Rev. Stephen Denig, C.M., Passes Away

May 23, 2013  |  by Michael Freedman

Rev. Stephen Denig, C.M.

Rev. Stephen Denig, C.M.

The Rev. Stephen Denig, C.M., a tenured professor in Niagara University’s College of Education, passed away yesterday after a long illness. Fr. Denig was 66.

Fr. Denig joined the faculty at Niagara University in 2002. His research included the history of religious education and the comparisons of private and public education. He was widely published, including a number of articles on student achievement and the role of mission in Catholic education.

Fr. Denig was also very active in the work of Niagara University, and served in a number of positions outside of the classroom. He was a member of the Doctoral Proposal Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Diversity Committee and the Middle States Steering Committee, to name a few. He also served on the University Senate, as the moderator for the men’s and women’s swimming teams, and as the Alumni Chaplain.

Before coming to Niagara, Fr. Denig was an assistant professor at St. John’s University from 1996-2002. He also served as an assistant dean at St. John’s from 1996-98.

Fr. Denig began his career in education in 1976 as a teacher of religion, mathematics and computers at the Archbishop Wood High School for Boys in Warminster, Pa. In 1985 he was named the Headmaster of St. Joseph’s Preparatory Seminary in Princeton, N.J., a position he held until 1992. In 1993, Fr. Denig was the Instructor of Educational Administration at Rutgers University.

Fr. Denig was a member of the American Educational Research Association, the Association for Curriculum and Professional Development, Religion and Education and Phi Delta Kappa.

Fr. Denig was ordained a Vincentian priest on May 17, 1975.

Fr. Denig earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy, magna cum laude, from Niagara University in 1971. He earned two master’s degrees from Mary Immaculate Seminary (master’s of divinity in 1974, and master’s of theology in 1981). He continued his education, earning a master of arts in educational administration in 1990 form Rider College, and a doctorate in educational administration from Rutgers University in 1994.

Funeral arrangements will be as follows:

Viewing: Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
St. Catherine’s Infirmary, 500 East Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Funeral Mass: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
St. Vincent’s Seminary, Community Chapel, 500 East Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Interment: Date-to-be-determined
Queen of the Miraculous Medal Chapel, St. Joseph’s Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey

Condolences: May be sent to Fr. Denig’s sister
Mrs. Rosemary Bootes
6142 Kilrenny Drive
Loveland, OH 45140