Funeral Mass held at Notre Dame for Br. Roland Driscoll

Brother Roland Driscoll

A funeral Mass was held Nov. 2 for Brother Roland Driscoll, CSC, who died Oct. 28 at Holy Cross Village in Notre Dame, Ind. He was 98.

Brother Roland was born in Knoxville on Feb. 1, 1918, to Leo and Nell Brennan Driscoll. He attended Knoxville Catholic High School through his junior year before leaving to join the order of the Holy Cross Brothers in Watertown, Wis., where he completed high school.

After spending a year in the novitiate in Rolling Prairie, Ind., he attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., where he graduated in 1942. He made his final vows in 1941 while attending Notre Dame.

He spent his life teaching in high schools, with his longest tenure at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, where he also served as athletics director for 19 years.

He retired to Knoxville in 1981 to help his sister care for their elderly mother. He was very active at Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish for many years and was asked to write a history of Sacred Heart for the parish’s 50th anniversary, which was published in a program for the golden jubilee.

After living in Knoxville for some 25 years, Brother Roland was asked by his brother superior to return to Notre Dame to the Holy Cross Brothers’ house, where he resided until the fall of 2015, when he relocated to Holy Cross Village for assisted living care.

Brother Roland was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers, including Father James Driscoll of the Diocese of Knoxville. Brother Roland is survived by his sister, Mrs. Julia Driscoll Schriver of Knoxville, and 14 nieces and nephews, including Father Ragan Schriver of the Diocese of Knoxville, who concelebrated the funeral Mass for Brother Roland. ■

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