Ronald William Novotny, Ph.D., S.T.L.
August 7, 1943 – May 31, 2015

Dr. Ronald William Novotny was born August 7, 1943 in Baltimore, Maryland. He earned post-graduate degrees from Catholic University, American University and University of Dayton including a PhD in Counseling Psychology and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. Ron worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 13 years in the Washington, DC area before spending 6 years helping patients at the VA Hospital in Tampa. His life work and mission was as Founder and Director of the Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spirituality.

Ron is survived by Adrienne, his beloved wife of 42 years; his children: Rachel Hagerty of Annapolis, MD, Adam (Holly) of Catonsville, MD, Marie (Trace) Talley of Cleveland, OH; seven grandchildren and 2 sisters.

A funeral mass was celebrated Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 10:30am at Our Lady of Divine Providence House of Prayer. Very Rev. Joseph L. Waters, J.C.L., V.F. was presider and homilist. Click here for the text of the homily.



Franciscan University of Steubenville today mourns the death of President Emeritus Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, 85. Father Scanlan died on Saturday, January 7, 2017, after an extended illness.
His leadership as president transformed Franciscan University from a struggling regional college into a world-renowned leader in Catholic higher education and helped to inspire a restoration of faithful Catholic education in the United States and the world.
A priest of the Franciscan Third Order Regular Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Father Scanlan served as president of Franciscan University from 1974-2000, chancellor from 2000-2011, and became president emeritus in 2011. That same year he retired to the Third Order Regular Sacred Heart Province’s motherhouse in Loretto, Pennsylvania, and in December 2013, due to declining health, he moved to Garvey Manor, a Catholic nursing home in nearby Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. Click HERE to visit the Franciscan University of Steubenville website for more information about the life and legacy of Father Scanlan.