Fr. Dan Leary

“Missionary and Chaplain for the Sisters of Mary World Villages for Children, Priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

A Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary graduate, Father Dan Leary was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. in 1997. Father Dan has always felt called to serve the poor throughout his priesthood. He has led numerous pilgrimages and organized groups to serve the poor throughout his priesthood. He serves on the board of Life-Giving Wounds ministry and is a sought-after Retreat Master known for his gift of healing.

In July 2020, Father Dan began serving the poor as Chaplain to the Sisters of Mary, a growing religious community founded by Venerable Father Aloysius Schwartz. The Sisters of Mary World Villages for Children practice charity to the poor, serving them with joy in the name of Christ Jesus by helping children break free from a life of poverty. The Sisters of Mary work to care for, feed, clothe, catechize, educate, provide medical care, and a safe place to live to more than 20,000 of the world’s poorest children each year. This loving care and education offer children new opportunities to live out their dreams by preparing them for a better future in their own country, culture, and environment at no charge to their families. The children receive catechesis, the grace of the Sacraments, and leadership training to equip them to act as evangelists in their families and communities, being a witness to their Catholic faith. The Sisters of Mary World Villages for Children work through 18 sites in 7 countries: The Philippines, South Korea, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Brazil, and Tanzania. As Chaplain, Father Dan is a spiritual father for 400+ Sisters of Mary, the 20,000+ children in their care, and the 150,000+ graduates of the program.”