Father Blaney’s priesthood devoted to helping those with special needs

ROLLING PRAIRIE | Caring, compassionate, determined, visionary and fun-loving are just a few words people use when describing Father Dennis Blaney.

        When asked to describe himself, Father Blaney responded, “I’ve always been quiet.” Faint snickers could be heard as a boyish, mischievous smile came across the 88-year-old’s face.

        Known by many as Dennis the Menace, Father Blaney has touched many lives throughout his life as a priest. He especially has connected with those shunned by society.

        Looking out the window of the new John Largura Family Senior Center, Father Blaney points to an open field where nine homes will be placed for senior housing on Sharing Meadow’s 185-acre property.

        Sharing Meadows, which opened 1994, is the brainchild of Father Blaney, allowing other-abled adult residents to recognize and fully develop their God-given talents.


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