Our Director, Fr. Daniel Healy, was born and raised in Minnesota. In 1983 he graduated from the University of Dallas. While at the University, he met a couple of men who knew of the Anawim Community. He visited the Community in Corning, New York in 1980. In 1984, he moved to Corning and joined the Community. For many years he worked closely with Anawim’s founder, Fr. Francis Marino.
In 1994 he received an M.A. in Religious Studies at the Institute of Religious Studies, on the campus of St. Joseph Seminary, Yonkers, New York. Later that year he was sent to the Philippines to help establish a new Anawim Center in Las Piñas. While in the Philippines, he made a retreat, during which he became aware of his call to the priesthood. After completing his studies at Divine Word School of Theology in the Philippines, he was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Alaminos, Pangasinan in 2001.
With his health failing, Fr. Francis Marino stepped down as Director of the Community in 2002 and Fr. Daniel was voted in as Director. Along with his duties as Director and priestly duties serving the needs of Community members, Fr. Daniel serves the local parish, Mary, Mother of the Church.
For many years he has also been spiritual director to members of Courage Philippines. Courage is an international Catholic apostolate which ministers to persons with same-sex attractions. He is also on the staff of Anawim’s periodical booklet of liturgical meditations, Pondering the Word the Anawim Way.