1923 – 1954 (May 22)
Daniel McCort was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 17, 1923 to Thomas and Mary McCort. Orphaned at an early age, he was raised by the Sisters of Charity in St. Vincent’s Home, Drexel Hill, Pa. He later received his education at Saint John's Orphanage in Philadelphia, and at the Saint Francis Vocational School in Eddington, PA. He requested admittance to the lay brotherhood in April, 1940, and was received as an oblate on October 27, 1940 by Assistant General, Father Joseph Hickey, O.S.A. He entered the novitiate of Our Mother of Good Counsel in New Hamburg, N.Y. on June 24, 1943 and professed simple vows on June 25, 1944. Solemn Profession followed on July 5, 1949.
Brother Daniel was assigned to the community of Saint Mary's at Villanova until 1949, when he was assigned to the Villanova Monastery as assistant to the sacristan. He died at the age of 21 on Saturday, May 22, 1954, of liver cancer after a brief illness, in Philadelphia's Misericordia Hospital. A Solemn Mass of Requiem was offered in Saint Thomas of Villanova Church on Tuesday, May 25th by Prior Provincial Joseph Dougherty, O.S.A. Father William Deacy, O.S.A. preached the homily. Brother Daniel is buried in the Community Cemetery at Villanova.