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All That Is Human / The Life of "Brother Leo" Meehan, 2016, 29 August 2018

 Item — Box: 5 Blue
Identifier: BAL LRC 5 Blue 1356


  • 2016
  • 29 August 2018


Language of Materials

English .

Biographical / Historical

Francis Mark Meehan (baptismal certificate), also known as Frank Joseph Meehan (passport), became Zachary Leo at Martinez, CA, on July 2, 1897 [p. 29].

While studying at Catholic University of America (1914-1915), Br. Leo resided at the Baltimore District's Novitiate, at Ammendale, MD, ten miles from CUA's campus, likely commuting by train from the station at the entrance to the Brothers' property. "Just what he did during his short stay at the Catholic University is a matter of dispute." However, Isetti states that he received a doctorate of humane letters. p. 67

Biographical / Historical

Brother Azarias [of the Cross] Mullaney, p. xiv Comparisons of Brother Leo Meehan (1881-1966) with Brother Azarias Mullaney (1847-1893), pp. 46-47


1 Volumes : Softcover, xxvi, 415 pages, illustrated with photographs on pages 193-200.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased by Brother Joseph Grabenstein, summer 2018.

Existence and Location of Originals

Is this item in the Connelly Library: ___NO_ [but located in same box with Isetti's The Gentle American: The Life and Times of Brother Charles Henry Buttimer, First American Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.]


Contents: 1. Bay Area boyhood, 1881-1899. -- 2. High school teacher and college professor, 1899-1928. -- 3. Brother Leo, the writer, 1920-1028. -- 4. European sabbatical and history of English literature, 1924-1928. -- 5. A love affair. -- 6. The new Saint Mary's College, 1928-1941. -- 7. The golden age: academics vs football, 1931-1934. -- 8. Lecturer, recitalist, and radio personality, 1933-1941. -- 9. Special privileges, growing disenchantment. -- 10. Brother Leo leaves the Christian Brothers, 1941-1946. -- 11. Life at Lake Sherwood, 1946-1966. -- 12. The death of "Brother Leo."


Dedication: To Brother Paul Figueroa, a remarkable human being. (vi) About the Author (p. ix) Acknowledgements (p. xi) An Essay on Sources (pp. xiii-xvii) Introduction (pp. xix-xxvi)

Materials Specific Details

Softcover, xxvi, 415 pages, illustrated with photographs on pages 193-200.

Repository Details

Part of the The De La Salle Christian Brothers Archives of the Baltimore District Repository

1900 West Olney Avenue (Box 831)
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19119- United States