Father James Colligan, M.M.

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Father James Colligan, M.M., who served in Japan for 40 years, died Jan. 31 at Vincentian Home in Pittsburgh. He was 90.

Father Colligan was in Japan, 1968-1997 and 1955-1966, where he served as a teacher, principal, pastor, journalist, editor and book contributor. He was at Maryknoll, 2013-2014, and also served in Los Angeles.

Born in Pittsburgh, he entered Maryknoll in 1948, professed his final vows in 1954 and was ordained in 1955.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s in religious education, both from Maryknoll. He received a master’s in journalism from Syracuse University.

His sister, Elaine MacIntrye, and his brother, Dr. John Colligan, survive him.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 4 in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Pittsburgh. Burial was in Plum Creek Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

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