Brendan Curran, OP

About Brendan Curran, OP

Fr. Brendan Curran, O.P. is a Dominican priest and Serves as Special Assistant to the President at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, USA. As of 2016, the undergraduate population is 47 % Latino and over 50 % of the students are first generation immigrants from Europe, Africa and the Americas and some are undocumented. At DU, Fr. Curran advises the staff and faculty on mentoring and recruitment of immigrant students. In Fall 2016, He was named Vice Chair of the Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform, a support and advocacy network for Irish immigrants in Chicago and the Midwest USA. In the Summer of 2015, Fr Curran was named by the Central Midwest U.S. Dominicans as the Promoter for Social Justice. He served for nearly nine years as pastor of St. Pius V Church in the Pilsen neighborhood, a largely Mexican immigrant neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. A native of Chicago´s South Side, he grew up the son of Irish immigrants. St. Pius V parish is the home of the largest domestic violence and family enrichment faith-based program in the United States. In late 2014, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel named Fr. Brendan as the Chicago Domestic Violence Coordinated Response Council. He served as the only clergy member of a new body synchronizing the mayor’s office, office of the state's attorney, and city agencies to combat domestic violence. In 2014, he was a critical voice in convincing the Illinois General Assembly to pass Illinois Drivers Licenses for undocumented immigrants. He is an outspoken presenter and facilitator on worker and immigrant rights and the Catholic tradition in the Midwest. He has been a founding member and outspoken leader of Priests for Justice for Immigrants, an organization of over 200 priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago committed to support for comprehensive immigration reform in the struggle for immigrant rights. In 2009, he helped launch the St. Toribio Romo Immigrant Center, a network among thirteen Catholic parishes to strengthen immigrant awareness and leadership on the Near West Side of Chicago. Fr. Curran is a founding board member of the Chicago Workers´ Collaborative, an organization uniting day laborers and community organizations to respect day laborer rights. An achievement he considers with great pride was his role in bringing community, labor, faith organizations and industry leaders to pass groundbreaking day labor reform legislation in the State of Illinois in 2006.