Br. Dan O’Riordan, FMS, was elected the next provincial of the Marist Brothers USA Province. He has spent the last six years serving as assistant provincial and will assume his new role in April 2021. His predecessor is Br. Patrick McNamara, FMS, former president of Marist Chicago.
Br. Dan entered the Marist Brothers’ Novitiate in 1992 and took his perpetual vows in 1998. During his more than 29 years as a Brother, he has served as a teacher, coach, counselor, development director, and campus minister at numerous Marist schools around the U.S. He also served the USA Province as a vocation director.
He has coordinated more than 100 mission service trips, allowing many young people the opportunity to serve the least favored in communities around the world. He has led numerous pilgrimages and continues to be a featured speaker on youth retreats and youth gatherings where he encourages young people to find ways to answer God’s call and use their gifts and talents to respond to the many needs of our world.
Br. Dan grew up in Whitestone, NY, and was a member of St. Mel’s Parish. He also spent much of his youth living and playing sports in Ireland. His parents, Connie and Rita O’Riordan, were devout Catholics and passed on their faith to him as his first teachers in life. After graduating from Archbishop Malloy High School—a Marist school—in Briarwood, NY, he earned a bachelor’s degree from University College in Cork, Ireland, and a master’s degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Br. Dan is also a published author. His titles include Never too young to change the world: Inspiring true stories of young people and A Plan B Camino 2020: A Pilgrim's Prayer Journal for Future Spiritual Camino Seekers. Both are available on Amazon.
The community at Marist Chicago holds him in its prayers as he readies himself to guide the Marist mission across the U.S.