REV. DENNIS BROWNE
Rev. Dennis Browne passed away on August 27, 2018. Eighteen months prior, he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
Dennis was born in Maspeth, Queens, New York to the late Joseph Browne of Clara, Offaly, Ireland and Henrietta McCartney of Glasgow Scotland. Dennis is survived by his sister Geraldine Sheridan, his brothers Peter Browne and Joseph Browne and his wife Alice, his nephew Thomas Sheridan and his wife Heidi, his niece Norah Sheridan and husband Joe Ferrara, his nieces Sharmaine Browne and Tamara Browne, and his friend Sherwin de la Cruz.
Dennis studied English Literature at Queens College (BA) and UCLA (MA). He completed a Masters in Theological Studies at St. Patrick’s Seminary and a JCL (Licentiate in Canon Law) from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. For personal enrichment, he later completed an MA in Modern European History at San Jose State University.
From 2000-2016, Dennis worked as the Principal and Administrator of the Adult Education Program of the Morgan Hill Unified School District. From 1997-2000, he was an Adult Education Instructor in the Fremont Union High School District. Earlier, Dennis was the Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of San Jose and had served as pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas Church (Palo Alto), St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception (Los Gatos), and St. Nicholas (Los Altos Hills) and as Associate Director of the Newman Center at Stanford University.
Dennis described himself simply as “bookish.” He was fluent in French and Italian and had a firm grasp of Irish and Anglo-Saxon. Passionate about literature, music, art, history, politics and traveling, Dennis would make an annual “pilgrimage” to Europe in pursuit of those interests.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 11:00am at St. Joseph of Cupertino Church, 10110 North De Anza Boulevard, Cupertino.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dennis’s name to the ASPCA, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.