WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Passionist Father Cassian Yuhaus, 90, a church historian and a noted pioneer of religious renewal, died on Feb. 14 at St. Luke’s Villa Hospice.
Father Cassian, who had a doctorate in Church history, was a professor of Church history at various Passionist Monasteries in the eastern United States, including at Holy Family Monastery in West Hartford, from 1954-68.
A research scholar, noted international lecturer and innovator in Catholic Church renewal, Father Yuhaus served in leadership positions in the Passionist community. He coordinated the Religious Life Program for the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate in Washington, D.C., from 1975-80 and was president of CARA from 1980-84.
In the years after the Second Vatican Council, Father Yuhaus became an international consultant for religious communities of brothers, sisters and priests. He also was a published author.
Father Yuhaus served as rector of St. Ann’s Monastery and Basilica in Scranton, Pa., from 1998 until 2002 and resided there until his death.