Fr. Anthony Bannon, LC, was born in the “Old Sod,” Dublin Ireland, on April 25, 1947. His Mom and Dad had six children: Fr. Anthony and his five sisters. One of his sisters, Patricia Bannon, is a Consecrated Woman of Regnum Christi currently serving in Chile. Fr. Anthony felt the Lord’s call to be a Missionary in Latin America and joined the Legionaries of Christ’s novitiate in his sunny-cloudy hometown of Dublin on September 14, 1964.  

Fr. Anthony made his first religious profession on September 15, 1966, and his perpetual profession on April 2, 1972. He was ordained a priest on December 24, 1975, by Cardinal Eduardo F. Pironio, then Pro-Prefect of the Congregation for Religious Life and Secular Institutes, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Rome, Italy. 

Fr. Anthony obtained a MA (Licentiate) in philosophy from the Gregorian University in 1970 and his BA in Theology at the Angelicum University in 1975. As an intern he served as a dean of students at the Cumbres Institute School and at the Irish Institute school, both in Mexico City.  

Just after ordination on December 24 1975, he returned to Mexico for 3 months, but was soon called to an extraordinary mission by his superiors and traveled to the Unites States of America, on April 1, 1976, to serve as the Apostolate Director for the Legionaries in the United States and the rector of the Novitiate for the Legionaries of Christ in Orange, CT. At the time, Legionaries had foundations in New York, NY, Hamden, NJ, Washington DC, and Detroit, MI, which Fr. Anthony helped direct. 

On June 4, 1982, the Legionaries of Christ in formation moved from Orange, CT to their current location in Cheshire, CT. On Easter Sunday 1988, Fr. Anthony was named Territorial Director (Provincial) for the Legionaries of Christ in the United States and Canada. Time was on his side, and the fruit of his faith and hard work helped the Legionaries of Christ to flourish in North America. Fr. Anthony also helped to start the foundations for the Legionaries of Christ in Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and South Korea. While in the United States, he helped guide many young men in vocational discernment to the priesthood and religious life as well as to future holy marriages.   

After many years of service, on Dec 8, 2004,  the Legionaries of Christ appointed a new Territorial Director for the United States and Canada. Fr. Anthony had served as the territorial director of North America from 1988 to 2004, and the territorial director’s assistant for religious life in North America from 2005 to 2008. He was the superior for the apostolate community in Dublin, Ireland, from 2011 to 2013 and went to Mexico City in 2014 to be the men’s section director for lay members of Regnum Christi until March 2019.

Fr. Anthony participated in all the General Chapters of the Legionaries of Christ from 1990 to 2021. He was also a member of the Central Commission for the Revision of the Constitutions since its inception in 2010.  

He is the author of the Three, published by Circle Press:  

We invite you to commend him in your prayers so that God our Lord will grant him eternal rest and perpetual light shine on him.

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Rest in peace!

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Guillermo Quintero
1 year ago

Just learned of Fr. Anthony Bannon went to our Heavenly Father home already after a life of faith and commitment. Great mentor, great human being… so thankfull for having him back in 1977 as a spiritual guide in Orange Conn with Antonio Onesimo, Desmond Brannigan, Jose Quiroz and myself. Thank you Fr. Anthony, live always in our hearts … “Because our God is God of the living, not of the dead”…

Carlos Venegas
2 years ago

Fr. Anthony was the first Legionary priest I met and certainly the most impressive one, so much so that I left it all to enter the novitiate in Orange, CO, in 1980, I wanted to be so much like him. I was among the first group of men who professed in Cheshire in 1982. It was a privilege to have known him and I pray he continue to watch over me and intercede for me and my family.

Nancy and David Wilson and family
2 years ago

We were saddened to hear of the death of Father Anthony Bannon, and wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to all Legionary priests and brothers for your loss. Though we have never met Father Anthony, we were edified to learn about the wonderful life he lived in the service of God and the Church. What an beautiful witness and inspiration.

Fr Christopher Brackett, LC
2 years ago

An inspiring example of a disciple of Christ, one that has marked my life and priesthood. Thank you, Fr Anthony!

Lisa Small
2 years ago

Thank you Fr. Bannon for being so instrumental in my vocation and many others from New Zealand and Australia. I know you had a special place in your heart for our countries, and we ask you now to continue praying for us. Thank you for thinking ‘outside of the box’ and seeing the potential in my 18 year old self, to be an apostle within this spirituality. Who knew that our brief meeting in NZ in 2000 would pave a path to me finding my vocation to Consecrated Life in Regnum Christi. I am grateful for your fatherly advice when I was discerning during my RC Missionary year and for always giving me the time to talk.

We owe so much to you here in the territory. Thank you.
May you rest in peace.

God Bless,
Lisa Small

Noelle Pacer
2 years ago

May the Lord grant you all consolation in your grief on missing your dear brother in Christ. May his soul be in the presence of the Lord, our Blessed Mother, the Saints and angels.

Sister Mary Patrice
2 years ago

I am saddened to learn of Fr. Bannon’s death. I met him at Magdalen college while I was a student and he would come to give days of reflection. It was through conversations with him that I discovered my vocation to religious life. As a religious, I was sent to study clinical psychology at IPS, which he was also a part of. I am grateful to him and will pray for the repost of his soul.

Sister Mary Patrice Ahearn, RSM, PsyD

Roberto Sanchez Mejorada
2 years ago

By the example that we have learned from the life of Fr. Bannon, we can listen these words… “Well done thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will entrust you many” Thank you Father Anthony for your love and service. Please pray for us.