelling on the Thought of Paul Tillich (1958). From 1959 to 1969 he was part of the faculty of the Jesuit theologate at Alma College in Los Gatos. In 1969 the theologate was reorganized as the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. At the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) in Rome he served as a theological consultant for the Bishop in Kingston, Jamaica, John McEleney, S.J. and after the death of Father Gustave Weigel was appointed as a staff member of the Vatican Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity at the third and fourth Council sessions. He was also a correspondent for America magazine. He collaborated with Hans Küng and Yves Congar on Council Speeches of Vatican II (1964). After Vatican II he studied Eastern religions, doing extensive research in Nepal, India, and Thailand.

    Access Terms

    Pontificia Università Gregoriana
    Tillich, Paul, 1886-1965
    Schelling, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von, 1775-1854
    Vatican Council (2nd: 1962-1965)
    Ecumenical movement
    Alma College, Los Gatos, Calif.
    Graduate Theological Union
    Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley
    Abhishiktananda Society
    Zen Buddhism
    Vipasyanā (Buddhism)
    Merton, Thomas, 1915-1968
    Catholic Theological Society of America
    North American Board for East-West Dialog