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Father Alan C Hartway, C.PP.S.

December 16, 1949 – July 1, 2022

Father Alan Hartway, C.PP.S. of the United States Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood died from a heart attack on Friday, July 1, 2022 in Colorado. He was 73 years old.
Alan was born on December 16, 1948, in Park Falls, Wisconsin to Arnold and Dolores (Sukal) Hartway. He attended Precious Blood High School Seminary in Liberty, Missouri from 1963 to 1967. He attended St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Indiana from 1967 to 1971 and was Definitively Incorporated as a Missionary of the Precious Blood on October 21, 1974, and Ordained to the Priesthood on April 24, 1976.
Father Alan began his priesthood as a teacher and Dean of Students at Precious Blood Seminary in Liberty from 1976 to 1979. He then moved to Evergreen Park, Illinois, where he served as Chaplain at Little Company of Mary Hospital. Fr. Alan returned to Liberty as parochial vicar at St. James Church.
In 1984, Father Hartway moved to St. Mary’s Church in Garden City, Kansas. He remained pastor in Garden City for nine years. Fr. Alan took on provincial duties in 1993 as director of formation and special formation for six years, and publications editor from 1994 until 2000. Father Alan moved to Colorado in 1999, to become an adjunct professor and instructor at Naropa University in Boulder. During his 17-year tenure at Naropa, he served as chair of interdisciplinary studies, while also serving as parochial vicar at Guardian Angel’s Parish in Mead, Colorado from 2011-2013. He was assigned parish administrator there in 2013, and became pastor in 2018. Fr. Alan retired in 2019.
Known for his intelligence and creativity, Fr. Hartway held a Master of Fine Arts in poetics and a Master of Arts in Greek. 
Fr. Joe Nassal, C.PP.S., reflecting on Fr. Hartway’s life, said: Alan had a deep love for Scripture and for language. In many conversations over the years, he would consistently call the community back to our original charism of proclaiming God’s word of reconciliation and renewal through the Blood of Christ. He brought these deep passions together in his blog, Vineyards of En-gedi: Homiletic Explorations into Communion, Community, and Evangelization. Alan died on the Feast of the Precious Blood, July 1st. In his last reflection, likely posted that morning, Alan wrote: “Today the Missionaries of the Precious Blood rejoice in the mystical wine from the garden of En-gedi that becomes for us the Blood of Jesus, which animates our community to understand deeply the value of human blood and life in the view of the Father Creator.”  Not only did Alan feast on God’s Word, he enjoyed preparing a feast for his friends. As a gourmet cook, he loved trying new recipes and bringing people together around a table to enjoy good food and wine, conversation and companionship around the table. There will be a private funeral for Fr. Hartway on Friday, July 8. May he rest in God’s gracious peace. 

In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, both our Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have released statements. Read them here, along with advice on propagating a culture of life with mercy: