McDonald, Father Lloyd

1968, December 28

Date of Birth: 1896, May 17

Lloyd McDonald was born in Seward, Illinois, on May 17, 1896. His early education, from 1902 to 1911, was in the public school of Seward. In 1911 he went to Dubuque (now Loras) College in Iowa and attained his B.A. in 1917. In that year he came to Baltimore, to St. Mary’s Seminary. He later attended the Sulpician Seminary at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. at the early time when that seminary was regarded as still an adjunct of St. Mary’s Seminary. From St. Mary’s, then, he received his S.T.B. in 1921. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1921. He made his Solitude at Catonsville, Maryland, in 1921-1922. For the next two years he taught English at St. Charles College in Catonsville. In the latter of those two years, that is, in 1923-1924, he was also Socius of the Solitude.

Father McDonald went to The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1924 for higher studies. During three years of study at the university, he was Procurator at Caldwell Hall. In 1927 he received his Ph.D. in Education. After obtaining his doctorate he returned to St. Charles College to resume the teaching of English and to fill the office of Prefect of Discipline. He went back to The Catholic University of America in 1930 when he was named Superior of the Basselin Foundation, whose students resided in the Sulpician Seminary (now Theological College). 

He taught Philosophy to the Basselin students and, from 1931, Fundamental Moral to the students of the Sulpician Seminary. In 1933, on the death of Father Bruneau, Father McDonald was made Superior of the Paca Street seminary, the Philosophy Department of St. Mary’s Seminary. Besides being Superior of the house, he taught English and Education. In 1941 the Solitude was transferred from the grounds of St. Charles College in Catonsville to the Paca Street house. Father McDonald, along with the superiorship of the seminary, assumed the superiorship of the Solitude. He headed two groups of Solitaires from 1941 to 1943.

In 1944 Father McDonald was made Rector of Theological College at The Catholic University of America. He succeeded Father Viéban. He remained in that post until he was appointed Provincial Superior of the American Sulpicians in 1948. Illness prompted his resignation from the provincialship in 1967. In April of that year he entered Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore. For a year and a half, he was almost constantly ill. He died on December 28, 1968.

Adapted from Father McDonald’s “Personal Data” sheet and from The Voice.