March 2019

Congratulations to Orla Treacy, a Loreto Sister from Bray and working in Rumbek, South Sudan who received the 2019 International Women of Courage Award. Orla is pictured here receiving her award from Melania Trump last Friday. Orla was a guest speaker alongside Fr. Niall Geaney at our Diocesan Mission Talk in Tralee last October. Orla is also a recipient of the Hugh O' Flaherty International Humanitarian Award in 2017.


The death has occurred of Sr. M. Ita O'CONNOR


Convent of Mercy, Castletownbere, Cork / Duagh, Kerry


O'Connor (Sr. M. Ita) Convent of Mercy, Castletownbere, Co. Cork and formerly of Duagh, Co. Kerry. Peacefully on the 9th November in the loving care of the sisters and staff of Catherine McAuley Nursing Home, Beaumont Dublin. Predeceased by her sister Catherine (Ryan), brothers Dan, Tom and Denis. Sadly missed by her loving family, brother Johnny (USA), The Mercy Sisters, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, brother-in-law Michael, sister-in-law Eileen, former colleagues and students in Scoil Phobail Bhéara, relatives and friends.


Reposing in Beaumont Convent Chapel on Saturday, November 10th, from 2pm with evening prayers at 3.30pm. Funeral Mass on Monday, November 12th, at 12 noon in St. Brigid's Church, Duagh followed by burial in Springmount Cemetery, Duagh.


Sr. Aidan Quinlan, A Martyr with a Listowel Connection












The extraordinary story of this exceptional lady was told to me by Mrs. Ella Corridan, née Quinlan. Mrs Corridan was a first cousin of Sr. Aidan and she is justifiably proud of her cousin’s achievements.




Sr. Aidan was born Elsie Quinlan, in Cork. She studied at UCC and obtained a Science degree. She entered the Dominican convent and, after further study, qualified as a medical doctor. She served in the Dominican mission in South Africa until her death.




Mrs. Corridan will never forget hearing of the death of her cousin. She remembers her mother’s awful distress on reading the account in the paper.


It was a death that shocked the world.




Sr. Aidan was 37 and had been in South Africa for 14 years. She loved the people and they loved her in return.  These were the days of the very repressive apartheid regime, when black people lived in horrendous conditions of poverty and disease and they had no rights. Sr. Aidan lived among them and ministered to them. There are lots of stories of her kindness and her medical interventions which saved many lives. On the day of her death, her car was filled with food and clothes that she was taking to the poor people of her mission.




On November 10 1952, a mob had gathered in Duncan Village , a township in South Africa, to protest against the repressive regime. The ANC was organizing a campaign of defiance and these riots were happening frequently all over South Africa. Sr. Aidan had no reason to fear for her safety because she was on the side of the rioters. But when her car drove into the view of the rioters they saw only a white woman and not their friend. They attacked her car with stones and, while she was still inside, clutching her rosary beads, they set her car on fire. Then came the worst part of her vicious death. They took knives and cannibalised her body. This act shocked South African people and they were thoroughly ashamed of it, apologizing for years afterwards to the family and community of Sr. Aidan.




The police killed many black people in that Duncan Village riot. The killers of Sr. Aidan were subsequently prosecuted, tried and executed. Luckily all of her fellow sisters escaped before the rioters attacked and burned the convent.




Sr. Aidan is not forgotten in South Africa. A community centre in her name has been set up in the township where she worked. She is also remembered by her Irish family and especially by her Listowel first cousin, in whose home a framed picture of this brave lady has pride of place.






Sr. Aidan Memorial Centre in Duncan Village, South Africa




Death of Mrs Jeremiah Buckley Kerry Sentinel 23 Aug 1913 p4.


Mother of Fr Francis Buckley Auckland NZ and late Rev John Buckley B.A. Sydney and sister to Rev Edmond O'Flaherty Crawfordsville, Indiana. Mourned by her husband Jeremiah and daughters Nora and Madge Buckley.




                James (Fr. Jimmy) BUCKLEY was born on 9 May 1909 in probably Knockane, Listowel, Co. Kerry. He died before 3 Jun 1981 in probably Lancashire.


    Jimmy was a priest in the Salford diocese of Lancashire. The 1939 Register shows Jimmy living at 40 Union St., Oldham, Lancashire.


Diocesan Administrator: Tony Mullins (1959- )




The Very Rev. Tony Mullins was born on the 20 April 1959 and is a native of Ardagh parish. He studied in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from 1977 to 1983. On the 12 June 1983, he was ordained in Ardagh and sent on loan to the Archdiocese of Armagh, where he was appointed C.C., St. Peter’s, Drogheda, Co. Louth. He returned to Limerick and was appointed C.C., St. Mary’s, on the 12 November 1984 and appointed spiritual director of St. Munchin’s College in March 1985. In July 1987, he was appointed C.C., St. John’s and remained as spiritual director in St. Munchin’s College. On the 2 September 1995, he was selected as Adm. St John’s Cathedral and on the 19 August 1998 he was appointed V.F. of the newly-created vicariate of St. John’s. In 1999, he took a sabbatical, Renewal for Ministry, at All Hallows. On the 21 September 2000, he was appointed diocesan secretary, taking on the role of diocesan financial administrator in 2001. On the 4 September 2004, he was appointed Parish Priest of Dromin/Athlacca, continuing on a part-time basis as diocesan secretary until December 2005. In March 2009, he was appointed a Pastoral Area Leader (Vicar Forane). Elected by the Limerick diocesan college of consultors to administer the diocese pending the appointment of a bishop, Fr. Mullins confirmed his acceptance of the post of Diocesan Administrator and notified the Apostolic Nuncio on the 22 December 2009.




- Video: Fr Tony Mullins delivers the homily at the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Leahy in April 2013






Newcastle West History


Nation 1842-1897, Saturday, January 26, 1884; Page: 6


Catholic Items,










To-day, says the Kerry Sentinel of the 15th inst., we have the regretful duty of recording the demise of the Rev George O'Sullivan, parish priest of Killorglin for the last thirty years. The deceased, though eighty years old, was firm and hale up to recently. But it was generally believed that his illness would prove fatal, and the sad event, which took place yesterday, was not unexpected.






A correspondent of the Kerry Sentinel, writing to the issue of that paper for the 15th inst, says :— It becomes our unwelcome duty to record the death of Father John Enright, late C C of Listowel, which took place at the residence of his father, Newtownsandes, on Tuesday, the 8th inst. Thus closes after six years in the sacred ministry the, alas too brief career of this accomplished young priest.




Kerryman 1904-current, Friday, April 28, 1995; Page: 23


(report in Kerryman told of mob in Famine Times, who surrounded house of Carney an engineer, after the Parish Priest Fr. George O’Sullivan announced at mass that work would be available on Monday. The priest got the letter instead of Carney)




Irish Examiner 1841-current, Monday, March 17, 1884; Section: Front page, Page: 1


NOTICE in the Goods of the Rev George O'Sullivan,


Parish Priest of Killorglin, lately deceased. THE Will was proved and probate taken out in the Probate and Matrimonial District Registry, at Cork, by Timothy George O'Sullivan, Gentleman, of Killorglin, on the 14th day of February, 1884.






Holy Cross Church Charleville


Figure 1: A photograph of the Gothic Revival church erected to a design by Maurice Alphonsus Hennessy (1848/9-1909) of Cork and Limerick. George Coppinger Ashlin (1837-1921) had been invited to submit a design, but declined, while drawings in the Royal Hibernian Academy show the unexecuted proposal by Walter Glynn Doolin (1850-1902) of Dublin. Begun in 1898, the church was dedicated in 1902 although the eye-catching steeple was completed only in 1908-9






A wartime story of 27 Irish Missionaries surviving


a German Attack.




In the midst of WWII, 27 young and enthusiastic Irish missionary sisters and priests left Ireland for Africa. There were risks involved at every stage of the journey but their drive and commitment calmed any fears they harboured.






Bill Foley was born in Ballybunion, Co Kerry on 13 October 1935, the third of four sons born to Bridget [née Stack] and William Foley. He was baptised in St John’s Church, Ballybunion parish three days later. He was confirmed in the same Church on 28 September 1947.




Fr Bill is deservedly mourned by his brothers, John and Desmond, sisters-in-law Rosie, Nora and Dolores, nieces, nephews, other relatives, a wide circle of friends all over Ireland and beyond as well as his confreres in the Society of African Missions. His younger brother, Tony, predeceased him.


Obituary 2014 July.




EGAN 2014; The Society of African Missions in Ireland is mourning the death of Fr Michael McEgan, at the age of 80 years. Fr Michael died peacefully on Wednesday, 18 June 2014, in St Theresa’s Nursing Centre at the African Missions, Blackrock Road, Cork with the Community Leader, Fr Colum O’Shea and Fr Frank Meehan, his sister Bea. Also present was Fr Michael’s devoted carer, Margaret O’Regan and two members of the Nursing staff, Siobhan Humphreys and Alice Good.




Michael McEgan was fourth in a family of seven children born to Michael and Mary Ann (née O’Connor) in Ballyheigue, diocese of Kerry on 1 April 1934. He was baptised in St Mary’s, Ballyheigue on 4 April 1934 and confirmed in the same church on 6 June 1946. His primary and secondary schooling took place at Bouleenshee National School and St Patrick’s College, Causeway.




The McEgans were a solid Catholic family, with Michael having three aunts and a sister in Religious Life. It was no surprise then that, following his Leaving Certificate, he entered the SMA formation programme at Cloughballymore, Kilcolgan, Co Galway where he took his First Oath in the Society on 26 June 1954.




TRALEE: Looking now at how Donal O’Connor lived the years of his long life we can see that there were many different seasons or invitations to do different things right from the beginning in Tralee where he was born on 28 April 1933. Then there were the years of family life with his parents, the late Catherine and Michael, RIP, his sisters, Kate and Honor. Good, happy years I believe! Then there followed his school years at CBS and his interest and involvement in local activities and sport. With his decision to enter the SMA – he became a member on 2 July 1952 – and the subsequent years of formation in preparation for ordination on 13 June 1956, a whole new range of seasons opened up for him bringing new challenges, opportunities and graces. Throughout these years and seasons he gradually learned that there was a time for every purpose under heaven. He was a man who was conscious of the need to live in the present while also acknowledging the stories of the past in order to better live in each new phase in preparation for the next season. He knew there was a time to seek, a time to let go and a time to find.






TRALEE: Der Healy was born in Tralee on 23 March 1926. He later discerned his missionary vocation and joined the SMA as a young man in 1947. Little did he know then where this decision would lead him. He was ordained on 13 July 1952. He spent 3 years at University College Cork and 1 year at London University. He was then assigned to the Diocese of Jos, in Northern Nigeria, which was at that time home to a young, emerging church. He taught in Mary Immaculate Teacher Training College, Kafanchan. Later in response to emerging needs Der was appointed to the Prefecture of Illorin to assist with the setting up of the new Mount Carmel Teacher Training College in Eloja and he became the first principal. He remained in Illorin working in the parishes of Oro and Ekan Meje until he returned to Ireland in 1974 for health reasons.










Fr Maurice Slattery (1874 – 1957)


March 13, 2012




Born on 22 September 1874 at Laccamore, Abbeydorney, Co Kerry, in the diocese of Kerry


Died on 11 May 1957, of heart failure, while holidaying in Tralee, Co Kerry




He was one of a family of eight boys and two girls.




1893-1896: Secondary studies at St. Joseph’s College, Wilton, Cork


1896: joined the Society’s seminary at Lyons, France and then attended the SMA seminary at Choubra, Egypt


21 December 1897: admitted to membership of the Society.


Ordained: 9 June 1900 in the seminary chapel at Choubra along with James O’Rafferty and Thomas Gibbons by Bishop Roveggio.


1900: Teacher in the seminary at Choubra, Director in the SMA school at Zeitoun and then teacher in St. Louis College, Tantah.


1904-1905: Director of students at Mahalla, Egypt.


1905-1912: Professor at Tantah. The qualities displayed during these years were such as to make him a likely choice for an important role in the launching of an Irish Province of the Society.


1912: appointed Vice-Provincial of the new Irish Province


10 September 1913: succeeded Stephen Kyne as Provincial Superior.










26 March 2007 – Fr Micheál Kennedy SMA








Fr Micheál (Hálai) Kennedy passed away on the morning of Monday, 26 March 2007 at about 06.35 am in the South Charitable Infirmary, Cork. He had been hospitalised for just over a week and his condition deteriorated rapidly over that time. He had been in poor health for some years which he spent in St Theresa’s Nursing Unit at Blackrock Road, Cork.




Hálai was born in Tralee, Co Kerry on 18 August 1926. He received his early education in CBS, Tralee. Deciding to become a missionary he came to SMA in 1945 and studied at the Society’s houses at Cloughballymore, Kilcolgan, Co Galway (philosphy) and at Dromantine, Newry, Co Down (theology). He became a permanent member of SMA on 12 June 1950. He was ordained to the priesthood on 13 June 1951 at St Catherine’s Dominican Church, Newry.




After ordination he studied at UCC where he read Science and completed a brilliant academic career when he graduated with an MSc degree.




He was then assigned for missionary work in Nigeria to the Prefecture Apostolic of Ibadan (which in 1958 became the Diocese of Ibadan). He was appointed to the teaching staff of Loyola College, Ibadan, which was founded in 1954, and he spent his entire missionary career there. He quickly became renowned as a teacher and in 1965 he was appointed Principal of the College, a post he continued to hold until 1980. Under his leadership Loyola College built up a reputation for academic excellence in the west of Nigeria and many of its past pupils have gone on to achieve positions of importance in the business, legal, medical, educational and political sectors of that great country. The loyalty of these past students to their capable and dedicated Principal is an earnest of the great influence Fr Hálai has had on the lives and careers of so many of them.




In 1980 he was forced to retire because of ill-health. Convalescing at Wilton he continued to make a valuable contribution to SMA as lecturer in Sacred Scripture to the SMA students during their Spiritual Year there. He continued to reside in Wilton in retirement until 1997. Then in the face of debilitating illness he moved to the St Theresa’s Nursing Unit, Blackrock Road.




He is mourned sadly by his sisters, Sr Brenda Mary (Mercy Sisters), Carmel, Gráinne, Nancy and Honor, by his brothers Bernard, Neilus, Owen and Aidan, by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews and a wide section of relatives and friends. Another brother, Tom, also joined the SMA and became a missionary priest, but he predeceased him in 1993.




His remains were removed from the Community Chapel, SMA House, Blackrock Road, Cork to SMA Parish Church, Wilton, Cork on Tuesday, 27 March. The Funeral Mass was concelebrated in Wilton on Wednesday, 28 March and was followed by interment in the adjoining SMA Community Cemetery.




Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.




12 July 2005 – Fr Daniel (Dan) Daly SMA








Fr Dan Daly SMA was born in Caherhayes, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick on 28 December 1909. Deciding to become a missionary priest he commenced his studies at St Joseph’s SMA College, Wilton, Cork and he became a permanent member of SMA on 19 June 1937. He completed his studies for the priesthood at SMA College, Dromantine, Newry, Co Down and was ordained priest on 19 December 1937 in St Colman’s Cathedral, Newry.




Following the completion of his studies in 1938 he was assigned as a missionary to Nigeria, to the Vicariate of Lagos. He worked there for the next 31 years in various pastoral assignments until forced to return to Ireland in 1969 due to ill-health. Though ill-health continued to give him trouble he was involved in promotion work at Blackrock Road from 1970-1978.




Since 1979 he has been living in retirement at SMA House, Blackrock Road, Cork and more recently at the St Theresa’s Nursing Unit attached to the house. He died there peacefully in the afternoon of 12 July at the age of 95 years. At the time of his death he was the oldest member of the Irish Province of SMA.




ddalyfuneral2Fr Daly’s remains were removed from the SMA Community Chapel, Blackrock Road, Cork to St Joseph’s SMA Parish, Wilton on Wednesday 13 July. The Funeral Mass was concelebrated on Thursday 14 July at 12.00 noon and was followed by burial in the adjoining SMA Cemetery. The SMA Provincial Superior, Fr Fachtna O’Driscoll SMA, was the main concelebrant of the Mass and preached


ddalyfuneral1the homily. He was joined by a representative of the Columban Missionaries and of the Capuchin Franciscans and a large body of SMA confreres. The Funeral was attended by many of Fr Dan’s relations and friends, parishioners from Abbeyfeale, members of the Marian Movement for Priests, Sisters of Mercy and Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles. Brother Jim Redmond SMA was at the organ and Fr Cormac Breathnach SMA led the singing for the Mass.




Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. Requiescat in pace.




Archbishop of New York Cardinal Hayes visited the home of his mother in 1932, the house on the shores of the upper lake, she was Mary Gleeson, his father Dan Hayes.

DEGREE:  Columban Kevin O'Rourke was the first foreigner to receive a PhD. in Korean literature from a Korean university.

He has been translating Korean literature into English for nearly 40 years.


Fr Patrick Meskill was born in Listowel, Co Kerry 83 years ago. He was ordained in 1953 at St Patrick's, Thurles. He served in several parishes in Los Angeles. In 1973 Fr Patrick was appointed pastor of St Julie Billiart, Newbury Park where he served until his retirement in Dec 1995. Fr Patrick passed on 23rd August 2011. Fr Patrick had two priest-brothers who served here in Los Angeles-Fr Francis Meskill (RIP) and Fr Thomas Meskill who is now retired. Fr Patrick is also survived by his sisters Kathleen & Vera and  brothers  Noel & Hugh-all in So California.  Oliver, another brother, resides in Ireland.


Rev Monsignor James Pierse passed on 22nd February 2011 in Seal Beach, CA. He was born in Tralee, Co Kerry and was the oldest of eight children. Msgr James was ordained on the 24th June 1944 and served at St Pius V and Holy Family, Seal Beach. He was a great Gaelic footballer and an avid golfer. He is survived by several nephews and nieces.


DEATH: Rev. Fr. Michael Sheehy, PE 29.8.1927 - 31.7.2014 second youngest child of Thomas and Marianne Sheehy of Duagh, Co Kerry. Survived by his sister, Sr. Laboure Sheehy , he was predeceased by six siblings. Reverend Michael (Mick) was born in Kilcara, Duagh, Kilmorna on Aug. 29, 1927. Died 31st July 2014 in the care of the Sisters of Nazareth, Camberwell in the sixtieth year of his priesthood. He studied for the priesthood at St Patrick's College, Carlow as a student for the Archdiocese of Melbourne and was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow, on June 6, 1954. After serving as Assistant Priest at the Parishes of Northcote (1955), Kyneton (1958), Kew (1965), St Kilda West (1967), Preston East (1967) and then as Parish Priest of Healesville (1969), Heidelberg (1971) and Doncaster from 1979 until his retirement in 2009.


BISHOP: Bernard Mahoney was born 24 July 1875, in Albany, New York, to Daniel and Honora (née O'Connor) Mahoney, both parents from Duagh Co Kerry. He left school early to support his family, worked as telegraph messenger boy. After attending St. John's Academy in Rensselaer, he entered September 1895, Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1899 and a Master of Arts in 1901.He worked through college as a telegrapher for Albany and Troy newspapers. Bishop Thomas A Burke of Albany sent him to the North American College in Rome , where he was ordained to the priesthood on February 27, 1904.Returning to America in 1905 He served as a curate at St. Peter's Church in Troy until 1909, Fr Mahoney again went to Rome and became spiritual director of the Pontifical North American College there. In 1912 he earned a Doctor of Sacred Theology.On May 24, 1922, Bernard J Mahoney was appointed Bishop of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, by Pope Pius XI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following June 29 from Cardinal Gaetano de Lai, with Bishops Giovanni Maria Zonghi and Giacomo Sinibaldi serving as co-consecrators, in Rome. He was Bishop at Sioux Falls for the sixteen years, until his death at age 63 on 20th March 1939. He was popular at conducting retreats for priests.

Bishop Mahoney died at Rochester following and operation. His funeral services were held at St Joseph’s Cathedral

Catholic Press Sydney. Previous issue Thursday 28 December 1922

Two Archbishops, six Bishops, and more than 200 priests attended the installation some few weeks ago of the Right Rev. Bernard J. Mahoney, as Bishop of the diocese of Sioux Falls, U.S.A. The Most Rev. Austin Dowling, Archbishop of St. Paul, presided and preached the sermon. Bishop Mahoney was born in Albany in 1875, and was forced to leave school to aid in the support of his family. For a time he was a Western Union messenger boy, and later became a telegraphist. He worked his way through college as a telegraphist, and entered Mount St. Mary's at Emmitsburg in September, 1895. The late Bishop Burke, of Albany, recognising his ability, designated him as a student for the American College at Rome, where he was ordained in 1904. He returned to the United States in 1905, and was assistant at St. Peter's Church, Troy, for five years,

13 April 1939 Catholic Press Sydney NSW reports. Rome, March 24.1939.The Holy See has received information that Bishop Joseph Henry Conroy, of Ogdenburg, New York, died on Monday, aged 81, and that Bishop Bernard Mahoney, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.A., died on Tuesday, aged 64. — R.I.P.




William R Griffin born Chicago Ill. Sept. 1st 1883 son of Patrick and Mary Burke. Parents of Limerick

James A Griffin Born Chicago , Ill. 27-2-1883, son of Tom and Catherine Woulfe, both parents Ardagh.

Tom Langton Grace OP , born Charleston SC, Nov. 16- 1814, son of Garrett Pierce and Bridget Boland, parents near Newcastle West.

William R Griffin born Chicago, Sept 1st 1883 son of Pat and Mary Burke.

Francis W Howard born Columbus Ohio 21 June 1887, son of Francis and Catherine Sullivan, father Limerick, mother Kerry.

Michael J Keys SM, born Dingle, Feb. 28th 1876 son of Maurice and Mary McKenna.

John J Lawlor, born Rochester Minn. 4 Aug. 1862, son of John and Elizabeth McElligott, both parents of Kerry.

Joseph E McCarthy, born Waterbury, Conn. 14 Nov. 1876, son of Eugene and Joan Colloty of Tralee.

Bernard J Mahony, born Albany NY. 24 July 1875, son of Dan and Hanora O Connor of Duagh.

John Francis O Hern, born Olean NY, 4 June 1874 son of Pat and Ellen Casey of Kerry.

Samuel Strich his father of Kerry born Nashville , Tenn. 17 Aug. 1887, son of Garret and Catherine O Malley , mother of Indiana.

Maurice F Burke of Irish descent, born Limerick 5 May 1845, son of Francis and Joan Casey.

John F Cunningham, born Irramore 20 June 1842, son of John and Catherine Fitzgerald.



Biography of Bishop Bill Murphy

Born on June 6th, 1936 at Annaghmore, Glenflesk, Bishop Bill Murphy was educated at Ratheen National School and St. Brendan’s College, Killarney. He studied for the priesthood at Maynooth and was ordained a priest on the 18th June, 1961.

He taught for six years at St. Colman’s College, Newry and then studied catechetics at Lumen Vitae, Brussels, and Fordham University, New York where he was awarded an MA in Religious Education in 1969. He was Kerry Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education in primary schools for a year, before spending three years at the Gregorian University, Rome, being awarded a doctorate in divinity (DD) in 1973. For the next five years he worked with the ‘Primary Catechetical Commission’ preparing the Children of God series, the primary catechetical programme.

Bishop Bill taught theology in the Institute for Religious Education, Mount Oliver, Dundalk for a year before returning to Kerry in 1979 as diocesan director of religious education in post-primary schools and co-ordinator of adult religious education in the diocese.

He was the first director of the John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Killarney. He became Curate of Killarney Parish in September 1987 and Administrator in 1988. On the death of Bishop Diarmaid Ó Súilleabháin in August 1994, he was appointed Administrator of the diocese of Kerry and Bishop in June 1995. He was ordained Bishop on 10th September, 1995.


Having reached 77 years of age, the Bishop of Kerry Dr Bill Murphy has said that he ''is ready to go.’’

After 18 years as Bishop, Dr Bill Murphy is very happy with his replacement and is looking forward to his retirement. Fr Ray Browne, a Parish Priest from the Diocese of Elphin is to be the new Bishop of Kerry, on the 21st July 2013.




Our diocese celebrates a new chapter in our story on April 14th 2013, with the ordination of Bishop designate Fr Brendan Leahy, as the new Bishop of Limerick.

Representatives from schools, parishes, organisations and groups across the whole spectrum of the life of the Limerick diocese will attend the celebration in St John's Cathedral. The good news is that the ordination is going to be transmitted via the internet - full details of this will appear here nearer the date.

As we prepare for this celebration, we are aware that we, like the apostles; are followers of Jesus, who are continually being called into new experiences of his love in our lives. So, this celebration is not just for those who will be in St John's Cathedral on April 14th. It is an opportunity for us all to renew our relationship with Jesus and to walk in hope with the Risen Jesus.



Oliver Kennedy died 21 June 2013 a native of Newcastle West.

Born on 2 June 1942 in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick, he was educated at Mercy Convent school, CBS Tuam, and St Jarlath’s College. Coming from Tuam in those days meant that he came to the Columbans in 1959 with an enviable reputation on the sports field, one that proved well founded and lasted well into his days on mission.


He was ordained in Dalgan Park, Navan on the 21st December 1965 and appointed to Korea. After two years language studies he was assigned to the recently-created diocese of Wonju. After a short time in Wondong city parish, Oliver spent the next ten years in the mountain parishes of Jongson, Hwangji and Pyeongchang. These were poor and isolated places with few Catholics. This was also the time when the military government of Park Chung Hee was clamping down on dissidents liked Bishop Daniel Tji of Wonju. When the bishop was jailed, his diocese led the protest movement in the country and suffered heavy police surveillance. Oliver himself got a 24-hour grilling by the Korean CIA, but he was an obvious target as he stood out head and shoulders over most of the other protesters.


He studied Spirituality in Rome for two years from 1976 and relished the vibrancy of Italian life and the Charismatic Renewal. He returned as pastor of Samchok on the east coast of Korea until he was asked to engage full-time in retreat and spiritual direction work from 1983. He had a brief spell on vocation and retreat ministry in Ireland before returning to Korea to join in building a mission training programme for Columban students and to continue his retreat work with priests and Sisters.


Oliver left Korea in 2000 after 35 years and was able to take the experience of those years with him into the role of Spiritual Director in the Irish College in Rome. He enjoyed his work there and reluctantly had to give it up following a severe stroke in 2008. As usual he took on the challenge of dealing with his disabilities and learned to talk and walk again. Oliver gave his life in the service of others and enjoyed doing it. He certainly paid little attention to himself and to his own needs but his family, and many friends throughout Korea and Ireland, will remember his generosity and his friendship for a long time.

May he rest in peace.



Taoiseach in Bobbio and signed a petition to the Holy Father asking for St Columban to be made a Patron of Europe.

The Irish Times reported:

"Bobbio is a small, remote, very picturesque place high in the hills above Piacenza in the region of Emilia Romagna. It is the sort of place that is just waiting for an intent Irish monk with severe attitudes and a committment to the gospel to commandeer it.

Which is just what Columbanus did and which is why the Irish have been coming here for years to pay homage to the Irish saint.


The Taoiseach offered his own tribute to the sixth-century monk who founded a religious community here in 614 when he suggested that he could be seen as a truly European figure.



OCTOBER 2012: The death has taken place recently in Birmingham, England of Jack and Ned McCoy who were natives of Rooskagh, East, Carrigkerry. The two were brothers of the late Monsignor McCoy who spent a long number of years in the foreign missions. Sympathy to all their relatives and friends at home and abroad. May they rest in Peace. 


Bishop Henry Vincent Marshall

The only Irish born Bishop of Salford was Henry Vincent Marshall, born in Listowel, County Kerry, on 19th July 1884. Ordained priest in 1908, he held various posts in the diocese of Salford before becoming parish priest of St Anne’s, Ancoats, and Vicar General to Bishop Henshaw. His consecration as bishop came at a difficult time, on 21st September 1939, just as the Second World War was beginning.

The war years and their immediate aftermath brought about many changes in the diocese. Forty-five Salford priests served as chaplains to the Armed Forces. Several churches and schools were bombed, with priests and people killed and injured. There were shortages of food and other goods, building restrictions and high prices. Post-war slum clearance and the creation of overspill estates brought new problems, with the need for new parishes and schools. The 1944 Education Act placed huge financial burdens on the Catholic people.

Bishop Marshall responded with a campaign to renew the spiritual life of the Christian home by a crusade of family prayer. He prepared a course of instruction covering five years to be given at Mass. In 1948 he restored the traditional Whit Friday Procession in Manchester and Salford which had been discontinued during the War. He started the ‘Schools Emergency Fund’ and a central banking system, sharing the resources of all the parishes in the diocese to help the new ones struggling with debt. The Fund still operates in 2010.

Like his predecessors, Marshall fought the cause of the rights of parents to give their children a Catholic education. He lived up to his motto, Miles Christi Sum (I am a Soldier of Christ), putting the Catholic cause before the general public with energy and courage, with backing from the Catholic Parents and Electors Association. With the Brothers of Christian Instruction, he strongly supported the opening in 1947 of a training college for Catholic men teachers at Hopwood Hall, Middleton. The college, later merged with Sedgley Park College, produced generations of teachers until it closed in 1989.

Bishop Marshall died in St Joseph’s Hospital, Whalley Range, on 14th April 1955. He is buried in St Joseph’s Cemetery, Moston.



Spanish civil war, just 75 years ago, when death squads of the anticlerical left executed 12 bishops, 283 religious women, 4,184 priests, 2,365 religious men, and an unknown number of Catholics laity.


Once every 4 years, somewhere in the world, 8 days; 25,000 particip,ants every day; 12,000 international pilgrims from 5 continents; 80,000 participants in the Closing Ceremony; 2 main venues - RDS & Croke Park; 2,000 to 3,000 volunteers; Over 100 exhibition stands; Over 150 workshops and discussion groups; 18 keynote addresses by International speakers; Masses, prayers & liturgical celebrations in 7 languages; Eucharistic Procession, Adoration and Benediction; Film, music, concerts, theatre, 100s of choirs; Dedicated space & events for over 2,500 young people; Simultaneous translation in Spanish, Polish, Irish, German, French, Italian and sign language; 7 websites, 5 social media channels,100s of media; 1,000s of preparatory gatherings around the globe; 1 Congress Bell, 4 icons calling to over 2,000 parishes; 1 immense opportunity of renewal for all Catholics; The world watching and joining us in prayer; 1 Lord, 1 Faith, 1 Baptism

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 will take place in Dublin from June 10th to 17th 2012 under the theme The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another, and expects 25,000 pilgrims to participate each day, both from Ireland and from overseas.

It is an international gathering of people, which aims to promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church; help improve our understanding and celebration of the liturgy and draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist.

These aims are achieved through a programme of pastoral preparation in the years leading up to the Congress and the actual week of the Congress that consists of a programme of Prayer, Eucharist, workshops, discussion groups, catechesis and testimonies, cultural events, a youth space, tours, exhibitions, a Eucharistic Procession, a massive closing ceremony in Croke Park and more.

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Lay Your Burden Down


"Lay your burden down, lay your burden down

Take your troubled soul, your tired mind

And lay your burden down

Lay your burden down, get your feet on solid ground

Take your worries to the foot of the cross, and lay your burden down


Lay your burden down, lay your burden down

Take your weary life, your heavy load, and lay your burden down

Lay your burden down, get your feet on solid ground

Take your failures to the foot of the cross, and lay your burden down


You've been tryin' hard to make it all alone

Tryin' hard to make it on your own

And the strength you once were feelin', isn't there no more

And you think the wrong you've done, is just too much to be forgiven

But you know that isn't true

Just lay your burden down, He has Forgiven you"


Chuck Girard (Album, Chuck Girard, 1975)








The list of Priests from 1704 to 1836 is compiled from information gained in Begley's History of the Diocese of Limerick Vol. III page 598. The remaining years are compiled from the Catholic Directories.


Maurice Gallagher 1704 - ?
James O'Brien ? - ?
James Dundon ? - 1757


Denis Conway D.D. 1757 - 1758
Maurice Walsh 1758 - 1760
Roger Coffee 1760 - 1780
Michael MacDonnell ? - 1806
William MacEnery 1806 - 1816
Daniel O'Sullivan 1816 - 1836

1837 Daniel O'Sullivan Bernard McMahon
1838 Daniel O'Sullivan Bernard McMahon
1839 Daniel O'Sullivan Bernard McMahon
1840 Daniel O'Sullivan Bernard McMahon
1841 Bernard McMahon Daniel Mahon
? Leahy
1842 Bernard McMahon Daniel Leahy
1843 Bernard McMahon Daniel Leahy
1844 Bernard McMahon Daniel Leahy
1845 Bernard McMahon James Hogan
1846 Bernard McMahon James Hogan
1847 Bernard McMahon Patrick Quaid
1848 Daniel McCoy William Power
1849 Daniel McCoy William Power
1850 Daniel McCoy Richard Power
D. O'Sullivan
1851 Daniel McCoy Richard Power
1852 Daniel McCoy Richard Power
1853 Daniel McCoy James Walsh
1854 Daniel McCoy James Walsh
Michael Glesson
1855 Daniel McCoy Michael Glesson
David Quin
1856 J. Bunton David Quin
1857 J. Bunton David Quin
1858 J. Bunton David Quin
1859 J. Bunton David Quin
1860 J. Bunton David Quin
1861 J. Bunton David Quin
1862 J. Bunton David Quin
1863 J. Bunton David Quin
1864 J. Bunton David Quin
1865 J. Bunton David Quin
1866 J. Bunton David Quin
1867 J. Bunton Luke Glesson
1868 J. Bunton Luke Glesson
1869 J. Bunton Luke Glesson
1870 J. Bunton Luke Glesson
1871 J. Bunton Luke Glesson
1872 J. Bunton Luke Glesson
1873 J. Bunton Luke Glesson
1874 J. Bunton William Carroll
1875 Michael Malone William Carroll
1876 Michael Malone William Carroll
1877 Michael Malone William Carroll
1878 Michael Malone William Carroll
1879 Michael Malone Patrick Hurley
1880 Michael Malone Patrick Hurley
1881 Michael Malone Patrick Hurley
1882 Michael Malone Patrick Hurley
1883 Michael Malone Patrick Hurley
1884 Michael Malone Patrick Hurley
1885 Michael Malone Patrick Hurley
1886 Michael Malone Patrick Hurley
1887 Michael Malone Patrick Hurley
M. O'Donnell
1888 Michael Malone Patrick Hurley
J. Fitzgerald (Adm.)
1889 Michael Malone J. Fitzgerald (Adm.)
William Fenton
1890 Michael Malone J. Fitzgerald (Adm.)
Patrick Kenrick
1891 Michael Malone J. Fitzgerald (Adm.)
Patrick Kenrick
1892 James L. Roche Patrick Kenrick
1893 James L. Roche Denis O'Keeffe
1894 James L. Roche Denis O'Keeffe
1895 James L. Roche Denis O'Keeffe
1896 James L. Roche Denis O'Keeffe
Charles McCarthy
1897 James L. Roche Denis O'Keeffe
Charles McCarthy
1898 James L. Roche Denis O'Keeffe
Charles McCarthy
1899 James L. Roche Denis O'Keeffe
Charles McCarthy
1900 James L. Roche Denis O'Keeffe
Charles McCarthy
1901 Archdeacon James L. Roche Denis O'Keeffe
Charles McCarthy
1902 Archdeacon James L. Roche Denis O'Keeffe
Charles McCarthy
1903 Archdeacon James L. Roche Charles McCarthy
John Conway
1904 Archdeacon James L. Roche Charles McCarthy
John Conway
1905 Archdeacon James L. Roche Charles McCarthy
John Conway
1906 Archdeacon James L. Roche Charles McCarthy
Michael Hannan
1907 Archdeacon James L. Roche Charles McCarthy
Michael Hannan
1908 Archdeacon James L. Roche Charles McCarthy
Patrick Coleman
1909 Archdeacon James L. Roche Charles McCarthy
Patrick Coleman
1910 Archdeacon James L. Roche Patrick Coleman
James Foley
1911 Archdeacon James L. Roche Patrick Coleman
James Foley
1912 Archdeacon James L. Roche Patrick Coleman
James Foley
1913 Archdeacon James L. Roche James Foley
Thomas Connolly
1914 Archdeacon James L. Roche James Foley
Thomas Connolly
1915 Archdeacon James L. Roche James Foley
Thomas Connolly
1916 Archdeacon James L. Roche James Foley
Thomas Connolly
1917 Archdeacon James L. Roche James Foley
Thomas Connolly
1918 Archdeacon James L. Roche James Foley
Thomas Connolly
1919 Archdeacon James L. Roche James Foley
Thomas Connolly
1920 Archdeacon James L. Roche James Foley
Thomas Connolly
1921 Canon David Keane James Foley
Thomas Connolly
1922 Canon David Keane James Foley
Thomas Connolly
1923 Canon David Keane James Foley
Thomas Connolly
1924 Canon David Keane James Foley
Thomas Connolly
1925 Jeremiah O'Shea Thomas Connolly
Michael Toomey
1926 Jeremiah O'Shea Michael Toomey
P. Lyons
1927 Jeremiah O'Shea P. Lyons
1928 Jeremiah O'Shea P. Lyons
1929 Michael O'Carroll P. Lyons
1930 Michael O'Carroll P. Lyons
1931 Michael O'Carroll P. Lyons
1932 Michael O'Carroll P. Lyons
1933 Michael O'Carroll P. Lyons
1934 Canon Michael O'Carroll P. Lyons
1935 Canon Michael O'Carroll P. Lyons
1936 Canon Michael O'Carroll P. Lyons
1937 Canon Michael O'Carroll John McCarthy
1938 Canon Michael O'Carroll John McCarthy
1939 Canon Michael O'Carroll John McCarthy
1940 Canon Michael O'Carroll John McCarthy
1941 Canon Michael O'Carroll John McCarthy
1942 Canon Michael O'Carroll John McCarthy
1943 John McCarthy
1944 William J. Carroll John McCarthy
1945 William J. Carroll John McCarthy
1946 William J. Carroll John McCarthy
1947 William J. Carroll John McCarthy
1948 William J. Carroll John Conners
1949 Michael Ryan John Conners
1950 Michael Ryan John Conners
1951 Michael Ryan John Conners
1952 Michael Ryan John Conners
1953 Michael Ryan John Conners
1954 Michael Ryan John Conners
1955 Michael Ryan John Conners
1956 Michael Ryan John Conners
1957 Michael Ryan John Conners
1958 Michael Ryan John Conners
1959 Michael Ryan John Conners
1960 Michael Ryan Daniel Murphy
1961 Michael Ryan Daniel Murphy
1962 Michael Ryan Daniel Murphy
1963 Canon Michael Ryan Daniel Murphy
1964 Canon Michael Ryan Daniel Murphy
1965 Canon Michael Ryan Daniel Murphy
John J. Slattery
1966 Canon Michael Ryan Daniel Murphy
Philip Quinlan
1967 Canon Michael Ryan Daniel Murphy
Philip Quinlan
1968 Canon Michael Ryan Daniel Murphy
James Costello
1969 Canon Michael Ryan Daniel Murphy
1970 Canon Michael Ryan Daniel Murphy
1971 Canon Michael Ryan Denis Browne
1972 Canon Michael Ryan Denis Browne
1973 Canon Michael Ryan Denis Browne
1974 Canon Michael Ryan Denis Browne
1975 Canon Michael Ryan Denis Browne
1976 Canon Michael Ryan Denis Browne
1977 Gerard M. Griffin Michael Hanly
1978 Gerard M. Griffin Michael Hanly
1979 Gerard M. Griffin Michael Hanly
1980 Gerard M. Griffin Michael Hanly
1981 Cornelius Collins Michael Hanly
1982 Cornelius Collins Christopher Griffin
1983 Cornelius Collins Christopher Griffin
1984 Cornelius Collins Christopher Griffin
1985 Cornelius Collins Christopher Griffin
1986 Cornelius Collins Desmond McKeever
1987 Cornelius Collins Joseph Cussen
1988 Cornelius Collins Joseph Cussen
1989 Cornelius Collins Joseph Cussen
1990 Cornelius Collins Joseph Cussen
1991 Cornelius Collins Joseph Cussen
1992 Cornelius Collins Joseph Cussen
1993 Cornelius Collins Joseph Cussen
1994 Canon Eamonn Dillane Joseph O'Keeffe
1995 Canon Eamonn Dillane Joseph O'Keeffe
1996 Canon Eamonn Dillane Joseph O'Keeffe
1997 Canon Eamonn Dillane Joseph O'Keeffe
1998 Canon Eamonn Dillane David Cahill
1999 David Cahill
2000 Martin Madigan


Sacred Heart College Limerick
Church Dedicated 27-1-1869
Among the attendance Fr Robert Dore OSA son of Robert of Ardagh. He was Provincial of his order in 1839.
Sample of students at the College.
Jeremiah Ambrose Newcastlewest, Thomas Bagot of Mungret, Dan Brown Glin 1866-68, James Brown Glin 1866-68, Casey of Askeaton, Pat Dineen Rathmore c1880,
Pat Doherty of Lower Mallow St 1882-83, James Doherty Do, Michael Cregan of Shanagolden 1865-66, James Dore 1865-66, Maurice Fitzgerald Glin 1865-67, Pat Fitzgerald of Glin 1867-68, Michael Fitzgerald of Glin 1867-69,
Several Griffins c1862-1906, William Hanlon Newcastlewest 1865, Maurice Kelly Shanagolden 1883-84, William Kelly City Goal 1877-83, Leonard of Listowel 1878- 79, John & Wm. Lowe of Glin 1859-62 Tom Lowe Do 1860-64,



Duagh Priests, Sisters and Brothers

Morgan O Connor, John Connor, Michael Horgan, Maurice Lane, Tom Moloney, Denis Moloney, Con O' Keeffe, Denis Brosnan, Denis Brosnan, John Brosnan, Pat Brosnan, John Brosnan, John and James O'Connor, Michael Dillon, Maurice and John McCarthy, James Colbert, Gerard and Eugene Heffernan, John Lane.

Brothers Boniface and Eugenius Dower Brendan Keane, Owen Hartnett and Brother Colbert

Sisters Bridget, Kitty Thomas and Kathleen O' Connor, John Horgan, Lelia and Terecita Lane, Lil and Nora Walsh, Mary and Eileen Brosnan, Kathleen Hayes, Margaret Keane, Margaret and Nora Flynn, Mercedes Meade.

Kevin Sheehy, Pat and Maurice O'Connor, John and James Molyneaux, James McElligott, John Nolan, Denis Moloney, Brian Starkin.
Brothers Tom Enright and Christopher O' Connor

Catherine O' Mahony, Pauline, Pauline, Elizabeth and Bridget Moloney, Margaret O'Connor, Philomena Sheehy, Ann Dillon, Berchmans and Concepta Kennelly, Margaret and Teresa Murphy, Maura Nolan, Elizabeth Starkin, Elizabeth Roche, Mary Rose and Walter Gleeson, Eileen Enright, Adrian Doran, Hannah Mary and Elizabeth Ahern, Elizabeth O' Gorman, Alexis, Hillary and Eileen Fitzgerald, Dympna Costello, Sister Molyneaux, Sister Dillon.


Michael Clune, Michael Dillon, Pat and Jack Gaire, Noel Hickey, Dan Keane, Bernard O'Mahony, John Lyons, Tom, Edmond and Reginald Stack.
Brothers P O'Mahony, Cataldus Dillon and James Stack,

Alphonso Marie, Agatha, Imelda and Delores Stack, Ita O'Connor, Cleopas Relihan, Adrian Moloney, Nina O'Brien,

Lybes and Knockunderval
Pat & John Joe O Brien, Robert Finucane & Fr Finucane, Pat Carey, Con Guerin
Brother Romuld o Donoghue,

Rose Carey, Catherine Broderick, Stanislaus, Mary & Kitty Galvin,

Knockalougha and Derk
Maurice Joy, James Casey,
Mary Anne, Peggy, Sr. & Sr. Shanahan, Mary, Bridget & Gilberta Nash, Felicitas & Agnes Joy, Two Casey Sisters, Catherine & Philomena Dower, Mary & Mary Mc Elligott,

Fr Sean Maher,
Sr. Lucy & Sr.Calista Faley,

Fr Edward Walsh,

Fr Gerry & Tim Galvin,
Two Sr. Galvin

Fr Pat J O Donoghue, Fr Dan Stack
Sister Dowling,

Fr Andrew Stack
Sister Eileen & Joan Relihan,

Sr. Gerard & Sr. Brendan Sheehy,


Fr Pat & Fr Declan O Connor,
Sr. Alphonsus, Joseph & Mary Sheehy,


Fr John, Fr Denis & Fr John O Keeffe,
Brother Gerard Collins
Sr. Philomena O Keeffe and Sr. Concepta Keane,

Tom & Tom Relihan, Michael Sheehy, John O Donnell, Michael Dillon,

Sr. Michael Sheehy and Sr. Margaret Mary Broderick,

Knockmeal & Scrahan
Fr Tom O Brien & Fr Ned Corridan,
Brother Tom Sheehy & Brother Fergal Kelly,

Helena & Augustine Corridan, Margaret Moloney, Perpetua O Brien,

Sr. Consuela and Sr. Moloney, Sr. Patricia Langan,

Fr William Fitzgerald
Sr. Hilda Moloney,

Knockavallig and Ballygarrett

John, Jim & Maurice Dillon, Pat, John & Mort Daly,

Sr. Marina Daly & Sr. Kathleen Kelly

Fr Maurice Lyons & Canon Denis Flynn,
Sr. Mary Rose, Sr. Mary & Mary E Flynn, Sr. Lelia Burns,

Fr Tim & Pat O Connor, Fr John Keane, Fr Tom Molyneaux,
Brother Edward Kelly,

Eileen & Margaret Keane, Helen & Barbara Broderick, Patricia O Connor, Anne Maria Horgan, Johanna Harnett, Laura Kelly,

Michael, Gerry & William Costelloe, Stephen Stack, Tom Collins,

Tim, Dan & Tim Harnett, Pat, John , Fr & Fr Sheehy, Matt, Jerry, Jeremiah, Pat, Paul, John & Matt Dillon, Jim Nolan, Jim & John O Brian, Patrick Maher, Maurice Joy, FR & Fr Horan, John & Jim O Brien,
Sylvester and Winifred Hartnett, Maureen O Brien, Rosarie Maher, Gerard Dillon,

Fr Vincent O Connell & Fr Sean Harnett,
Sr. Ignatius Mc Carthy, Sr. Angela O Connell,

Fr Pat O Keeffe & Fr Jerry Molyneaux,
Sr. Agnes de Sales Molyneaux,

Sr. Mary Flynn

Tim, Michael & Dan Cronin, Michael O Donoghue, Maurice Mc Kenna, Con Scannell, Michael Walsh, Pat Quille,

Brother Baptist Quill & Brother Raphael Cronin,

Joan Cronin, Peter & Claver Kirby, Anastasia, Mary & Francis O Connor, Margaret & Mary O Donoghue, Baptist Kirby, Eileen Finucane, Mary Quille, Joan Mc Carthy,


Fr Denis, Fr Bartholomew & Fr Tom? O Brien.

From My Notebook
Of Duagh Fr Tom Stack Duluth Ordained 1944, Fr Tom Moloney Santiago Ordained C 1943, Sr. M Patricia Dillon of Presentation Waterford died 31st Aug 1887 aged 61years.

Sister of St. Joseph Karen M. Kennelly

Perusal of the historical record reveals giants of the spiritual life such as Teresa of Avila whose gender in no way inhibited influence, and important junctures in the development of canon law at which the prevalent tide of patriarchy and clericalism was stemmed. To cite an example, Clement V's bull of 1311, Quia Contingit, had far-reaching consequences for women's leadership when it declared that the office of hospital administrator was open to lay or religious men or women rather than being an ecclesiastical benefice as clergy were then claiming.

That numerous other examples of this nature could be cited should not detract from Ashe and Chittister's tour de force in presenting a convincing case for looking to feminism for the clear-sightedness and spiritual energy to "love the God we cannot see and to see the God around us whom we have yet to come to love" (Chittister). Isn't this where gender equity and the gospel message converge, after all?

Sister of St. Joseph Karen M. Kennelly is president of Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles.


Name: Rev Patrick Joseph Dalton Birth Date: 16 Mar 1876 Birth Place: Rahavanig, Ballybunion, Co Kerry, Ireland Age: 45 Residence: Notre Dame, Indiana Passport Issue Date: 28 Feb 1922 Father Name: John Dalton Father's Birth Location: Ireland Father's Residence: Co Kerry,



Nov. 2010

North Korea's fatal artillery attack has damaged the only Catholic Church on Yeonpyeong-do Island. All Catholics including Father Joseph Kim Tae-heon, the parish priest, are safe as they evacuated to a bomb shelter as soon as the island came under North Korean shelling on Nov. 23. While 80 percent of the residents have since left...



SOCORRO, N.M. (CNS) — The adobe churches that are a scenic fixture of New Mexico’s landscape are crumbling from the inside out.


Father Andrew Pavlak knows this all too well. As the only priest assigned to a parish that encompasses most of Socorro County, his responsibilities include not only his main church, the 400-year-old San Miguel, but another nine churches, including seven made of adobe.


One of them, Sagrada Familia, (Holy Family) in the community of Lemitar, had a major wall collapse in June, after a well-intended restoration project ended up doing more harm than good.


A previous estimate of $38,000 to get Sagrada Familia back into shape fell apart when the church’s northwest corner tumbled down. Father Pavlak said it’s up to architects, engineers and insurance agents to work out the next moves. When Sagrada Familia is rebuilt, he said, the project “will most likely be reducing the size of the church to a much smaller reality of its former self.”


Keeping the state’s hundreds of historic adobe churches in useable condition is a daunting, expensive task. Engineering and financial logistics are complicated by the emotional connections people feel to the churches where their families’ history is rooted, whether or not the current generations even live nearby.


It recently cost $20,000 just to have studies done to evaluate the restoration needs of Sagrada Familia and another Socorro County mission church, San Antonio, in the community of Alamillo, Father Pavlak said. That covered architectural and engineering studies, including testing of the soil and water table, he told Catholic News Service during a September interview at San Miguel.




Like many of New Mexico’s adobe structures, the mud bricks of Sagrada Familia were encased in an outer shell of concrete-based plaster, intended to avoid the labor-intensive, annual maintenance ritual of recoating the walls with a thin layer of mud. As families have moved away from the small rural communities, fewer people are available to do the upkeep. And the skills needed were being lost with succeeding generations. For many communities, concrete-based plaster, which lasts for decades, seemed like the ideal solution.


But that system, which came into vogue throughout the Southwest in the middle of the last century, traps moisture inside walls and they deteriorate from within.


Even in New Mexico’s desert climate, moisture from the rare rain and snowfalls can seep in from small holes in a roof, or from puddles close to the building. Groundwater is soaked up from below.


The first outward sign of damage may be cracks in the plaster, explained John Huchmala, properties manager for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. At Sagrada Familia, the telltale sign was buckling floorboards discovered last April.


“That was an indication that water was inside the wall, turning the adobe to mud,” which pressed down into the flooring, he said.


By that point, “the only thing holding up some walls is the plaster,” said Father Pavlak.


At Sagrada Familia last June, contractors who were working on repairs left for lunch and returned to watch two of the 179-year-old walls collapse. Weeks later, the church sat unuseable behind orange hazard-zone fencing, its interior exposed to the weather. A single, contemporary light fixture dangled incongruously just inside the main sanctuary.


If problems are discovered early enough, the inside of the adobes can be dried and stabilized, explained Huchmala.


That was case this summer at the nearly 400-year-old walls of San Miguel, when workers cut into the plaster and found the adobe bricks relatively intact, though damp, Father Pavlak said. The inner and outer walls are temporarily scarred with a series of carefully spaced sections, each about 4 or 5 square feet, where the half-inch-thick concrete plaster was cut out to allow air to circulate to the adobe bricks.


Drying takes time. In some places, the walls of San Miguel are 9 feet thick, and windows have 2-foot-wide sills. The cutout sections will remain open until at least May to give the adobes a chance to dry, he said. Meanwhile, architects and engineers will evaluate the walls’ condition and guide Father Pavlak about what to do next.


“We will eventually have to remove all the plaster from about the 5-foot mark above grade, expose all the adobes, let them all dry and then replace the plaster with the appropriate materials,” he said in a follow-up e-mail. “We hope to be able to replace some of the plaster before we have to take out the next sections, but that will be up to the professionals guiding us.”


Huchmala has become one of those professionals. Though he is neither architect nor engineer, his real estate background led him to the job managing the archdiocese’s properties. As such, he is part of the Commission for the Preservation of Historic Churches in New Mexico, an arm of the archdiocese that advises and supports community efforts to preserve churches.


Huchmala said a 1997 inventory counted more than 300 adobe churches in the archdiocese, some of them little more than crumbling outlines of a building. Many others are rarely used, only opened a few times a year for a feast day or maybe a wedding.


“You can tell by looking at a church how much the community is involved,” Huchmala said. And that’s the key to preserving or restoring them, he added.


But as both Father Pavlak and Huchmala said, the emotional ties people have to the churches of their ancestors is strong, even when they now live far away themselves.


“There’s a lot of emotion because of the history,” Huchmala said.


Under church law, it’s actually up to a parish to come forward and request help, Huchmala explained. That helps create a baseline requirement of local involvement when it comes to tackling church restoration.


But more practically, unless the local community is willing to either do the hands-on work of preservation, or raise the money to pay someone else to do it, they won’t get help from the commission or organizations that help with preservation, such as the Santa Fe-based Cornerstones Community Partnerships.


“Without a community behind it, a big project is a nonstarter,” said Robin Jones, executive director of Cornerstones, which provides technical and fund-raising assistance for adobe preservation and repair. “Otherwise, the yearly maintenance won’t be kept up.”


Cornerstones first assesses the state of a property, then will help with fundraising locally and by tapping state, federal and private grant organizations. It also helps pave the way to get approval from historic preservation organizations when applicable, Jones said.


As Father Pavlak has discovered, however, such support may not always be available or sufficient, making finances the significant issue in whether or not a crumbling adobe church is restored.


“At San Antonio it cost $7,000 just to get rid of the bats and guano,” Father Pavlak said. “The roof is shot, the heating and cooling need work.”


But even though that current church is only 75 years old, if San Antonio were to fall like Sagrada Familia, “it will attract a lot of attention,” he said.



The late Pope John Paul's wooden coffin was exhumed from its resting place in a crypt under Saint Peter's Basilica Friday, ahead of a beatification ceremony that will put him one step from sainthood.




Following Sunday's beatification Mass in the basilica, thousands of pilgrims are expected to file past the wooden coffin to pay their respects. Afterwards the coffin will be moved to a new crypt in the basilica, near the Michelangelo statue of the Pieta.


The marble slab that covered his first burial place will be sent to Poland, where the late Pope was born.


Prayer For Priests -

O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear

my humble prayers on behalf of Thy

priests. Give them a deep faith, a bright

and firm hope and a burning love which will

ever increase in the course of their priestly life.



SEPTEMBER slaughter of over 1,200 people in two days, almost 200 hundred of them Catholic priests during French Revolution in 1792.



Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. She loved to explain why joy is essential for the proclamation of the Gospel: “Why has the work in the slums been blessed by God? Certainly not because of given personal qualities, but because of the joy that the sisters spread as they pass by. The people of the world lack our joy. Those who live in the slums have less of it. Our joy is the best means to preach Christianity.”



Sr Fidelma Danaher (Obituary)

The community was sorry to learn of the death of Sr. Fidelma Danaher, Presentation Sister, Bagenalstown, in Shalom Nursing Home, Kilcock, on 26th June 2009.

Sr. Fidelma was born in Athea, Co. Limerick in March l9l8. She was one of a family of six with three sisters and two brothers. Having completed her secondary school education in St. Mary’s College, Mountmellick, she entered the Presentation Novitiate in Mount St. Anne’s, Portarlington in l936 and in l939 she made her first Profession in Mount St. Anne’s. She was then assigned to Presentation Convent, Carlow, from where she did her two years training in Carysfort College. She taught in Presentation primary and secondary schools in Carlow until she was transferred to Bagenalstown in July 1960 where she taught in Primary school until her retirement in l983. After a sabbathical year in Rome, Sr. Fidelma went to Stradbally and she served the Community there until l990.

In l990 she was assigned as a helper to the Nursing Home in Kilcock where she worked for three years until l993 when she returned to Bagenalstown. She served in the St. Vincent de Paul Society and helped in the Day Care Centre in St. Lazerian’s House. She promoted the Messenger of the Sacred Heart magazine for a number of years.

Sr. Fidelma was a woman of deep prayer, great dedication and commitment and served in the footsteps of Nano Nagle, Foundress of the Presentation Sisters, with great heart and energy. She will be remembered by the people of Bagenalstown for her caring disposition, lovely smile and for reaching out at every opportunity to help those in need. Failing health brought her back to Shalom Nursing Home, Kilcock, in 2006 where she was cared for until she died on 26th June 2009.Sr. Fidelma will be sadly missed by her Presentation family, her sister, Sr. Carmel, Kilcock, her nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Her nephew Fr. John Guiney, S.J. was chief celebrant of her Requiem Mass and Fr. Paddy Byrne, C.C. concelebrated. After the Eucharistic Celebration she was laid to rest in the Cemetery of the Assumption, Bagenalstown.



From Kim.




Casey/O'Hern priests

This is a collection of information on seven priests that are grandchildren (1st generation born in America) of Dennis and Honora (O'Brien) Casey. Dennis and Honora came to the United States (from Duagh) during the Great Potato Famine. Dennis Casey, Sr. and his son, John came around 1849. Honora and the rest of her children arrived in America by 1850. I am focusing on three particular children of Dennis and Honora's (Ellen, Mary, and John Casey). Ellen and Mary married two O'Hern brothers, Patrick and Maurice from Killarney. These three families produced seven priests. See below.


Brief stories: Patrick O'Hern (c.1823-1899) was born in Killarney, Ireland. Around 1854, he settled in Hinsdale, New York. In his obituary, he is described, "Deceased was a man of upright and estimable character, highly respected by all who knew him." (The Evening Herald, Olean New York, February 17, 1899).


Ellen (CASEY) O'Hern (1839-1905) was born in Duagh and came to the United States in 1850, at the age of eleven years. According to her obituary, Father Hickey said in his sermon, during her funeral mass, in St. Bonaventure's Church: 'Mr. and Mrs. O'Hern were among the pioneers, who by labor and money assisted materially in erecting the first buildings of St. Bonaventure's college, in which later their first son was raised to the holy priesthood. It is worthy of note that the early priests of St. Bonaventure's, among whom were the present apostolic delegate, Most Rev. Dionide Folconio, were frequent visitors to their home. Mrs. O'Hern had a great love for this church and for the Franciscan Fathers, and for upwards of fifty years was a devoted member of the Third Order of St. Francis.' (The Olean Herald, Olean, New York, February 22, 1905).


1. Patrick O'Hern and Ellen CASEY O'Hern were married in June 1857. They had several children, possibly fourteen and of these, four became priests.


A.) Rev. Dennis W. O'Hern (1865-1911), the following is his obituary. Two errors to note: his birth year should be 1865 and St. Bonaventure is in Olean, New York.

Rev. Dennis W. O'Hern

Rev. Dennis W. O'Hern, a member of the faculty of St. Bernard's Seminary and a brother of Rev. J. Francis O'Hern, of the Cathedral, died at the rectory, No. 90 Frank street, yesterday, following an illness of one week, probably from intestinal trouble. Father O'Hern had done much missionary work among the non-Catholic American (unreadable) Washington, D. C., Texas and Arkansas. He had recently been looking after St. Louis Church in Fairport, in the absence of Rev. J. L. Codyre, the pastor. While more of a teacher than a parish priest. Father O'Hern was considered a good speaker and has been heard frequently in the Cathedral. He was born in Olean on May 12, 1855, and educated in St. Bonaventure's in Alleghany, Pa., where he obtained the degree of M. A. Before coming to Rochester he established a boys' college at Little Rock, Ark. [see also: Ellen (Casey) O'Hern, Patrick O'Hern, Edward P. O'Hern]

— Democrat & Chronicle 25 March 1911



B.)Very Rev. Lewis J. O'Hern (c.1878-1930), C.S.P.,

Rev. Lewis J. O'Hern

Since 1921 Mission House Rector at Catholic University

Received Papal Blessing in Last Hours

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12.—The Rev. Lewis J. O'Hern, C. S. P., rector of the Apostolic Mission House at Catholic University and editor of The Missionary Magazine, who was in charge of all Catholic army and navy chaplains in the World War, died this morning in the mission house, Brookland, D. C. He has been ill for two years from heart disease. A solemn high mass of requiem will be celebrated at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. Burial will be in New York, with a funeral service at 9 P. M. Sunday in the Church of the Paulist Fathers, 415 West Fifty-ninth Street. A pontifical mass of requiem will be celebrated there at 10 A. M. on Monday. He is survived by three brothers and two sisters: the Right Rev. John Francis O'Hern, Bishop of Rochester, N. Y.; the Rev. Thomas J. O'Hern, pastor of St. Bartholomew's Church in Buffalo, N. Y.; Colonel P. O'Hern, who was chief ordnance officer with the American Expeditionary Forces in France and who is now commandant at the Presidio, San Francisco, and the Misses Helen [Nellie] and Gertrude O'Hern, both of Rochester, N. Y.


In his last hours Father O'Hern received a cablegram from Rome, bringing him the papal blessing. In the World War he was executive secretary of the Catholic Army and Navy Chaplains' Bureau and represented the Catholic Hierarchy of America in the selection and appointment of chaplains. He was one of three who started in the American church in Rome known as the Church of Santa Susanna, under charge of the Paulist Fathers. Father O'Hern was born at Olean, N. Y., on June 12, 1878. He received the degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology at Catholic University in 1903 and in December of that year was ordained a priest. Father O'Hern, since 1917, had been executive secretary to Cardinal Hayes in the latter's capacity of Bishop Ordinary of the Catholic members of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. From 1912 to 1921 he was Professor of Dogmatic Theology and Canon Law in the Paulist House of Studies in Catholic University of America. He had been rector of the Apostolic Mission House since 1921. [see also: Rev. Philip E. O'Hern, Patrick O'Hern, Ellen (Casey) O'Hern]

— New York Times 13 December 1930


C.) Bishop John Francis O'Hern (1874-1933), the third Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, New York.

Most Rev. John Francis O'Hern

The Most Rev. John Francis O'Hern, Bishop of the Rochester Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, died suddenly Monday evening at the Episcopal residence in Rochester. Bishop O'Hern has been ill since last Saturday with a recurrence of a heart ailment which he suffered several months ago.


Born in Hinsdale in June 1874, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Patrick O'Hern, the Bishop came of a family which contributed six other members to the Holy Priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church. He was baptized at St. Bonaventure Church in which parish his family lived until the parish of St. Mary of the Angels' was established. Bishop O'Hern was one of the first graduates of St. Mary's Academic School and was a member of the class of 1890, which included Mother Mary Clotilde of New Rochelle, formerly Miss Nellie Sheridan of Olean, and Justice George A. Larkin of this city. He was also an honor graduate of Olean High School. Following graduation the Bishop entered St. Andrews Preparatory Seminary in Rochester and later St. Bernard's Theological Seminary. In the Fall of 1897, he was sent by the late Bishop Bernard J. McQuaid, first Bishop of Rochester, to the North American College in Rome, Italy, to complete his course in theology. He was ordained by the Cardinal Vicar of Rome, February 17, 1901, after having obtained a degree in theology at the Propaganda University.


In March 1901, he was appointed assistant pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Rochester and later in the same year became assistant to the Rev. Thomas F. Hickey, pastor of St. Patrick's Cathedral that city and later Bishop of Rochester Diocese. In January 1908, Father O'Hern received his appointment as pastor of St. Patrick's Cathedral by Bishop Hickey and he continued in that office for thirteen years and then was made pastor of Corpus Christi Church and in 1922, vicar general of the Rochester Diocese, In 1929 he was named Bishop of the diocese to succeed Bishop Hickey, who resigned because of ill health. Bishop O'Hern was interested in many church organizations. In addition to being a trustee of every church in the diocese, he was director of St. Mary's and St. Patrick's Orphan Asylum, St. Ann's Home, Rochester Catholic Charities and St. Elizabeth's Guild House; vice president of St. Bernard's Seminary, director of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children; director of Rochester Chamber of Commerce and member of Rochester Council, No. 278, Knights of Columbus.


The late Bishop had three brothers and three cousins in the Holy Priesthood. One brother, the Rev. Dennis O'Hern passed away in 1911 and another brother, the Very Rev. Louis J. O'Hern, C. S. P., rector of the Apostolic Mission House, Washington, D. C., succumbed December 12, 1930. His opther brother, the Rev. Thomas J. O'Hern, is pastor of St. Bartholomew's Church in Buffalo and widely known as a lecturer under the auspices of the Buffalo Apostate. He is also survived by another brother, Colonel Edward O'Hern of California; two sisters, Miss Nellie O'Hern and Miss Gertrude O'Hern, Rochester.


The Rev. T. Maurice O'Hern and the Rev. William E. O'Hern of DuBois, Pa., are cousins of the Bishop, also Mother Mary Concepta O'Hern of St. Mary's Convent, this city; Miss Nora Casey, Allegeny, Miss Helen Casey, Miss Agnes Casey, Francis Casey, Joseph O'Hern, Henry O'Hern of Olean, as were the late Mrs. Norman J. Sweitzer, this city and the late Rev. John Casey of Clyde, N. Y. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.


— Olean Times-Herald 23 May 1933



Bishop J. F. O'Hern Honored at Funeral

ROCHESTER, N. Y., May 26. — Catholics and Protestants paid tribute here today to the memory of the Most Rev. John Francis O'Hern, third Catholic Bishop of Rochester, at a pontifical requiem mass in St. Patrick's Cathedral, where he was raised to the Vatholic hierarchy only four years ago. Cardihnal Hayes of New York, who had consecrated him a Bishop, presided. As the service began, the hum of the city ceased for a minute on proclamation of Mayor Oviatt. The tolling of the cathedral bells then was picked up by the bell in the tower of Rochester's City Hall. At the close of the rites the body was borne from the cathedral and placed in a sarcophagus back of the altar of the chapel in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.


More than 2,000 person of all creeds and sects, including Bishop David Lincold Ferris of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, crowded the cathedral. Outside, many more heard the service through loud speakers. The two sisters of the dead Bishop, the Misses Nellie and Gertrude O'Hern, were present. In the sanctuary were the officers of the mass, the Cardinal, eight Bishops and twenty-one Monsignori. The funeral sermon was delivered by the Most Rev. Emmet Michael Walsh of Charleston, S. C., youngest Catholic Bishop in the United States. He eulogized Bishop O'Hern as "a man loved for his greatest virtue -- charity."


The pontifical mass was celebrated by Bishop William Turner of Buffalo, with Mgr. George B. Burns of Rochester actign as deacon and the dead Bishop's brother, The Rev. Thomas P. O'Hern of Buffalo as subdeacon. Before the coffin was carried from the cathedral Cardinal Hayes, Archbishop Hickey, Bishop Thomas J. Walsh of Newark, N. J.; Bishop Thomas O'Reilly of Scranton, Pa., and Bishop Edmund Gibbons of Albany intoned final benedictions. [see also: Rev. Dennis W. O'Hern]

— New York Times 27 May 1933


D.) Rev. Thomas J. O'Hern (1880-1961?), pastor of St. Bartholomew's Church in Buffalo, New York and widely known as a lecturer under the auspices of the Buffalo Apostate.



Buffalo Courier Express, June 10, 1956


Msgr. O’Hern Celebrates 50 Years in Priesthood


“I want to thank all of you parishioners.” Rt. Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. O’Hern said yesterday after singing a Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving in St. Bartholomew’s Church, 355 Grider Street.




“You’ve been so good to me. That’s the reason I’ve lived so long. Otherwise, I’d have been dead long ago,” the grey-haired priest quipped.




Occasion of the Mass was Msgr. O’Hern’s celebration of his 50th anniversary in the priesthood. He is the founder and only pastor of St. Bartholomew’s.




Besides the Mass, the anniversary was marked by the Vatican authorizing the imparting of the apostolic blessing to parishioners and the cornerstone laying of a new recreation center.




The Most Rev. Joseph A Burke, DD, bishop of Buffalo, delivered the sermon wherein he outlined the importance of the priesthood in the Catholic Church from Apostolic times.




“The man who compromise the Catholic priesthood are a group who have contributed most to the happiness and welfare of mankind,” Bishop Burke reminded parishioners.




Referring to Msgr. O’Hern, the Bishop said the buildings of St. Bartholomew’s parish are “monuments to his leadership.”




Then Bishop Burke confided he had offered Msgr. O’Hern the pastorship of a larger parish, but he declined, saying: “I am very grateful, but I love my people. I don’t want to leave them.”




Pope Pius XII authorized imparting the apostolic blessing on parishioners of St. Bartholomew’s. A telegram to Bishop Burke read:




“The Holy Father, on the occasion of the golden jubilee of the sacerdotal ordination of Monsignor Thomas J. O’Hern, cordially imparts to jubilarian parishioners the paternal apostolic blessing in pledge of abiding divine grace and heavenly favors.”




Later, Bishop Burke placed the cornerstone for the new parish auditorium and recreation center. A procession marched from the church to the ceremony.




The new building was made possible by parishioners who over-subscribed by $10,000 a $150,000 drive to finance the structure expected to be completed this year.




When completed, it will house an auditorium, gymnasium, stage, dance floor, lodge, and meeting rooms. The school basement, formerly used for such purposes, were converted to classrooms.




“I have never had to ask for money,” the 75-year-old Monsignor said. “The $160,000 you gave is a tribute to your faith and willingness to give.”




Msgr. O’Hern then asked the prayers of parishioners for Pope Puis XII, Bishop Burke, and himself.




“I thank God for the many graces and blessings He has given me during my 50 years of priesthood.” Msgr. O’Hern said. “Very few priests live to celebrate their golden jubilee.”




The recreation center will be the third structure Msgr. O’Hern has seen erected since he became pastor of St. Bartholomew’s parish in 1912. The congregation has grown from 60 to 4,000.




The first structure was the parish school, opened in 1914. Parishioners contributed $3 a week in a special collection. The second building, a church was erected mostly through Msgr. O’Hern’s own efforts.




The stone for the church building was donated by the city on the request of Msgr. O’Hern in 1930. The sandstone blocks once served as a cobblestone pavement on Elm Street.




“They didn’t cost me a dime,” the gray-haired monsignor said proudly. Then he added philosophically, “They were going to throw them in the dump anyway.”




Born near Olean, Msgr. O’Hern is the youngest of 14 children. He prepared for the priesthood at St. Bernard’s Seminary, Rochester, and in 1923 pioneered broadcasting Catholic Services in Buffalo.




Three elder brothers preceded him in taking the Holy Orders of the Catholic Church. They were Bishop John Francis O’Hern of Rochester, the Rev. Dennis W. O’Hern of Erie, Pa., and the Rev. Lewis J. O’Hern, CSP, executive secretary to the late Patrick Cardinal Hayes when he was archbishop of New York.




Assisting in the Mass were the Rt. Rev. Joseph P. Mc Donald of Holy Spirit Church, Very Rev. Joseph McPherson of Our Lady of Victory in Lackawanna; Rt. Rev. William F. Tobin of St. Benedict’s Church, Rt. Rev. Max Mueller of St. Mathew’s Church; Rt. Rev. Francis Garvey of St. Joseph’s New Cathedral, and the Rt. Rev. John A. Weismental of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Tonawanda.




When it was all over, a well-wisher said he hoped to see Msgr. O’Hern celebrate his 100th year in the priesthood. Parishioners had the same sentiment.




Transcribed by Kimberly B. Casey-Del Priore


6 July 2011


Msgr. Thomas J. O’Hern's obituary is forthcoming.



2). Maurice and Mary (Casey) O'Hern (-1914)- I am still working on this group.


A.)Rev. T. Maurice O'Hern


B.)Rev. William E. O'Hern


3). John T. Casey (1835-1889) and Margaret (FOLEY) Casey (-1895) I am still working on this group.


A.) Rev. John Casey



I belive this was Thomas Mulvihill of Kilpadogue, Tarbert. Son of Matthew Mulvihill and Ellen Finucane. Baptised 23 April 1868.


DEATH OF FATHER MULVIHILL. Universal regret was expressed this morning at the news that the Rev. Father Mulvihill had passed away last night. Flags were half-masted, and the greatest sorrow was felt by the community at the loss of one revered and loved by all who knew him. Of a bright and cheery disposition, the Rev. gentleman was a general favorite, and it was marvellous how he managed to preserve his evenness of disposition and vigorous interest in Church work in the face of his almost constant ill-health. For the kindly-spirited father suffered much, and at one time a few years ago his life was despaired of, but with indomitable courage he pulled through. After a furlough for the benefit of his health he returned to Gisborne, and, being granted assistance in his Church work, he continued in charge of Gisborne parish till his final sickness. For some weeks it has been felt that he could not recover, so severe was his prostration, and the end came at midnight, the Rev. Father passing away quietly, and keeping in full possession of his faculties till the last. His place in the community will be hard to fill. Although of a gentle and unassuming nature, he was a ripe scholar and gifted preacher, and an influence for good among all classes. His memory will be kept evergreen in the hearts of his congregation.

Born in County Kerry in 1868, the Rev. T. Mulvihill was educated at Maynooth and Killarney Colleges, and was ordained at Maynooth in 1892, by the Arch-Bishop of Dublin, the Right Rev. Dr. Walsh. After his ordination he ministered for four years in Edinburgh, officiating at St. Patrick's Church till the close of 1895. Coming to New Zealand for the sake of his health, he undertook diocesan work at Auckland Cathedral, and in 1898 received the appointment to the care of St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church, Gisborne. In this, his last sphere of work, he labored unremittingly and successfully for eight years, making friends on all sides by big warmheartedness and geniality. Of the Rev. Father it can truly be said that none knew him but to love him, and with the affection he inspired was joined in deep respect and regard for his high character and virtue. By the wish of the deceased Father there will be no flowers in connection with the obsequies. The funeral takes place on Monday afternoon at 2.30. At 9 a.m. a requiem mass will be held at St. Mary's for the repose of his soul.




Tony Kelly ssc died on April 12th 2011; Columban,

Tony Kelly was born in Ballyduff, Tralee, Co. Kerry on 11 April 1935.

He was educated at Holycross P.S., Thurles P.S., and C.B.S. Thurles.

He came to Dalgan in 1953 and was ordained priest on 21 December 1959.


Appointed to the Philippines in 1960, after language studies he was sent to work in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, in northern

Luzon. He spent the next forty years working in various parishes of that archdiocese and later in the newly-created Diocese of Alaminos.

He returned to Dalgan in 2002 and, in his typical quiet unobtrusive fashion, provided many small but essential services for his

fellow-Columbans in the Retirement Home.

Though a very private person, Tony was a kind and genial companion, easy to live and work with. He was a man of deep integrity and honesty. He was selfless in all that he did, and served the people of Pangasinan with total dedication. His whole life revolved around visting the people in their homes and barrios.


Tony was very interested in sport and loved to talk about Tipperary hurling. He was a keen and shrewd bridge player, and was always very willing to share his bridge skills with others. A man of deep prayer and an exemplary missionary, he will be sadly missed by his family, and his many friends in the Philippines and in Dalgan.

Tony celebrated his Golden Jubilee in 2009. He had not been feeling well in recent months, and, once diagnosed with cancer, his illness progressed rapidly. He accepted the diagnosis with the same quiet calm determination that had characterised his life and ministry. He died in St Vincent’s Hospital on 12 April 2011.


May he rest in peace.

Following a number of requests we hope in future to carry fuller reports on funerals in Dalgan along with these obituaries. We hope too that people may make use of the comment function below to add their own memories of deceased Columbans.



Fr Pat Scanlan, from Lisselton, County Kerry died peacefully in hospital on 15th January 2013. Pat usually called Padraig by his local friends, was ordained in 1954 and was originally assigned to Nigeria. He subsequently moved to Kenya, where he continued to work in Eldoret and then Kitaled dioceses until his return to Ireland just over a year ago. In his retirement he enjoyed the visits of very large numbers of friends and family including large number of contacts from his Kenya days.

Father Patrick; Scanlon, deeply regretted by his first cousins the Hanrahan families, his relatives, friends, neighbours and his Kiltegan family. Fr. Patrick is pre- deceased by his sister Joan and his brothers Michéal and Liam. Requiem Mass for Fr. Patrick at St Patrick's Chapel on Friday 18th January 2012, followed by Burial in the St. Patrick's Missionary Society, Kiltegan, Cemetery. His parents were Cait Hanrahan and Paddy Scanlon.


New Zealand Tablet, Volume XX, Issue 7, 20 November 1891, Page 9



The death ia announced of Rev. J. L. Heffernon of South Melbourne from congestion of the lungs, brought on by a severe old. The deceased was born in Ballylongford and received his early education at a classical school in Listowel afterwards entered All Hallows College, Dublin, where, for six successive years, he carried off the first prize in his class. He was ordained in 1878 and was offered a professorship in All Hallows, but he declined, preferring to join the Australian mission. At college his career was a most distinguished one, and his masters freely admitted that he was the most brilliant student that ever passed through the college. In 1878 he arrived in Melbourne and was for some years attached to St. Patrick's Cathedral.




Fr. Michael Morrison describing Belsen Concentration Camp, 11 May 1945

Fr. Michael Morrision, SJ 185228 (n. 5 October 1908, Listowel, county Kerry +7 April 1973, Dublin).

Born in Listowel, Michael Morrison grew up in Ballysimon, Limerick where he attended C.B.S, Sexton Street before finishing his schooling at Mungret College. He entered the Jesuits in 1925.

Series of letters from Fr. Michael Morrision, SJ to Fr. John MacMahon, Irish Jesuit Provincial, April - May 1945, document his involvement in the liberation of Belsen concentration camp and the trauma witnessed there. Fr. Morrison was the first priest to enter the camp.

Service Record:

1941: September: 2/5th Battalion, The Welch Regiment: Sussex, Dorset

1942: October: Middle East Forces (M.E.F.), location unknown

November: Convalescent Depot, location unknown

1943: September: No. 13 General Hospital, M.E.F. (until April)

1944: August: 2/8 Lancashire Fusiliers: Derry, Northern Ireland

December: 1/4th Battalion, The South Lancashire Regiment: Castlewellan, Co. Down

1945: April: 32 (Br.) Casualty Clearing Station, [British Liberation Army?] (B.L.A.): Belsen Concentration Camp

May: 121 (Br.) General Hospital, B.L.A.

[November]: 601 Regiment, R.A., British Army of the Rhine (B.A.O.R.)

1946: February: 113 L.A.A. Regiment, R.A., B.A.O.R.

Letters to the Provincial from Michael Morrison, S.J. include: written while serving as a chaplain with 2/5th Bn. Welch Regiment in Sussex; M.E.F. (in a Convalescent Depot, unknown location); No. 13 General Hospital, M.E.F.; 2/8 Lancashire Fusiliers in Derry; 1/4th The South Lancashire Regiment in Castlewellan, Co. Down; 32 (Br.) Casualty Clearing Station, B.L.A. ; 121 (Br.) General Hospital, B.L.A.; 601 Regiment, Royal Artillery, B.A.O.R. and 113 Light Anti-Aircraft, R.A., B.A.O.R..


Link to BBC article:


1920/21 Death


48 years, , slight build, fair completion, hair and moustache grey, Died at Bond Sprng Station, Came from Ireland, Believed to (have sister-in-law Inehenvim-a^ Farranfore Kerry Ireland, and brother Priest, Brisbane.


Recorder Port Pirie 26 June 1944



Appointed Domesti Prelate The Pope has conferred on Mons. M. B. Clune, of 'Spalding, the title of Domestic Prelate, Mons. Clune has had a distinguished career in the ecclesiastical sphere, he was born in Duagh, County Kerry, Ireland, in 1897. Educated at. Mungret College, Limerick, was ordained to the priesthood at. St. Peter's College, Wexford. Ireland, in 1921. He arrived -in the Diocese of Port Augusta in 1922. He was appointed- chancellor of the diocese in July, 1937.'On the transfer of Dr. Gilroy (Bishop of Port Augusta) to Sydney. 1943 was appointed parish priest of Spalding.




Fr Con Nolan.

Born Carrueragh, Knockanure. 31st January 1913.

Studied at St Peters Wexford. Ordained 9th June 1940.Arrived in Australia 1st November 1941.Appointed Curate at High Gate Hill, Queens Park and Ned lands. wasParish Priest at Waroona, Yarloop, Pingarra and later Chaplin to St John of God Hospital, Subiaco and St Josseph’s Hospital Bicton.

Fr Con Nolan died 21st May 1983 , his requiem mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Fatima Church Palmyra, he was laid to rest in Karrakatta Cemetery.



John Senan Moynihan, son of Thomas and Mary Moynihan, was born on 25 November 1900 at

Meeascarthy Camp, Castlegregory, County Kerry, Ireland. He was baptised on 25 November 1900.

He was educated at Aughaeasia National School (8 years) and St Brendan’s Seminary, Killarney (4

years) and matriculated in June 1918. He studied at All Hallows, Dublin from October 1918-March

1919. He joined the Capuchin Order in 1920. He was ordained in Ireland in 1925. The Capuchin

Annual was published from 1930-1977. Fr Senan OEM Cap. was Editor until 1953/1954.

He came to Perth at the invitation of Archbishop Redmond Prendiville. He arrived in Perth on 25/10/ 1959 from Ireland and was incardinated into Perth on 1 April, 1959. On arrival he took up a position as Chaplain to the Sisters at St Anne’s Hospital, Mt Lawley [now Mercy Hospital]. He was not the Chaplain for the patients.

Archbishop Redmond Prendiville appointed him the first Archivist of the Archdiocese of Perth on 25/


He died in Perth on 26 July 1970 age 70. He is buried at Karrakatta Cemetery IC 19.

He died without a Will and his estate was auctioned. I did find the original copy of Padraig Pearce’s Poems written the night before he was executed in Kilmainham Gaol. There were four sheets and they had been laminated. The heat sealing was lifting and it cost some hundreds of dollars to separate the poems from the laminating. I then sold the originals [with the permission of the Archbishop] to the National Archives in Dublin where you will be able to see them.




Irish legacy


I would like to draw your attention to a publication titled The O’Keeffe Nine.


This book is a celebration of the life of nine Irish priests who came to the Ballarat diocese from various Irish seminaries in the early 1950s.


In the late 1940s Fr Martin O’Keeffe, a priest of the Ballarat diocese, had his first trip home after many years, due to World War II and other considerations.


The then bishop of the diocese, Bishop James O’Collins, in somewhat of a throwaway line, asked Martin to “bring back a few priests with you.”


Martin took this request seriously and managed to recruit nine young men for the diocese.


Each of them left his mark on the diocese as they were all gifted and committed priests, who served the Church in Australia well. None of them lived long enough to celebrate his golden jubilee of ordination.


DEATH took place of Fr Sean Dillon on Thursday 24th October 2013 at St Patrick's Missionary Society, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow and formerly of Listowel, Lisselton. and Nigeria. Deeply regretted by his sisters-in-law, Bridie and Ann, his nieces and nephews his Kiltegan family. Father Sean is predeceased by his brothers, Thomas, Dermot and Michael. Funeral Mass on Sunday, Oct. 27th, at 12 noon followed by burial in the Society Cemetery. Fr Sean was ordained in 1951 and attended Churchyard masses in the Parish in remembrance of his Connor ancestors. In his young day he was a regular visitor to his relations Jack Maggie O Connor of Gortdronagowna. Fr Sean was son Thomas Dillon and Jane O’Connor. She was born on the 3rd March 1893. Jane was from Gortdromagowna and is the daughter of Thomas O’Connor and Julia Kennedy. Siblings of Jane, Jack and Mai died in 1984 and Sheila O Connor died in 1986 and are buried at Ahavvoher.

Fr Cornelius Kieran Campion (1925 - 2014)


Con Campion


Fr Con Campion

" He will be remembered as a kind and committed missionary, a man of courage and initiative, a warm-hearted and dedicated priest, a friend to all" .

Cornelius ("Con") Campion was born in Ballagh, Errill, Co. Laois on 26th July 1925. Educated at Errill NS and St Kieran's College, Kilkenny, he came to Dalgan in 1943 and was ordained priest on 21st December 1949.


Appointed to the Philippines in 1950, he spent the next thirty-four years there, all of them on the southern island of Mindanao. He served as pastor in the parishes of Ozamis City, Clarin, Tangub and Oroquieta City. His prodigius energy ensured that even the most distant villages were visited regularly, and that wherever the rights of the poor were threatened every effort was made to ensure that they were treated justly.

In 1984, he was appointed to mission promotion work, and from the Glasgow house, he visited most of the Catholic parishes in Scotland over the next four years. From 1989 to 1996 he faced a new challenge and became part of the Columban mission to Belize, Central America. This was followed by three years pastoral work in Jamaica, West Indies.


On celebrating his Golden Jubilee in 1999 he returned to a slower pace of life as a retiree in Dalgan. There he helped out in the editorial offices of the Far East, and was always available to do some shopping for those who were less mobile, or to bring a group out for a drive on a sunny afternoon.


Interested in every aspect of the life of the Society, he had firm convictions on most topics and gladly shared them with others. As his health failed in recent years, he was most appreciative of the level of care he and his companions received in the Dalgan Nursing Home. He read widely, had an extraordinary memory for details of every kind, and was totally involved in the affairs of the house until the end. He will be remembered as a kind and committed missionary, a man of courage and initiative, a warm-hearted and dedicated priest, a friend to all.



Thomas Francis was ordained a priest in 1900. He built a cathedral in Billings, Montana in 1906 called St Patricks Co Cathedral. His parents In 1874 Thomas Stack, originally from Lissahane,  married to Hanora o Donoghue from Ballyrehan,  Lixnaw purchased a House from John Dillane Church Street, Listowel. Their first son Thomas Francis was born October 15 1874 . Fr Thomas Francis Stack. (Glendive Montana USA,  died in 1912.


Fr Michael Kiely  b1904, Church Street, Listowel , served in Sydney son of Jack Kiely and Hanora Fitzgerald they had a big family, Jack died young.


DEATH has taken place of Sr. Rosalie Enright, Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary, Cavan and late of Tarbert, Co. Kerry, on August 8th 2014. Was serving in S. Africa, Kenya and Zambia. Survived by the Holy Rosary Sisters, her brothers Danny, Gerry and Tommy, her sisters Breda and Sr. Aquin, sisters-in-law, Maureen, Stella and Bea, brother-in-law Sean, nieces, nephews. Requiem Mass For Sr. Roslalie was celebrated in Tarbert Church on Monday 11th at 11am, Mass for Sister will be celebrated in the Cathedral of Ss Patrick & Felim, Cavan on Tuesday at noon, followed by burial in Cullies Cemetery.


Gerald Griffin born 12th Dec 1803 died Christian Brother Cork in 1840 son of Patrick Griffin and Ellen Geary of Limerick .His grandfather James Griffin died 1798 aged 68yrs .It is claimed that his Great Grandfather was Francis Griffin who married Nora Fitzgerald and lived at Glenalappa , Newtownsandes .Gerald Griffins sister Lucy Sr Evangelist born 1806 died 1844 .Joined Presentation Convent Youghal in 1837.Her sister Anne Sr Baptist 1805 -1878 Entered Sisters of Charity, Superior Clarinbridge 1844 died there 1878 . Three of their cousins joined The Mercy Order in Limerick . The first Ellen Entered 1840 , Bridget Entered 1852, Maria Entered 1853 she died 1908 .Several of their nephews joined the Priesthood , Rev Frederick died 1902, Rev Carroll Nash died 1889, Rev John died 1939, Rev Gerald died 1940 .Another cousin Sr Mary Westropp Brereton a Mercy Sister Limerick. Gearld Griffins sister Bridget married Mr. White. They had five daughters in religion in the USA. His brother Dan had a daugter Alice born on the 22rd of February 1847. She was known as Sr. Magdalen F.C.J. She died in Canada on the 30th of April 1901. She was of the order of the Faithful Companions of Jesus. She made her vows in Brittany in France on the 28th of July 1872. The order had a house in Clarendon Street, London.






Knockanure Moyvane and Tarbert Sisters and Priests






Goretti Ahern.
Shelia Behan Coilagurteen Franciscan, died JAN 1995 USA.
Paul Bunce died Tralee 2002.
Emelian Bunce died 2004.
Costelloe Trien and AUS.
Mary Ellen Cunningham Kilbaha and Kansas, died 1989.
Cunningham, Kilbaha.
Ignatius Cunningham.
Estelle Cunningham Kilbaha, died 1987,Aged 89 yrs.
Mary Carmody.
Mary Theophane Collins Prof 1938.
Hannah Carmody Gortdromosillihy.
Cyril Jane Doherty Provincial Loreto, died 1927.
David Doherty pres Tralee, died 1871,aged 29 yrs.
Austin Doherty Presentation Tralee, died 1919,born Ahalanna.
Anastasia Enright Aughrim died 2002.
Debora Flaherty AUS and Murhur.
Theresa Flaherty Belfast and Murhur.
Berchmans Flaherty London and Murhur.
Mary Andrew Flaherty London and Murhur.
Flaherty's of Tubbertureen
Nuala, Peg, Lancashire,
Margaret, Mary Baltimore, Maryland,
Loreto, Bridie, England.
Majella Hannie.
Michael Flaherty, Glenalappa.
Nora Flaherty Glenalappa.
Magdalene Foran Presentation Millstreet and Moyvane.
Gabrielle Galvan, Bauragoogeen .
Margaret Galvin, worked in Wales.
Phil Goulding Knockanure.
Goulding Knockanure.
Nora Enright Aughrim.
Mgt Hanrahan.
Mary Hanrahan, Kilbaha and England.
Veronica Hanrahan, Kilbaha Prof 1965 Holy Ghost Sisters.
Stanislaus Kennelly Pres Cork Gortdromagowna, Died 1957.
Magdalene Kennelly Pres. Cork, died 1989.
Regis Kennelly, Presentation Listowel, died 1933,age 51 yrs
St Ann Kennelly, Presentation Listowel, died 1926,age 37.
Gerard Kennelly pres Tralee, died 1965
Kennelly England, daughter of Dan and Mary Stack.
Sarah Kearney Moyvane.
Lydia de Eugene Kearney in France of Moyvane Village.
Kissane Bauragoogeen .
Mai Looney Kilmorna.
Mary of the Sacred Heart Leahy Lisaniska and Galway died 5th 4th 1994.
Josephine Leahy N Z.
Imelda Leahy India died aged c90 yrs c1950.
Nora Leahy India died aged c24 yrs.
Josephine Leahy sister of Tim of Beenanasbig. Entered Lady's of Mary , Forest Hill 1937
Johanna Leahy daughter of Tim and Johanna Cummane.
Declan Murphy Knockanure and Ferbane Prof 1945.
Mary McMahon Listowel Pres.
McMahon Gortaglanna and England.
Maria Moore Keylod
Joseph Moore born C1900 Presentation and Kilmorna.
Francis Teresa Moore Wexford and Keylod, died 1975.
Mary Ellen Moore RSM, born 1912 Aughrim, died 1996.
Hanora Mc Elligott.
Mary Rita Mulvihill Good Shepherd Waterford.
Elaine Mc Elligott NTS Village.
Anastasia Moloney Coilagurteen, died June 1992 age 95 years.
Josephine Mulvihill NTS village.
Ellen Mulvihill NTS village.
Bride Mulvihill NTS village.
Kathleen Nolan NTS daughter of Tom and Liz Stack born c1920.
Anthony O'Carroll of Gortdromagowna and Aus.
Rose Carroll of Knockanure and Cork died 25th July 1993 aged 87 yrs.
Brendan Carroll Knockanure.
Augustine and Cornelius O Connor Inchamore.
Theresa O Connor Keylod and Fresno died 1997.
O Connor Keylod.
O Connor Keylod.
Patricia O Connor (Hannah) Kilbaha and Cork.
Patricia O Connor Barr Convent Kill 1943,born Gortdromosillihy.
Mary O Connor Gortdromagowna and Cork Died Dec 1993.
Euphrasia O Connor and her sister Annie of Gortdromagowna
Kathleen O Keeffe Kilmorna.
Mary Teresa Quinn.
Margaret Sullivan Trien and USA.
Mina Sullivan Kilbaha.
Sullivan Kilbaha.
Br Leo Sullivan Trien had two sisters Nuns.
Dympna Stack Moyvane South , and Galway .
Stella Stack Carrueragh .
Bob Stack had two aunts nuns of Carrueragh.
Martina Scanlon Kilmeaney and Claremorris.
Scanlon Kilmeaney and Wexford died1943.
Sheehy Lisaniska and India died aged 96 yrs.
Claude Sheehy Aughrim and Pres Tralee.
Ann Sheehy Mercy Bristol .
Josie Shanahan Pres Castleisland died 1971 aged 86 yrs .
Marie Shanahan Inchamore and California .Entered Ardfert .
Kathleen Shanahan a sister of above entered Ardfert .
Veronica Sheehan Kilbaha , Sisters of St Joseph of Annecy
Bernadette Sheehan Kilbaha, Golden Jubilee 2003.
Hannah Walsh Barragogeen.
Ida Walsh died 2006.
Sheila Walsh NTS Village.
Nora Walsh NTS Village .
Mary, Nora and Peg Walsh Leitrim . Their father a postman .
Mary Teresa Windle , Mercy Newcastle upon tyne.
Bridget Windle born 1920 .
Nora Windle Indiana died 1984 .
Catherine Sr. Conrad Windle Mercy Tralee .





Bishops and Priests
From Moyvane Parish

Archbishop Edward Carmody, Born 1934, son of Michael Carmody and Mary Stack, Ordained in Carlow in 1957, Appointed Bishop of Tyler in 1992, and appointed Archbishop of Corpus Christi Texas 2000.
Archbishop E. J. Fitzmaurice, born in Leitrim, Moyvane, in 1881 son of William Fitzmaurice and Hannah Costelloe, Ordained in 1904, appointed Bishop of Wilrnington Del. Appointed titular Archbishop in 1960, died in 1962.

Bishop John J. Fitzmaurice uncle of the above born in 1840, Ordained in 1862, appointed Bishop of Erie in 1899, died in 1920.

Bishop James Moore, born in 1832 at Keylod, Moyvane, son of Patrick Moore and Alice Dunne. Appointed Bishop of Ballarat, Australia in 1884, died in 1904.

Bishop Collins CSSR, born in Moyvane 1921, son of Michael Collins and Catherine O'Connor, Bishop of Mircena, Brazil.

Moyvane Priests
Fr. Tom McElligott DD, died in 1967.
Fr. Edward McElligott. Ordained in Carlow in 1939, was in Kenya from 1951 to 1954, died in 1982 (a Kiltegan Father).
Fr. Patrick Collins, Salesian died on the 27th March 1969.
Fr. John Shine, P.P. Ordained in 1947 for the Kerry Diocese.
Fr. Myles Keamey. Ordained in 1938 for New Orleans, died July 1979.
Fr. Myles Keamey. Ordained in 1971 (nephew of above).
Fr. Thade Enright. Born in 1857, buried in Murhur Cemetery in 1892.
Fr. Denis Buckley. Ordained in 1849, worked in Kenya and New York, died 24th January 1992.
Fr. Michael Buckley. Brother of above.
Fr. Patrick. Cunningham. Ordained in 1929, son of Maurice Cunningham and Mary Ann Foran, was in the Diocese of New Orleans, died in 1984 aged 81 years.
Fr. James Cunningham. Ordained in 1939, (brother of the above). 1913-1966.
Fr. John Shanahan S.J. was in the Diocese of New Orleans in 1902. When Br. Austin Shanahan died at Presentation Monastery Cork, Ireland.

Fr. Shanahan. Died in United States 1970.

Fr. Con Hanrahan, worked in his Ministry in Melbourne Diocese 1949.

Fr. Joseph Walsh. Mill-Hill Fathers. Born in 1924, son of Maurice Walsh and Mary Hanrahan, Ordained in 1949.
Fr. Walsh (uncle of above).
Fr. Maurice Kissane, his mother was Walsh.
Fr. Edmond J. Kissane. Ordained in 1919, died in 1973. Syracuse U.S.A.
Fr. Patrick Ahern. Born in 1932. Son of John Ahern and Margaret Walsh.
Fr. Dan Ahern. (brother of above) Born in 1936. Ordained in 1961. Columban Fathers, Fiji.
Fr. Michael Scanlon. Entered 1845. Believed to be Ordained by St. John Newman of Philadelphia.
Fr. Maurice Kennelly. Born in 1854. Son of Daniel Kennelly and Catherine Mahony. Ordained in AH. Died in U.S.A. in 1934.

Fr. James Kissane. Born in 1928. Kerry Diocese.
Fr. John Corridan. Ordained in 1951, Kerry Diocese. Died in 1982.
Fr. John Flaherty. (A great Moyvane Footballer), works in Florida.

Fr. Robert Nolan. Ordained in 1887. Died in 1901 in Iowa, U.S.A.. Son of Daniel Nolan and Mary Cox.
Fr. Michael F. Nolan. (brother of above) and attended his funeral in 1901.
Fr. Michael Galvin. Ordained 1933 in Carlow. Died 1967, buried in Murhur Churchyard, Moyvane. Son of William Galvin and Mary Windle.

Fr. John Stack. Ordained for Kerry 1907. Went to USA. Ministered at Rockaway Beach. Celebrated his Golden Jubilee there.
Fr. William O'Connor. Ordained for Kerry in 1883. He had brothers Con and John. Died Parish Priest of Annascaul 1914.

Fr. Michael Kennelly. Son of Timothy Kennelly and Mary Jane Hanrahan. Built a fine school at Tampa, Florida.
Fr. William Kennelly, like his brother above was a member of the Jesuit Order. They had several granduncles Jesuits.
Fr. Timothy Hanrahan. Born c1890. Ordained for Harrisburg in 1919. Died the 16th October 1935.
Fr. Michael Hanrahan. Born 1933. Son of Patrick Hanrahan and Julia Shanahan. Ordained Kilkenny 1959. Ministered in Florida. Died 1999. Buried Ahavoher Cemetery, Moyvane.

Fr. John Scanlon. Ordained for Kerry. Died 1985. Buried Moyvane.

Fr. Maurice Kennelly. Born in 1854. Son of Daniel Kennelly and Catherine Mahony. Ordained in 1879. Ministered in San Francisco USA. Died in 1934.
Fr. Richard Carr. Born in 1853. Died 23rd. May 1895 in Chiltern Australia.
Fr. John Collins. Born in 1869. Died in Melbourne, Australia in 1936. Son of William Collins and Mary Shanahan.

Fr. Robert Stack. Born in 1849. Died in 1895 in Watertown USA. Son of Patrick Stack and Margaret Sullivan.
Fr. Edmond Stack (brother of above Robert). Ordained in 1890. Died in 1921.

Fr. Gerard Stack. Ordained in 1873. Born in 1846. Died in 1906. Son of Maurice Stack and Catherine Larkin.

Fr. Con. Hanrahan. Born 1892. Died in 1945 in Melbourne, Australia. Uncle of Denis Hanrahan.
Fr. Michael Mulvihill. Born 1847. Son of Patrick Mulvihill and Hanora Walsh.

Knockanure Priests
Fr. Francis Moore. Born 1813. Died in 1892 and is buried in Killarney. Date on his Headstone is 1882. Son of Patrick Moore and Mary O'Henry.
Fr. Thomas Moore. Ordained 1932 for Adelaide Diocese, Australia. Born 1907. Retired in 1986 and is living in Listowel.

Fr. Thomas O'Sullivan. Ordained in 1920 in Carlow for Diocese of California. Died 1962.

Fr. James Leahy. Ordained in 1937. Born 1919. Died in 1999 and is buried in Old Knockanure. Son of Thomas Leahy and Elizabeth Keane.
Fr. Michael Leahy. (brother of above James) Ordained in 1944. Is now retired Monsignor of Listowel.
Fr. Tom McMahon, one of the last Knockanure students in All Hallows, ministering in England.

Fr.Michael Carroll. Ordained Thurles 1934 for Cardiff. Son of Jeremiah Carroll and Mary O'Gorman.
Fr. Austin O'Callaghan. Ordained 8th June 1958. Died Curate of Irromore 1986. Son of Padraig O'Callaghon and Elizabeth Cronin.
Fr. Brendan O'Callaghan. Ordained 1960 (brother of above).

Fr. Patrick Larkin. Ordained 1916 for Wichita. Born 1892. Retired in 1954. Died 1980.
Fr. Patrick Larkin. Jnr. (nephew of above) Ordained 1955 at St. Kieran's for Kansas.
Fr. Con Nolan. Ordained at Wexford 1940 for Perth, Australia. Chaplain to St. John of God Hospital, Salvado Road, Subioco, Western Australia.

Fr. Luke O'Carroll. Born 1856. Died 1938 in Los Angeles in retirement.
Fr. Michael hunt. 1851. Son of Michael Hunt and Nora Mahony. Ordained for Hartford. Died there in 1912.
Fr. James Hunt. (brother of above Michael) Ordained 1871. Born 1848. Died 1912 in Sacramento.
Fr. Con O'Connor. 1847. Son of Con O'Connor and Margaret Leahy. Died 1898.
Fr. Michael O'Connor. Born 1855. Ordained for San Francisco.(brother of above Con.)
Fr. John o'Connor. Uncle of Jack Maggie O'Connor. Ordained c.1907.

Fr. William Moloney. Ordained 1864. Ministered on the Gold Dust Trails. Born 1841. Died in 1903 in Sutter Creek. Son of Tadhg Moloney and Catherine Enright.
Fr. William Broderick. Ordained 5th June 1947.

Fr. Con Connor. Ordained 1945. Died 1989. Son of Patrick Connor and Nora Pierce. Born 1910.
Fr. John Connor. Ordained 1935. Died 1993. Ministered in Sacramento {brother of above)
Fr. Michael Connor. Ordained 1933. Born 1908. Ministered in Los Angeles. {brother of above)
Fr. Patrick Moore. Ordained 1863. Born 1834. Died 1880. Ministered in Melbourne Diocese. Son of Patrick Moore and Alice Dunne. Brother of Bishop James Moore.
Fr. Patrick Moore. Ordained in Killamey 1874. Born 1852. Died 3rd May 1879 at his mothers home. Son of Tom Moore and Bridget Madigan of Shanagolden area.
Fr. Thomas Austin Moore. Born 1842. Son of Michael Moore and Mary Naughton. Gave his position to Fr. Moore in Summer of 1877 and left Ballarat.
Fr. Patrick Michael Moore. Born 1840. {brother of above Thomas. Registered in Melbourne 1863. Died Ballarat c.1880.

Fr. Foran. P.P. Prior died Ilth February 1906. Buried Murhur aged 56 years.
Fr. Michael Nolan. Born in Ardagh. Ordained 1896. Gives his Parish as Newtowndillon.
Fr. John O'Connoll. Died aged 36 years on 9th April 1822. Buried in Murhur.
Fr. John B. Cunningham. Died 17th July 1885. Ordained Louvin 26th June 1885. Buried in Murhur.




Tom Buckley ord. Maynooth; Fr James Buckley ord. at Allhallows 1934.
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Mothers name in brackets.

Fr De Coursey of Doonard House.
Fr Liam Murphy, CSSp ( Sheehan). Glencullare.
Fr Michael Murphy, OFM. (Sheehan) Glencullare.
Fr Mossie Flynn, Carmelite?. (Dowling) Glencullare.
Fr ? Foley Salesian of Pullen.
Fr Dan Finucane ord 1902 of Farranwana, died Killorglin Feb. 1964.
Fr Paddy and Fr Con Holly, both CSSp, (Colbert) of Tarbert.
Fr Liam Mulahy Tarbert and USA (O Connor).
Fr Tim Enright Doonard CSSp, (O Hanlon)
Fr Tim Buckley CSSP of Tarmons, ord. 1951.
Fr Martin Buckley CSSp, Tarmons ord. 1957.
Fr Timothy Buckley USA and Tarmons died 1977 ( O Connor).
Fr Jack Buckley USA.
Fr William Ahern of Kerry Diocese buried Tarbert, ord. 1900.
Fr John O Connor ord c 1950s Tarbert and England, O Connor).
Fr Philip O Connell, (O Connor) Kerry Diocese, ord. c 1950s, Nephew of Sr. Nancy O Connor, Loretto of India.
Fr Tom O Hanlon, Dooncaha, (Moran), ord. 1969. Columban.
Fr James O Hanlon, Dooncaha, ( Moran), ord.1965.
Fr willie Walsh Doonard, ( Collins) went to Australia.
Fr John Walsh, Doonard, ( Collins) went to Australia.
They had a Brother in India.
Fr James O Sullivan, Tarbert and USA
Fr J.E O Connor Tarbert died 1934.
Fr John Enright, Golden Jubilee June 2003.
Fr Richard Fitzmaurice of Tarbert, PP Kenmare 1819 to `38.
Fr William Burns O.M.I died Nov. 8th 1956.
Fr Michael Fallon of NSW his grandmother of Tarbert.
Fr John Naughton PP Boherbue d 1882.
Fr Andrew Stack ( O Connor) buried Tarbert.
Said that there were four priests of Mangan descent.

Tarbert Clergy
1770 Fr Maurice Hely Lislaughtin; 1770 Fr Tom Fitzmaurice, Ballylongford; Fr O Shea PP Ballylongford 1730;
1823 Fr Tom Mc Donogh1835 Fr Dan McCarthy; Fr John Enright, Tarbert/ Ballylongford; 1832 Fr O Connor, Tarbert/ Ballylongford; 1934 Fr Dan O Sullivan PP Ballylongford; 1834 Fr John Barry C.C. Tarbert/ Ballylongford; 1873 Fr Dan Harrington ord 1852; Check, Fr Pat Foley died 1869 , buried at Brewery Road Cemetery in Tralee . Fr Dan Foley P.P. Tarbert 1859- 1906; Fr Sean Martin 1906-`17; Fr Jeremiah O Connor 1917 died July 4th 1934; Fr Tom Courtaine 1934-`48; Fr Tom Supple 1949- 63, died aged 78 years, Born at Ballyheigue; Fr Michael Leahy; Fr John Maher.

Fr James Charles O Connor son of James O Connor of the Spa who died 1819, his mother Betsy O Connell was sister in law of Daniel O Connell. The O Connors came from Tarbert.

Fr Paud O Brien, Roscrea, cousin of Cregans of Piermount.

Ancestors of Archbishop Walsh of Dublin are said to have come from Tarbert then to Clare and Dublin.
Tom Buckley ord. Maynooth; Fr James Buckley ord. at Allhallows 1934.
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Fr John L Heffernan Fr Heffernan was born in Ballylongford, County Kerry in 1855. After his study at All Hallows' College he was ordained in 1878 and late in that same year arrived in Melbourne. He was appointed to assist at St Patrick's Cathedral and was in charge of the Clifton Hill district, which at that time was part of the Cathedral parish. Fr Heffernan was then appointed to the new Warragul Mission and then the new Diocese of Sale in 1887. In January 1888, he was appointed the new administrator of St Francis' until April 1891 when he moved to South Melbourne. Fr Heffernan died three months later on 6 July 1891. Fr William Quilter Born in Listowel, County Kerry, Fr Quilter studied at All Hallows' College and was ordained in 1877. Soon after his ordination, he arrived in Melbourne and was stationed at Elsternwick, prior to moving to Dandenong, South Melbourne and Kew. In October 1895 he came to St Francis' and stayed there until his death on 20 April 1926, at the age of seventy-six. Fr James Moore Fr Moore studied in All Hallows' College and was ordained in 1859. He came to Australia as chaplain to a group of immigrants and was appointed administrator of St Francis' from July 1859 - May 1862. He was then appointed to Keilor and in September 1866 to Ballarat, where he succeeded Dr Shiel as priest-in-charge. In 1869 he was appointed Dean, and later became Vicar-General to Dr O'Connor, the first Bishop of Ballarat. Following the death of the Bishop, he was appointed administrator of the diocese from 1884 and died in 1904.







Sr. Mary Estelle was born Margaret Cunningham in 1898 in Kilbaha, Newtownsandes (now Moyvane), Co. Kerry. Her parents were Richard Cunningham and Brigid Dore. At the age of 17 she and her older sister Johanna joined the Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia, Kansas where a distant relative, John Francis Cunningham, was a bishop. Sr. Mary Estelle worked as a nurse for many years at St. Joseph's Hospital in Belvedere, Illinois where she died in 1987 aged 89.

Johanna, Sr. Mary Estelle's sister, became Sr. Mary Ellen and worked in El Paso, Texas for a time before moving back to Concordia to work in St. Anthony's Hospital there. Sr. Mary Ellen died in Concordia in 198


Fr William Moloney lately arrived from Ireland took up a tempory position in Sierra Valley where lived about 1000 people many of them Ranchers in 1868 . He is noted as being the first Missionary to visit the north of Pumas County . Visiting Johnsville on Deer Creek , Quincy, Indian Valley, Susanville and Honey Lake Valley in Lassen County . He was the first Priest in Lassen County . The records show that Fr William Moloney was very active on the Missions in California and Nevada .He gave 40yrs service to the Church in this area . Journies of 50 miles were common . At times he would be 100 miles from the end of the trail at Downieville where mining took place in 1880 . He named his famous Horse Charley . In the mountain area of Northern California travel in winter was difficult with deep snow drifts . To travel you would need a pine board 4" wide and 8 to 12ft long fixed to the soles of shoes a long stick was needed for balance . A priest had to be strong and fit to cope with the hardships of Missionary life . It took 6 weeks to make the circuit from Truckee to Alturas and back home again . Fr William Moloney son of Tadhg and Kate Enright born Coilagurteen, Knockanure in 1841 Ordained 1864, died Sutter Creek 1903 . He was a brother of M T Moloney Solicitor General Ottawa .Inscriptions on Family Headstone Gale Cemetery , Timothy Moloney died Nov 1st 1885 aged 93yrs . Memorial Erected by their son Maurice Moloney Ottawa Ill. USA . Also remembered son John Moloney who died Jan 19th 1904 .his wife Ellen died 13th April 1908 .son Edward Moloney died Nov 5th 1872 aged 27yrs.

Tom Neville Stack
Information from Miss Mai Quillinan .
Tom Stack was married in Carrueragh Kilmorna , to Mary Neville of Carrigkerry . They had three sons the eldest born on christmas night 1849 was called Thomas Neville Stack . The second son Maurice Tom Stack married Mary Goulding their children were Tom Maurice and John Maurice Tom inherited the farm while John went to America . The third brother of Tom Neville Stack was called William he got a farm in Carrigkerry .
Mai Quillinans mother Ellie Stack was daughter of Maurice Tom Stack a brother of Tom Neville .
Mais father Michael Quillinan of Blossom Hill Rathkeale , Co Limerick . Tom Neville Stack Founded The Finance Union Journal in 1877 .It is reported that three generations before Tom Neville a member of the Stack family was a Butter Merchant in Cork who had a brother a Banker .
Another Stack Nicholas Moore Stack a man of culture and an actor taught at Maynooth and Carlow College .
Tom Neville himself was a Journalist a Financier and a Poet his second wife was a daughter of Mr Andrew Thunder of Dublin .
Mr Thunder went to Clongroves Wood College . He died aged 45yrs .
Mr and Mrs Stack were married for over 20yrs and had five children.
In 1895 Tom Neville Stack was one of the Founders of the British Homes Assurance Corporation Ltd. .
He was also an Officer in the 2nd London Rifles which was founded by Prince Albert .
Tom Neville Stacks views on Irish Banking are contained in the Blue Book which was issued by a committee of the House of Commons

Knockanure Branch of the Land League

A meeting of the Branch was held on Sunday 1885. Mr T. W. Leahy in the chair. Other officers were Mr Patrick Kennelly, Mr J. T. Nolan honouree secretary, Mr. James o Connor, Mr. Hugh Goulding, Mr. John Carroll. Mr. M. o Connor, Mr. Dan F. Leahy, Mr. W. T. Leahy, Mr. James o Sullivan, Mr. Dunne.Honouree secretary of Athea Branch also Present.Reports of previous meetings were also read. A large number handed in their subscriptions and received cards for membership. Subsequently a large contingent headed by the Athea fife and drum band marched into the village. A large crowd had assembled outside the League room and were addressed by Mr. D. T. Leahy Mr. J O Sullivan and Mr P Dunne who spoke forcibly on the necessity of the organising the friendly feeling between Farmers and labourers vote of thanks to the Athea Contingent brought the Proceedings to a close. The Release of Knockanure Land League Prisoners in 1885 who arrived in Listowel by train from Tralee was greeted with deafening cheers. Mr. James o Sullivhan of Kilmorna presented of behalf of the noble young ladies of the parish a bouquet of flowers to Daniel Leahy and his colleagues who were just realised from prison. A crowd headed by the Listowel Brass Band marched through to Mr. Stacks new house. A meeting chaired by John Fitzpatrick of St. Michaels Collage was held. Others attending were J. Condon, solicitor Newcastlewest. J. Moran, solicitor, Listowel.
J. Stack M.P for North Kerry addressed the Meeting. A vote of thanks having been passed the people dispersed. The released prisoners were entertained to dinner at the residence of Mr. John Stack


Bishop Edmond Carmody, the second of a family of thirteen children of Michael Carmody and Mary Stack, was born in Moyvane, County Kerry, Ireland, on January 12, 1934. In September of 1951, he entered the Major Seminary of St. Patrick in Carlow, where he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of San Antonio on June 8, 1957. In 1983, Bishop Carmody went with the St. James Society as a Missionary to Latin America, where he worked for five years as a Missionary in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Only a few days before completing his five-year Missionary assignment there, he was called home by Archbishop Patrick Flores because Pope John Paul II appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio. He was ordained as a Bishop on December 15, 1988. Bishop Carmody served as Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio from 1988 until 1992. On May 25, 1992, he was installed Bishop of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas. On February 3, 2000, Pope John Paul II named Bishop Carmody Bishop of Corpus Christi, Texas. He was installed the seventh Bishop on March 17, 2000. Bishop Carmody currently serves as a member on the Marriage and Family Life Committee for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. At the November 2000 meeting of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Carmody was elected Chairman of the Church in Latin America Committee Bishop Carmody served on the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Adhoc Hoc Committee on Economic Concerns of the Holy See (Jan. 2001) and the USCC Bishops' Committee on World Mission (Nov. 2001)



The death has occurred of Sr. Baptist Kennelly of North Presentation Convent, Gerald Griffin Street, Cork and Skibbereen on November 26, 2006, Requiem Mass at the Cathedral. for Sr. Baptist Kennelly on Tuesday Nov. 27th `06. Funeral afterwards to St Catherine's Cemetery, Kilcully.




KENNELLY , Rev. Fr. Michael F. S.J. (New Orleans, late of Kilbaha, Moyvane,

Co. Kerry) Jan. 3, 2011 former President of Lyola University in his 97th

year, Ignatius , he is survived by his sister Mae Jane Conlon in New York

and brother Tim Kennelly at Charleville, Predeceased by his sisters Mrs.

Breda Clifford, Miss Katherine Kennelly, and Mrs. Eilis Kelly, his brothers

John Kennelly, Patrick Kennelly, Rev. William Kennelly, Daniel Kennelly, and

James Kennelly.

Mass in thanksgiving of his life at the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane

on Saturday Feb. 19 at 7.30 o'c.

Requiem Mass for Fr Michael Francis Kennelly was celebrated at

Holy Name of Jesus Church [6363 St. Charles Ave, New Orleans] on Friday,

January 7- 2011 following Mass Michael F Kennelly was laid to rest at St.

Charles College at Grand Coteau, LA.



Rev. Michael Francis Kennelly, S.J., aged 96, departed this life on January

3, 2011, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The son of Timothy Kennelly and Mary

Jane Hanrahan Kennelly, he was born on May 22, 1914 in Kilbaha, in Kerry,


Coming to the United States in 1929, he attended Regis High School in New

York and the then high-school division of Spring Hill College, graduating in

1933. He joined the Society of Jesus, (the Jesuits) on June 9 of that year,

entering the novitiate in Grand Coteau, LA. He continued studies at St.

Charles College in Grand Coteau and Spring Hill College. After three years

of teaching at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida, he began theology

studies for the priesthood, being ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June

16, 1946 in St. Mary's College in Kansas.

Father Kennelly then began many years of service in administration in the

Jesuits' high schools. He was principal in St. John's High School in

Shreveport, LA from 1948-53 and then became president of Jesuit High School

in Tampa [1953-59), where he supervised the move of the school to its

present location. He then founded Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School

in Houston, TX, where he served as president until 1970. From 1970-74, he

served as president of Loyola University in New Orleans, LA.

Later years were devoted to the parish apostolate, especially at Sacred

Heart Church in Tampa, where he was associate pastor and then pastor from

1982-1990. After seven additional years of service at Jesuit High School in

Tampa as vice-president, he returned to Sacred Heart as pastor emeritus

until 2002, when he moved to Ignatius Residence in New Orleans, his place of

residence at the time of his death.

Father Kennelly is preceded in death by his parents and by his sisters Mrs.

Breda Clifford, Miss Katherine Kennelly, and Mrs. Eilis Kelly, as well as by

his brothers John Kennelly, Patrick Kennelly, Rev. William Kennelly, Daniel

Kennelly, and James Kennelly. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mary Jane

Conlon, and by a brother, Mr. Timothy Kennelly, as well as by many nieces

and nephews and by a large number of friends.

Visitation will be held at Holy Name of Jesus Church at 6363 St. Charles

Ave, New Orleans on Friday, January 7, from 9:30 am. until the funeral Mass

at 10:30. Interment will follow at St. Charles College at Grand Coteau, LA.

A Memorial Service will be held in Houston at Strake Jesuit in the Lahart

Chapel of St. Ignatius on Tuesday, January 11 at 7:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers and in order to acknowledge his life of ministry and

education and to provide for the education of young Jesuits and the care of

elder Jesuits, donations are requested to "The Jesuits," 710 Baronne St.,

Ste B., New Orleans, LA 70113.



Published in Houston Chronicle on January 6, 2011


Fr. Michael Kennelly, SJ, founding president of Strake Jesuit, passed away

on Monday, January 3 in New Orleans. At the time of his death he was the

oldest member of the Province.


A Memorial Service will be held at Strake Jesuit in the Lahart Chapel of St.

Ignatius on Tuesday, January 11 at 7:00 pm.


Fr. Kennelly was just 14 years old when he left his native Ireland and

sailed to America on board the S.S. Mauretania, the first of many adventures

in a long, rich life. After living with an aunt and uncle in the Bronx and

attending Regis High School in Manhattan, he continued his Jesuit education

at Spring Hill boarding school in Alabama.


In 1933, he entered the New Orleans Province’s novitiate at Grand Coteau,

Louisiana. As president of Jesuit High School, Tampa, he oversaw that

historic institution’s move to a new, greenfield site. He also served with

distinction as president of Loyola University, New Orleans. In the decade

between those two prestigious assignments, Fr. Kennelly served as Strake

Jesuit’s first president.


When he arrived in Houston in 1959, a Jesuit high school was little more

than a dream; when he left in 1970, nine permanent buildings stood on

campus. Fr. Kennelly has remarked on the “openness and enthusiasm” of the

Houstonians who helped him make the dream a reality, and these are qualities

that his legions of friends and admirers in Houston and the other cities

where he worked noted in him.


"Our recently published 50th anniversary book tells many wonderful stories

about the early years here and the important work that Fr. Kennelly did to

get us started," noted school president Fr. Daniel Lahart, SJ.




Saints of God, come to his aid!

Hasten to meet him angels of the Lord!

Receive his soul and present him to God the Most High.


Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord,

And let perpetual light shine upon him.

May he rest in peace. Amen.









January 07, 2011

A long life, well-lived, you contributed enormously to the communities in

which you served. We will remember a man who was a fountain of knowledge,

great company and exemplified leadership, integrity and hard work. Rest in

peace, Fr Mike. Love, your grand-niece Niamh and family, Athlone, Ireland.



January 07, 2011

Fantastic childhood memories of your visits home to Ireland. You will be

missed by all. Le ghrá, Catherine


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.


Catherine Mulvihill,

Glasgow, Scotland

January 07, 2011

Fantastic childhood memories of your visits home to Ireland. You will be

missed. Le ghrá, Catherine


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.


Catherine Mulvihill,

Glasgow, Scotland

January 07, 2011

Fr Mike,

Our grand-uncle, our friend, our inspiration. You have been & will be sadly

missed by all back in Ireland. Your voyage through life & throughout the

globe will long be remembered. You paved the way for those after you to

strive for better things. Thanks for it all. You will be sadly missed.

Ensure the legacy forever....


James Kennelly Jnr,

Vancouver, British Columbia

January 07, 2011

In loving memory of a very dear uncle. You achieved much in your lifetime

but always retained the common touch. We greatly enjoyed your visits home to

the Kingdom of Kerry. We now pray that you receive your eternal reward in

the Kingdom of God and ask you to continue to guide and inspire us all.

Love Seamus, Annette, Colm, Ciara, Aine and Orla.



January 07, 2011

You will be sadly missed, however we have such fond memories of your visits

home to Moyvane. May you rest in peace. With lots of love, your grand-niece

Karen, Ronan & Ella Farrell

January 07, 2011

Someone so special, who contributed so much to family, life and society can

never be forgotten. His legacy will live on. While we are mourning his loss

after a long and distinguished life others are rejoicing to meet him behind

the veil.

Timmy & Anna Maria Kennelly & family

January 06, 2011

January 06 - 2011

A dearly loved uncle & granduncle who has left us with a world full of happy

memories from America to Moyvane.

'Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis'

Your loving nephew Michael F.Kennelly, Brenda,Michelle,Jennifer & Gavin.


January 06, 2011

With much and many many fond memories, Fr Mike may you rest in peace in the

place you always considered home - in the arms of Jesus


Jane Morrissey,

Thurles, Co Tipperary, Irela

January 06, 2011

His greatest joy was in making others happy.

Always in our hearts,

Your loving niece Christina,Paddy,Louise,Catherine,Neil and Michael





January 06, 2011

Cherished memories of happy days spent at home in Ireland.

"Safe in the arms of Jesus"

From Martin, Eileen and all in Kilbaha, Kerry, Ireland.

January 06, 2011

Cherished memories of happy days at home together in Ireland.

"Safe in the arms of Jesus".

Martin, Eileen and all in Kilbaha,Kerry, Ireland.

January 06, 2011

In loving memory of a wonderful person who will be missed by many.


Pamela Rice,

Dublin, Ireland

January 05, 2011

We pray for the soul of Fr. Kennelly, and know he is at peace in the arms of

Our Lord.


Phil and elise Beron,

New Orleans, Louisiana

January 05, 2011

Condolences from a member of the class of 1959, St. John's High School,



George Friedman


January 05, 2011

You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Moira and Con Morrissey,

Tipperary, Ireland



Co Limerick

Bruff on Saturday 28th April 2012 The Commemorative Mass of Thanksgiving for the pupils and Staff of the F.C.J. Convent which was est 1856 and will close this June.








Quebec, the 9th June 1847.

"MY LORD AND VENERABLE BROTHER--The voice of religion and humanity imposes on me the sacred and imperative duty of exposing to your Lordship the dismal fate that awaits thousands of the unfortunate children of Ireland who come to seek in Canada an asylum from the countless evils afflicting them in their native land.

Already a considerable number of vessels overloaded with emigrants from Ireland have arrived in the waters ot the St. Lawrence. During the passage many of them weakened beforehand by misery and starvation, have contracted fatal diseases, and for the greater part have thus become victims of an untimely death.

This was but the natural result of their precarious situation. Crowded in the holds of the vessels, unable to strictly adhere to the rules of cleanliness, breathing constantly a putrid atmosphere, and relying frequently for nourishment upon insufficient and very bad provisions, it was morally impossible to escape safe and sound from so many causes of destruction.

Anchoring at Grosse-Isle, about 30 miles below Quebec, where they are compelled to perform a quarantine, the transatlantic vessels were most commonly infected with sick and dying emigrants. Last week at that station more than 2,000 patients, of whom scarcely more than half could find shelter on the island. The others were left in the holds of their respective vessels, in some cases abandoned by their own friends, spreading contagion among the other healthy passengers who were confined in the vessels, and exhibiting the heartrending spectacle of a morality three times greater than what prevailed ashore.

Our provincial government has undoubtedly manifested the greatest zeal and most parental anxiety in assisting the unhappy emigrants, but yet could not in due time employ the requisite precautions to meet their manifold wants. The consequence is, that vast numbers sighed, and do still sigh, in vain after the charitable care so necessary to the preservation of human life.

Already more than a thousand human beings have been consigned to their eternal rest in the Catholic cemetery, precursors of thousands of others who will rejoin them if the stream of emigration from Ireland continues to flow with the same abundance.

One Catholic clergyman alone, in ordinary circumstances, ministered to the spiritual wants of the quarantine station; but this year the services of even seven at a time have been indispensably required to afford to the dying emigrants the last rites and consolations of their cherished religion. Two of these gentlemen are actually lying on the bed of sickness, from the extreme fatigues they have undergone and the fever they have contracted in visiting the infected vessels and the hospitals on the island to accomplish the duties of their sacred ministry, and gladden the last moments of the Irish emigrant.

The details we receive of the scenes of horror and desolation of which the chaplains are daily and ocular witnesses, almost stagger belief and baffle description; most despairingly and immeasurably do they affect us, as the available means are totally inadequate to apply an effectual remedy to such awful calamities.

Many ot the more fortunate emigrants who escape from Grosse-Isle in good health, pay tribute to the prevailing diseases at Quebec or Montreal, and overcrowd the hospitals of these two cities, where temporary buildings are erected for the reception of a greater number, without still affording sufficient accommodation.

Amid the present confusion, we have had neither leisure nor opportunity to ascertain the number of orphans and families that are thrown for support on public charity.

I deem it necessary to mention that those who have escaped from the fatal influence of disease, are far from realizing on their arrival here, the ardent hopes they so fondly cherished of meeting with unspeakable comfort and prosperity on the banks of the St. Lawrence. To attain so desireable an end, they should possess means which the greater number have not, and which cannot be rendered available and efficacious, unless emigration be conducted on a more diminished scale.

I submit these facts to your consideration, that your lordship may use every endeavor to dissuade your diocesans from emigrating in such numbers to Canada, where they will but too often meet with either a premature death, or a fate as deplorable as the heartrending condition under which they groan in their unhappy country. Your lordship will thus open their eyes to their true interests, and prevent the honest, religious, and confiding Irish peasantry from being the victims of speculation and falling into irretrievable errors and irreparable calamities.

I have the honor to remain, my lord and venerable brother, with sentiments of profound respect, your most humble and obedient servant."

Archbishop of Quebec



Name, Places of Abode, Ages, Parishes They Served,Year of Ordination, By Whom, Where

CHARLES DAILY, Dronmollane, 53, Castleisland and Ballycashland, 1675, ord. in France

GODFREY DAILY, Gortaromagarry, 57, Murbur and Knockane, 1678, ord. in France

MORROUGH CONNELL, Iveragh, 59, Prior and Valencia, 1670, by Bishop of Cashel

OWEN M'CARTHY, "Sallaghigg", 55, Dromod, Ahadoand, and Aglish, 1671, ord. in Catalonia, Spain

DANIEL FALOY, Darrannane, 50, Killicrogane and Templenoe, 1680. ord. in France

MORTAGH SULLIVAN, Killgarvane, 70, Killagarvane and Kenmare, 1665, ord. in France by the Bishop of Dublin.


OWEN CARTHY, Fohomore, (-), "Injosista" (Tuosist ?), 1689, ordained by the Bishop of Nantes, France

JAMES CAHANE, Finuge, 40, "Kilaine", Finuge, and Disart, 1689, by Bishop of Bourdoux, France

MORRIS CAHANE, Killycaribeg, (-), Duagh and Broanagh, 1688, by Bishop of Meath

ROBERT FITZMORRIS, Ballydonoghue, (-), "Lisbattin, Galy, and Kill", 1680, by Bishop of "Bogey"

PATRICK KENNELLY, Cluontubrid, 42, Lishtohill and part of Disart, 1685, by Bishop of Clonfert

MARTIN COSTELLOE, Ballyrehane, 47, Kiltomy, part of Abbeydorney, Kilfine, and part of Disert, 1679, by Bishop of .......

DENISH KENELLY, Farrannaned, (-), Killnaghlen and Aghavalin, 1679, by Bishop of Xantos

HUGH SWINEY, Ardfert, 40, ardfert, Kilmoiley, and part of Abbeydorney, 1681, by Bishop of Angiers, France

TEIGE SULLIVAN, "Leirugh", 40, Kilgobbin, Killine, Stradbally, Ballyduff and Clahane, 1687, by Bishop of Cambray, France

EDMUND HORGAN, "M"agh, 36, Ballymacelligott and Ballysheeda, 1690, by Bishop of Bourdaux, France

CHARLES DEVANE, "Ballyplimoth", 37, Ballincushane and Castleisland, 1691, by Bishop of Cassel (Cashel ?)

ENEAS LINE (Lyne ?), Lyvane, 52, Kilcolman and Kilbonane, 1678, by Archbishop of Thoulon

DERMOD CHONANE, Knockaderrig, 61, Mollahi"ff"e and Kilnan"_"are, unclear, ordained in France

OWEN DUNLEA, Seantor, 63, Kelcommen, 1688, ord. in France; "ELEMIUS" (William ?) LEARY, Killarney, 64, Killarney, 1674, ord. in France

BRYAN CONNOR, Leitrim, 53, "Murhurr and Knockane", 1674, ord. in France

MARRAGH SHEA, "Killurien", 60, "Killinae and Kahirr", 1669, by Bishop of Dublin

JOHN FITZMORRIS, Tralee, 40, Tralee, Raghlass, Anagh, and Clogherbrien, 168"0", by Bishop of Bordeux, France

ANTHONY STACK, Glanbegh, 36, Glanbegh, 1693, ord. in Germany

TIEGE DALY, "Roghnriogh", 52, Currens, Killenterna, and Disart, 1680, by Bishop of Ossory

DERMOD SULLIVAN, Grenane, 52, Templenoe and Kilmore, 1679, ord. in France

RICHARD CONNELL, "Meanus", 58, Knockane and Killorglin, 1676, ord. in France

JOHN CONNOR, not given, 60, Killcomen and Killahy, 1674, ord. in France

DENIS MORIARTY, Dingle, 53, Dingle and the district thereof;, 1677, by Archbishop of Rheims, France

TIEGE LIEN (Leen ?), Fern........, 42, "Killgerrydander, Killtallagh" and part of Ballinvoher, 1684, by Archbishop of Toulosa, France.


OWEN FERRIS, Ballydaly, 40, Drishane etc. (along by Millstreet), 1687, ord in Antwerp

TIEGE CRONEEN (Cronin), place of residence not given, 43, Cullen and Nogvall, 1685, ordained in France.

THOMAS DOOLING, Ballyno, 54, Ballyheige, Killurly, and Ratno, 1669, ordained in France

EDMUND LYNCH, Ballynana, 56, Ventry and Killquane, 1669, ord. in France

JOHN DILLANE, Arnarap, 55, Ballynacourty and Mineard, 1675, by Bishop of Cashel




Astronomers have seen the furthest back in time ever, measuring light from a star that exploded 13 billion years ago, just after the dawn of the universe.

St. Jeanne Jugan

By George Weigel

During the brutally hot summer of 2003, thousands of French vacationers remained on holiday rather than returning home to bury their recently deceased parents, who had died from the extraordinary heat and were being stashed in air-conditioned storage lockers. Those acts of filial impiety cast into sharp relief the October canonization of Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Born during the virulently anti-Catholic French Revolution, Jeanne Jugan learned early in her life that fidelity to Christ and his Church could be costly. A history of the period of her childhood sums things up neatly: "In spite of the persecution, the people of Cancale kept the faith. During dark nights, in an attic or a barn, or even in the middle of the countryside, the faithful gathered together, and there in the silence of the night, the priest would offer the Eucharist and baptize the children. But this happiness was rare. There were so many dangers."

Jeanne Jugan knew poverty as well as persecution, and developed a marked sensitivity to the humiliation that those who have fallen through the cracks of society's net of solidarity can feel. She declined an offer of marriage because, as she put it, " keeping me for a work which is not yet known, for a work which is not yet founded." That work came into clear focus when, at age 47, she met an elderly, blind and sick woman, whom she took into her care; from that seemingly random encounter was born a tremendous work of charity. The congregation of women religious she founded dedicated itself to the care of the poor and elderly-and supported itself by begging, with the foundress, Jeanne Jugan, as chief beggar. The Little Sisters of the Poor spread rapidly throughout Europe, America and Africa, but the going was never easy for Jeanne Jugan.

In 1843, Jeanne Jugan's re-election as superior was quashed by the community's priest-advisor, Father Augustin Marie Le Pailleur. Refusing to contest what others would have deemed an injustice (but which she thought to be the will of God), Jeanne Jugan accepted this curious decision and went on the road, supporting her sisters by begging. For the last 27 years of her life, she lived at the order's motherhouse in retirement, again according to the orders of Father Le Pailleur; her role as foundress was never acknowledged during her lifetime. Yet the novelist Charles Dickens could write, after meeting Jeanne Jugan, that "there is in this woman something so calm, and so holy, that in seeing her I know myself to be in the presence of a superior being. Her words went straight to my heart, so that my eyes, I know not how, filled with tears."

To enter a house of the Little Sisters of the Poor today is to recapture what Dickens experienced. Elderly men and women with no one else to care for them are given exquisite attention; the dignity of every patient is honored, no matter how difficult that dignity may be to discern amidst the trials of senility and disease. The Little Sisters of the Poor and their patients are living reminders that there are no disposable human beings; that everyone is a someone for whom the Son of God entered the world, suffered and died; and that we read others out of the human family at our moral and political peril.

Yet that is the temptation facing the United States, and every other affluent society confronting a graying population, longer life expectancies, and spiraling medical costs. Where this temptation can lead is brutally displayed in the Netherlands, where euthanasia has been legal for years; and as the late Father Richard John Neuhaus said of such travesties as the Dutch "death with dignity" laws, what is permitted will soon become mandatory. That is precisely what has happened in Holland and indeed wherever euthanasia is legally permitted.

St. Jeanne Jugan, Sister Marie of the Cross in her religious life, is thus a powerful-and badly needed-intercessor for all who would defend the gift of life from conception until natural death.

George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Weigel's column is distributed by the Denver Catholic Register, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Denver. Phone: 303-715-3215.




Taken from Mulvihill Newsletter Winter `07 `08.


February the first. We know it by various names-Candlemas,

the Feast of St. Brigid. But by far its oldest name is Imbolc or

Imbolg and the holy day appears to have its origins in the

countryside of Ireland in the far distant past.

Many scholars translate the word Imbolc to mean ‘the milk of

sheep'. Others have suggested a connection with the verb ‘to

cleanse'. This time of year definitely corresponds with lambing

season. Winter is ending, food stores are perhaps low, the new

milk is flowing which will nourish the people as well as the


Imbolc has long been associated with the Goddess Brighid,

goddess of smithcraft, fire, learning and transformation,

especially transforming ideas into poetry and illness into

health. Katherine Sherman in The Flowering of Ireland writes

"Goddess Brigit watched over childbirth and brought plenty to

the houses she visited, leaving footprints in the ashes of the

hearth." Further relationships of the holiday with fire exist, as

Imbolc is one of the ancient Celtic fire festivals. Also, in parts

of Ireland, candles were lit in barns and dairies in prayers for

prosperity. She is seen as a Pan-Celtic divinity; as Brigantia,

she is known in France, Spain and Central Europe.

Western secular culture carries remnants of the ancient

celebration as a light-hearted event, particularly in

Pennsylvania, where a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil,

with the assistance of town criers, publicly divines the

remaining length of winter. On the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea,

stormy weather at Imbolc is believed to presage a good harvest.

As on Groundhog Day, celebrated on February 2, the

conditions then are thought to be the inverse of what is to


February 1 is Lé Féile Bríde, The Feast of St. Brigid. She is

said to have been born in either Co. Louth or Co. Kildare

around the year 457, daughter of a Pagan chieftain. She is

known for her great generosity, healing miracles, rapport with

animals and steadfast faith. Legend has it that she was

mistakenly consecrated as a bishop and that she traveled across

Ireland in a two-horsed chariot spreading the Christian

message, especially to women. She founded a convent at

Kildare which became a major seat of learning, a coeducational

monastery, a place of pilgrimage and a center of

trade. The now lost illuminated manuscript Book of Kildare

was reportedly penned here.


It is commonly believed that St. Brigid and her abbesses

tended a perpetual fire in an enclosure outside of the church.

It is said that the fire burned until 1220 when it was

extinguished by the Archbishop of Dublin. After his death, it

was reportedly relit but doused again in 1632 after burning

for the better part of over 1100 years. The nuns then

dispersed and the order disappeared until 1880.

Only in the late twentieth century has the Kildare site been

partially restored. The Church of Ireland discovered the

flagstones marking the ancient fire temple and constructed a

wall around the site. It is once again a site of pilgrimage for

devotees. Every February 1, the Brigidine sisters light a

sacred fire and honor their belovéd saint, "the exalted one".

As Kildare means ‘church of the oak', we have evidence that

a pre-Christian site of worship existed here, for the oak was

deeply sacred to our earlier ancestors. Perhaps fires were

tended here even longer than we know.

A much loved story of St. Brigid involves her plaiting a cross

from reeds while praying for a dying chieftain. It became

customary to weave the cross from rushes on February 1, in

prayer for the protection of the household. In some areas of

Ireland, the final grain of the season, tied in the center of the

field and called the ‘cailleach sheaf' was ceremonially cut.

This sheaf was traditionally either dressed as an old woman

or plaited into a Brigid cross on her feast day.

Many winters ago while traveling across Mexico, I was very

surprised to discover that on February 1 and 2, Candlemas

(Dia de la Candelaria) was being celebrated in the villages.

What I had always considered a holy day only among some

people of Celtic tradition had found its way into the sacred

calendar of the devout Mexican people. Perhaps the Spanish

brought it to them long ago from Asturias or Galicia. Yet

Candlemas actually corresponds to the very ancient Christian

feast variously known as the Presentation of the Lord, the

Purification of the Virgin, the Naming of Jesus, the end of

Epiphany. Some Christians leave Christmas decorations up

until Candlemas. In the Roman tradition, the priest blesses

beeswax candles on February 2 which are then distributed to

the community.

The ancient calendrical system of western Europe is based

around the winter and summer solstices and the spring and

fall equinoxes. In between them are the four ‘cross-quarter

days', Samhain (November 1), Imbolc, Beltaine (May 1),

Lughnasa (August 1), separating the year into eight roughly

equal periods. Celebration of the cross-quarter days begins

on the preceding eve. Each is rich with its own pastoral

associations. All share an association with fire and the

cycles of nature. Marking the time gave direction for

planting, harvest and other subsistence activities. The

turning of the seasons was celebrated by our forebears with

ceremonies of which we can only imagine and at times infer

from recent or current cultural practices. In addition to

agricultural and religious elements, we find pragmatic

connections as well. Dr. Neil L. Thomas writes that in

Scotland in the recent past, rental payments were due on

cross-quarter days and legal agreements and contracts were

dated on them.

From our ancestors' earliest practices to new and old

customs honored today, the beginning of February has

been widely celebrated. A woodhenge constructed 4,600

years ago at Mt. Pleasant, England shows an alignment to

the Imbolc sun, according to Dr. Thomas. In Island of the

Setting Sun, researcher Anthony Murphy describes that a

beam of sun at sunset on Imbolc and Samhain illuminates

the northern passageway at Dowth, a five thousand yearold

passage tomb in Co. Meath. He states that evidence of

solar Imbolc alignments exist at the prehistoric ruins at

Loughcrew near Oldcastle as well. In the twenty-first

century, hundreds now visit the well at Lisconnor, near the

Burren, on February 1, although in centuries past it was

associated with Lughnasa. The well is known as Brigit's

Vat, Dahech Bríde. Offerings are left all year long at the

well house, mostly to St. Brigid. Some walk in a spiral

path upon the hill there, following a tradition sometimes

found around ancient wells in Ireland.

Spring is near. The lambs have been born. The snowdrops

are blooming in North Kerry. New life quickens across the

northern hemisphere. We shed our dark cloaks and our

faces rise and seek the warm sun. We light our fires with

renewed hope and anticipation. Our altars abound with

our prayers for the future, amid deeply loving memories of

our ancestors.



Patrick Augustine Sheehan was born in 29, New St. (now O,Brien St.) Mallow, Co. Cork on March 17th. 1852.Even though he was born in Mallow he is invariably referred to as Canon Sheehan of Doneraile, mainly because he wrote almost all of his major works while he was there as Parish Priest. He was one of six children of Patrick Sheehan and Johanna Regan, whose family was widely connected with the Mourne Abbey area.


Patrick received his early education in the Long Room National School in Mallow, where one of his classmates was William O'Brien, later to become a noted journalist and parliamentarian.


When Patrick was growing up in Mallow the Fenian movement was beginning to take shape with men secretly drilling and marching in the woods round about. This period of history remained ingrained in his mind culminating in the book he completed shortly before he died, called The Graves at Kilmorna. It wasn't published until 18 months after his death. He once wrote of the Fenians of his youth as " strong silent men into whose character some stern and terrible energy seemed to have been infused. There were no braggarts among them. Their passion was too deep for words and that passion was all consuming, fierce unswerving love for Ireland".


His carefree youthful days took a severe jolt when in 1863 his father died and in February the following year his mother passed away. Because of this Rev John McCarthy, P.P. of Mallow became guardian of the children with " an income from a modest property ". At the age of 14 he was sent to St. Colmans College in Fermoy. As well as being a secondary school it was also the Diocesan Seminary for the Diocese of Cloyne. When he completed his secondary education in St. Colmans he entered Maynooth, where the records throw little light on the student, whose talents may have been overshadowed by the academic greats of that era in the Seminary. He was a brilliant student who, despite recurring illness, which caused him to miss out a whole years study, still managed to complete his studies in Maynooth a year before he was old enough to be ordained. He was eventually ordained in St. Mary's Cathedral, Cork on Sunday April 18th. 1875 by Bishop Delany.


As there was no vacancy in Cloyne the young priest began his ministry on the Cathedral staff in Plymouth. He returned to Ireland and to Cloyne 1877 and took up duty as a Junior curate in his home town of Mallow. His next move was to Cobh in March 1881, where his experience as a curate in Plymouth stood him in good stead in a town with a large naval presence such as Cobh. Pastoral work always took pride of place with Fr. Sheehan, but it was here that he also began to realise the power of the pen, and used it by contributing to local publications. Ill health again dogged him and he was given the year off to recover his health, which he spent in Youghal where the P.P was on old friend. In 1890 he returned as senior curate to Mallow and this marked a new phase of his literary work, where he considered the use of his pen as a means of spreading the Christian message through short stories, poems and ultimately novels. In 1895 he completed the manuscript of his first novel, Geoffrey Austin Student, and this coincided with his promotion to be Parish Priest of Doneraile.


Doneraile was a large country parish, much different from the parishes he had served in up to then. I quote from " By Pen and Pulpit:-


"Fr. Sheehan began to draw close to the people of Doneraile. His great literacy would lead one to believe he spent the greater part of his life in literary pursuits. This was not so, as writing was always secondary to his sacred duties. Slowly but surely he began to get to grips with this historical parish and as time went by, the people began to see clearly that here was a man who was their friend, and to whom they could turn in times of trouble and distress. They also saw a man who was eager to do what he could for his people, both in a spiritual and temporal way and to improve the Parish as a whole."


His early years in Doneraile coincided with the last stages of the Land War and the introduction of the Land Acts. He played a major part in the negotiations between the tenant farmers and the landlords in the parish. He was the ideal man for this because hi s integrity was never in question and he was respected by all side, even those of different persuasions. He was instrumental in bringing all the negotiations with the landlords to a successful conclusion. The following is an excerpt from a record kept by a J. O'Leary of Carrigeen about the part played by Canon Sheehan in the acquisition of his land. Snippet from story by Michael Barry of Fermoy .



DEATH on 12th December 2011 of Sr. Mary Kevin (Josephine) Enright of Holy Child Convent, Stable Lane, Off Harcourt Street (formerly of Tarbert, remembered by her Holy Child Sisters, her family, sisters Aquin and Rosalie (MSHR), Margaret (Buckley) and Breda (Cronin), brothers Jerry, Danny and Tommy, Sr. Enright was predeceased by her brothers Fr. Tim C.S.Sp. and Jimmy. Funeral Mass was celebrated on 14th December 2011 in the Carmelite Church, Whitefriar Street, followed by Burial in Deansgrange Cemetery.


DEATH took place on January 23rd 2012 of Sr. Malachy Shanahan of Presentation Sisters, Rathmore, Sister was born at Knockane, Listowel. sister of the late Joe and Jack and sister-in-law of the late Teddy; Survived by her Community, sisters Sr. Borgia of the Presentation Sisters, Killarney and Teresa Moore of Knocklyon, Dublin, sisters-in-law Anne in Athlone and Dorothy in England. Requiem Mass for Sr. Malachy was celebrated in St. Joseph's Church, Rathmore on 25th January 2012, Sister was laid to rest in the Church grounds.


10 Catholic

By Marcel


10 - We have tons of friends. Not only are there more than 1.16 billion

Catholics, but we also have the Angels and Saints.



9 - The Church's system of law, called Canon Law, is the basis of much of

the law in the world's Western culture.


Marcel said...

I could have been more precise with #9. The structure of Canon Law is the

most influential part (the way it is codified)....not the content.


8 - Catholics not only read The Bible, but put The Bible together.


7 - Pope John Paul II snuck out of the Vatican more than 100 times to go

skiing in the Italian Alps without anyone noticing.


6 - If your last name is "Zolp" then you get a full scholarship to Loyola

Chicago, that is, if you can verify that is really your name with your birth

certificate and baptismal certificate. Only 4 people have received the

scholarship so far.


5 - The Vatican is the smallest country in the world and has a total land

area of 0.44 square kilometers.


4 - The Vatican's largest export is postage stamps.


3 - Excommunication does not mean someone is "kicked out of the Church" or

"sent to hell".


2 - The Catholic Church is not anti-science. In fact, many of the major

scientific discoveries have been made by Catholics (some who were priests).

The Vatican even has an observatory.


1 - The Catholic Church is the mother of the modern university.

Posted by Marcel


Nathaniel M. Campbell said...

Re: #9 on Canon Law:


This is only partially true. While Canon Law is one strand of the modern

Western legal tradition, it is certainly neither the only one nor the

largest. Other influences are Germanic tribal law (the basis of significant

swathes of English common law), the King's Writs (the basis of other

significant swathes of English common law), and ancient Roman Law, as

preserved in the Code of Justinian and his Digest. These compilations of

Roman Imperial law, promulgated in the 6th century in the East, was never

implemented in the West until its rediscovery in 12th-century Bologna, where

it formed one half (the Corpus Iuris Civilis, or Body of Civil Law) of the

law taught at the world's first law school, the University of Bologna. The

other half was, of course, the Corpus Iuris Canonici, that is, Canon Law.

But Canon Law was only one of these several components that make up modern




by Friar Jack Wintz, O.F.M.

 If you go to any of our Franciscan friaries, churches or convents, you will almost always find the Franciscan Coat of Arms, painted somewhere, hanging on a wall or visible over a doorway. This holds true around the world as well as through the centuries.


The Franciscan coat of arms often consists of a cross with two arms crossing each other and nailed to a cross—or at least with a cross in the background. One arm is that of Christ; the other is that of St. Francis of Assisi. This image is a key identification badge for those who consider themselves followers of St. Francis.


This Franciscan coat of arms is an image worthy of our contemplation. The image is a true expression of both Jesus' and Francis' fervent style of love. We see in Jesus' crucified hand, first of all, God's incredible overflowing love for us. In Francis' wounded hand, in turn, we see the incredibly loving response of St. Francis to the burning love of God, who first loved us.


This is indeed something to ponder. All in all, the Franciscan coat of arms is a wonderful expression of the Franciscan (or Seraphic) style of love. Though few of us live up to this ideal, it calls us to something rare and splendid!



Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Venerable Baker: Gettysburg Vet... Saint-to-Be?

Largely lost under the tidal-wave of yesterday's mega-news -- the announcement of the beatification of Pope John Paul II, and its scheduling for May 1st 2011 -- was the progress of a cause closer to home: the declaration of the "heroic virtue" of a Civil War veteran who went on to minister for decades in the trenches of Western New York.


Conferring with it the title "Venerable," the papal decree on Fr Nelson Baker (1841-1936) signifies that the standard extensive investigation into his life and correspondence concluded that the veteran pastor was an exemplar of genuine holiness. With the development, the cause may proceed to the presentation of a miracle which, if verified, would secure the beatification of Buffalo's "Apostle of Charity"; along those lines, a local paper reported that a possible healing is already pending before the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.


A native of the Lake Erie coast, Baker enlisted in the New York Militia's 74th Regiment during the Civil War, which fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. On his return from the field, he began a grain and feed business which, though very successful, still yielded to the lure to the seminary, from which he was ordained at 34 -- then an elderly age for a new cleric.


After serving in several parishes of the Buffalo church (where, even today, he's still universally known as, simply, "Father Baker"), the young priest capitalized on the region's natural-gas boom of the early 1900s to build a "City of Charity" that came to encompass orphanages, an occupational school, a maternity hospital and home for unwed mothers and their babies alongside assorted other initiatives which combined to take in, feed, clothe and serve hundreds of thousands each year. As its capstone, in his waning years the "Padre of the Poor" built his long-desired dream-church -- a mammoth shrine to his personal patroness, Our Lady of Victory -- which was completed in time for his golden jubilee of priesthood and, partly as a tribute to its builder, made the nation's second minor basilica a mere two months after its opening.


(In another testimony to its champion's talents, the shrine was finished with no outstanding debt; in today's dollars, the project would've totaled just shy of $40 million.)


Though, unlike beatifications or canonizations, the "Venerable" designation is effective from the moment the Pope affirms a decree of heroic virtue, a Buffalo celebration of Baker's progress toward the altars is expected to take place at the Victory Basilica once the formal documents arrive from Rome.



New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXXV, Issue 29, 18 July 1907, Page 27


KERRY— A Venerable Religious.

Rev. Mother Austin, of the Presentation Convent of the Holy Cross, Listowel, who has just died, was 84 years of age, and had been a nun for fifty-seven years.


Death of a Priest.

Much regret will he felt by Kerry priests and Kerry men all over the world at the death of the Very Rev. Father Timothy Crowley, lately president of St Michael's College, Listowel. Father Crowley was a native of Kilsarken, and received his earlier education at St. Brendan's Seminary, Killarney. Going thence to Maynooth, he had a distinguished career, and was made on his ordination president of the Kerry Diocesan Seminary. Subsequently he made a tour in America collecting for the O'Connell Memorial Church, and on his return was appointed to the presidency of St. Michael's College, Listowel. Failing health overtook him, and he passed away in his 54th year, to the great regret of his confreres in the diocese, who deplore the loss of so able a colleague.


New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXX, Issue 33, 14 August 1902, Page 9


KERRY.— Death of a Priest.

A painful impression was created throughout North Kerry by the sudden and wholly unexpected death of the Rev. Matthew Dillon, who for the past fifteen years has been in charge of the Newtown parish, which extends to within a few miles of Listowel.


New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXXI, Issue 45, 5 November 1903, Page 31


The Sydney Freeman's Journal learns with regret of the death of the Rev. John Brosnan, Professor of St. Patrick's Ecclesiastical College, Manly, which occurred at the residence of his parents, near Listowel, County Kerry, on September 17. Father Brosnan had for several years developed a wasting malady, for which he in vain sought relief in various sanatoria of New South Wales. A few months ago, feeling the end approaching, he left for Ireland on sick leave, and however grieved, his many friends are not surprised to learn that he survived the voyage but a short time. Father Brosnan had a very brilliant course at Carlow College, where he was ordained. He also graduated M A in the Royal University, Dublin. On his arrival in Sydney 11 years ago he was appointed Professor of Church History at St. Patrick's College, Manly, a position which he held while his health permitted.


New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXXII, Issue 48, 1 December 1904, Page 31


The Rev. J. H. O'Connell (Carlton) received a cable the other day informing, him of the death of his sister, a member of the Presentation Order, Listowel, Ireland. Sister Brendan died at the convent on the 5th ult.


New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXXIII, Issue 26, 29 June 1905, Page 3


An Irish Missionary


The missionaries in Shanghai are mostly of French nationality, a few countrymen of the saintly martyr of Molokai, and one worthy son of St. Patrick. The Rev. F. M. Kennelly, S.J., was born about forty years ago at Listowel, North Kerry, and belongs to a highly respected family still represented there. One of his brothers is parish priest at Clunes, Victoria. (Father Kennelly of Clunes is a personal friend of the editor of the N.Z. Tablet). Two members of the family are Sisters of Mercy in Sacramento, Cal., and two brothers reside in New York. Father Kennelly, like the saintly Brendan of Clonfert, was early imbued with the missionary spirit. He came to China in 1885, and has not seen the land of his birth since. He was ordained a priest in 1890 and had been engaged for six years teaching in Shanghai. The field of his missionary activity is immense and also extends to visiting men-o-war, hospitals, prisons, police stations, and the many other arduous duties of a priest, which are known only to himself and Almighty God. From his busy life, however, he snatches moments to contribute articles to the local press and the New York Messenger. His name is on every tongue from Hong Kong to Chefoo, and many a poor, hard-up sailor he has befriended. Being an eminent lingiuist, speaking French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and several Chinese dialects he still is proud of the Gaelic tongue of his beloved Eire, which he regards as an invaluable auxiliary in the acquisition of languages. Father Kennelly is rather difficult to catch, but if you happen to be occasionally lucky you are introduced to a plain room with a bare floor, a crucifix on the wall, a picture of our Lady, a portrait of the Pope, a few books on a shelf, a secretaire, and the only other chair in the room is offered you with a hearty cead mile failte. Though a little beyond the prime of life and a few silvery hairs discernible, the intellect and vigor of the Gael is at once apparent in the ample forehead, the firm lips and chin, the hearty hand shake, the natural smile, the twinkling, kindly eye, the sympathetic expressions of the priestly heart, and the magnetic versatility polished by culture and the touches of that rich accent alone peculiar to those born under the shadows of the hills that inspired vigor and eloquence in The Liberator. Father Kennelly intends shortly to publish, probably in the New York Messenger, an interesting history of the Catholic missions in China, which promises to be a literary as well as a historical treat.


New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXXIV, Issue 2, 11 January 1906, Page 9


KERRY— Death of a Priest.

At Glenflesk, Co. Kerry, on November 15, Rev. Maurice O'Flaherty, P.P., died in his 61st year, for 18 years of which period he was pastor of the district in which he ended his days. Father O'Flaherty was a native of Listowel, and was educated at Louvain. By his kindly nature he endeared himself to all classes.


New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXXIV, Issue 4, 25 January 1906, Page 9


KERRY— Death of a Religious.

In the cemetery attached to the Presentation Convent, Listowel, on December 2, the remains of Sister Mary John, who had spent forty-six years in religion were laid to rest. Deceased lady was a daughter of the late Mr. John Grant, Listowel, and a grand-daughter of the late Mr. Maurice Dalton, who was one of the first Catholics appointed to the magistracy after the relaxation of the penal laws.



New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXIX, Issue 30, 25 July 1901, Page 9


Religious Profession. At the Presentation Convent, Listowel, on May 14, Miss Mary Donnelly made her vows and became a professed member of the Order. The young nun is a daughter of Mr. Eugene Donnelly, of Dublin. Her name in religion is Sister Mary Anthony. The ceremonies, which were carried out with great solemnity, were conducted by the Very Rev. T. Canon Davis, P.P., V.F., assisted by the Rev. Father M'Carthy. C.C and Rev. Father Byrne, C.C. A number of the relatives and friends of the Sister were present.


New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXIX, Issue 47, 21 November 1901, Page 5


The Rev. Father James P. O'Connor, a young priest, who is to labor in the diocese, arrived in Christchurch from Ireland via Sydney by the Monowai on Friday. He celebrated early Mass on Sunday, and at Vespers preached an impressive sermon in the Pro- Cathedral on the 'Holy name of Jesus.' Father O'Connor, who is a native of Listowel, County Kerry, was educated at Carlow College, and, together with the Rev. Father McGuinness, who accompanied him to New Zealand, and who is destined for the Auckland diocese, and others, was ordained in June last by the Most Rev. Dr. Foley, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin. As fellow passengers in the Omrah to Australia were ten priests for various dioceses in the Commonwealth.


New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXX, Issue 6, 6 February 1902, Page 9


KERRY.— Death of a Religious.

The death is reported of Rev Brother George, O F M. who passed away in the early part of December at the Franciscan Convent, Killarney. Brother George, who was a son of Mr. John Buckley, Listowel, was born in 1833, and entered the Order at Killarney 30 years ago, where he remained, except for a few years spent in Manchester, London, and Glasgow.



New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXVI, Issue 16, 26 August 1898, Page 9


Deaths Amongst the Clergy.— Death has been particularly busy among the priests of Kerry latterly. Following closely on the demise of Canon O'Sullivan, of Dingle the Very Rev. T. Sullivan, Administrator of Tralee the Rev. J. Fuller of Castlegregory the Very Rev. J. Quille, of Bonane the Rev. J. Kielik. of Ballyferriter, comes that of the Rev. Michael Godley, pastor of Glenbeigh. The deceased was 55 years of age, and was about 28 years on the mission. He was a native of Ballyheigue, and received his education in the Irish College, Rome, where he had a very distinguished career. He has been stationed at Lixnaw, Listowel, Ballybunnion, and Dingle. From the latter parish he was transferred about 12 months ago to the pastoral charge of Glenbeigh, in the room of the late Rev. T. Quilter.


New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXVII, Issue 7, 16 February 1899, Page 9


Death of a Kerry Man.— The death occurred recently at Lynn, Massachusets, of Mr. Thomas O'Connor, in the 73th year of his age. Mr. O'Connor, who was born at Ardfert, County Kerry, Ireland, was the brother of Very Rev. Dr. O'Connor, Missionary Apostolic, and of the late Dr. Morgan O'Connor, Knight of St. Sylvester, Wagga Wagga, Australia. A brother and sister survive him Mr. James F. O'Connor, Lynn, and Mrs. M. Gertrude O'Connor, Presentation Convent, Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland.


New Zealand Tablet , Issue 43, 26 October 1899, Page 9


KERRY.— Death of a Venerable Nun.— The death of Sister Mary Gertrude O'Connor (known for upwards of a generation as Mother Gertrude), of the Presentation Convent, Listowel, is an event deserving of more than local or ordinary notice (says the Daily Nation.) For nearly 51 years this truly excellent lady occupied a prominent and honoured place in the religious life of her native county. Entering the Listowel Convent on the 15th of August, 1849, her religious life may be said to have synchronised with the life of that distinguished branch of the great Presentation Community, and the remarkable growth of that Convent, both in usefulness as a educational institution and in size, is in no small measure due to her influence and labours. Mother Gertrude was born in Tralee about 76 years ago. Her father held a commission in the British Army, served with distinction under Moore and Wellington, and the hero of Corunna is said to have died in his arms. The Very Rev. John O'Connor. D.D., who, for many years occupied a prominent place in the clerical life of his native diocese, and was one of the organisers of that brave band of Irishmen who went to the assistance of Pope Pius the Ninth in the early stage of his struggle with the infidel makers of modern Italy, and who, led by his fiery missionary zeal went abroad while yet a young curate, where he died some years ago, was a brother of Mother Gertrude. Another distinguished brother was Dr. Morgan O'Connor who died universally respected and regretted a few years ago in Wagga, New South Wales.


New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXVI, Issue 16, 26 August 1898, Page 9


Deaths Amongst the Clergy.— Death has been particularly busy among the priests of Kerry latterly. Following closely on the demise of Canon O'Sullivan, of Dingle the Very Rev. T. Sullivan, Administrator of Tralee the Rev. J. Fuller of Castlegregory the Very Rev. J. Quille, of Bonane the Rev. J. Kielik. of Ballyferriter, comes that of the Rev. Michael Godley, pastor of Glenbeigh. The deceased was 55 years of age, and was about 28 years on the mission. He was a native of Ballyheigue, and received his education in the Irish College, Rome, where he had a very distinguished career. He has been stationed at Lixnaw, Listowel, Ballybunnion, and Dingle. From the latter parish he was transferred about 12 months ago to the pastoral charge of Glenbeigh, in the room of the late Rev. T. Quilter.


New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXVII, Issue 7, 16 February 1899, Page 9


Death of a Kerry Man.— The death occurred recently at Lynn, Massachusets, of Mr. Thomas O'Connor, in the 73th year of his age. Mr. O'Connor, who was born at Ardfert, County Kerry, Ireland, was the brother of Very Rev. Dr. O'Connor, Missionary Apostolic, and of the late Dr. Morgan O'Connor, Knight of St. Sylvester, Wagga Wagga, Australia. A brother and sister survive him Mr. James F. O'Connor, Lynn, and Mrs. M. Gertrude O'Connor, Presentation Convent, Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland.


New Zealand Tablet , Issue 43, 26 October 1899, Page 9


KERRY.— Death of a Venerable Nun.— The death of Sister Mary Gertrude O'Connor (known for upwards of a generation as Mother Gertrude), of the Presentation Convent, Listowel, is an event deserving of more than local or ordinary notice (says the Daily Nation.) For nearly 51 years this truly excellent lady occupied a prominent and honoured place in the religious life of her native county. Entering the Listowel Convent on the 15th of August, 1849, her religious life may be said to have synchronised with the life of that distinguished branch of the great Presentation Community, and the remarkable growth of that Convent, both in usefulness as a educational institution and in size, is in no small measure due to her influence and labours. Mother Gertrude was born in Tralee about 76 years ago. Her father held a commission in the British Army, served with distinction under Moore and Wellington, and the hero of Corunna is said to have died in his arms. The Very Rev. John O'Connor. D.D., who, for many years occupied a prominent place in the clerical life of his native diocese, and was one of the organisers of that brave band of Irishmen who went to the assistance of Pope Pius the Ninth in the early stage of his struggle with the infidel makers of modern Italy, and who, led by his fiery missionary zeal went abroad while yet a young curate, where he died some years ago, was a brother of Mother Gertrude. Another distinguished brother was Dr. Morgan O'Connor who died universally respected and regretted a few years ago in Wagga, New South Wales.



New Zealand Tablet, Volume XX, Issue 7, 20 November 1891, Page 9


Kerry.— The death is announcad of Rev. J. L. Heffernon of South Melbourne from congestion of the lungs, brought on by a severe cold. The deceased was born in Ballylongford and received his early education at a classical school in Listowel, afterwards entered All Hallows College, Dublin, where, for six successive years, he carried off the first prize in his class. He was ordained in 1878 and was offered a professorship in All Hallows, but he declined, preferring to join the Australian mission. At college his career was a most distinguished one, and his masters freely admitted that he was the most brilliant student that ever passed through the college. In 1878 he arrived in Melbourne and was for some years attached to St. Patrick's Cathedral.



FR JOHN L SCANLON born Lisselton, Ballylongford 1847


Until 1874 the entire colony of Victoria was under the care of the arch diocese of Melbourne. The suffragen Dioceses of Ballarat and Sandhurst came into being. Sandhurst was then served by seven priests and the four parishes forming the new diocese were Bendigo, Echuca, Wangaratta and Beechworth. In 1876, two years later, the parishes of Chiltern, Benalla and Nagambie were established.


1855 - From Beechworth, a potential Federal Capital, Fr Patrick Smyth came to Benalla to build its first Church/School in 1855. The 1st mass offered in Benalla was on the site of what was later to become the “Liverpool Arms” hotel


1858 – St Joseph’s School established.


1866 – First St Joseph’s church built.


1876 - Benalla remained under the guidance of Wangaratta until 1876 when Fr John Scanlon, the assistant priest of Beechworth, became the 1st pastor with headquarters in Benalla. His health deteriorated and at an early age of 33, he died in January 1880. Our Lady’s altar in St Joseph’s was erected in his memory.



Death occurred on 23rd January 2013 of Sr. Joan Corridan of Kanturk and Mallow and late of Duagh. Sr. Joan of the Convent of Mercy was sister of the late Tim, Ned, Moss and Mary. Requiem Mass for Sr. Joan was celebrated 25th January in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kanturk. Sr. Joan Corridan was laid to rest in the adjoining Convent Cemetery.



This celebration is organised by the people of Rathea for one of their favourite sons. I know that the genial Fr. Eamon would not want any fuss or commotion around this occasion. However, this is Rathea’s way of saying thanks, well done and warmest congratulations. Fr. Eamon attended Rathea N.S. and received his secondary education in Wales. He entered St. Patricks Seminary Carlow in Sept. 1958 to begin his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained in Carlow Cathedral in June 1964 for the Diocese of Miami, in Florida. Fr. Eamon has served the people of that diocese with great commitment and distinction over the past fifty years. He had a long association with two parishes, namely, Our Lady of the Lakes & St. Mark’s, both located in Fort Lauderdale. A Listowel native informs me that in these parishes he built two massive churches and at a pastoral level powerful catechumenate programmes. In May 2013 he was elected to the Diocesan Chapter and the consequent title of Monsignor.


Fr Cornelius Kieran Campion (1925 - 2014)


Con Campion


Fr Con Campion

" He will be remembered as a kind and committed missionary, a man of courage and initiative, a warm-hearted and dedicated priest, a friend to all" .

Cornelius ("Con") Campion was born in Ballagh, Errill, Co. Laois on 26th July 1925. Educated at Errill NS and St Kieran's College, Kilkenny, he came to Dalgan in 1943 and was ordained priest on 21st December 1949.



Thomas Francis was ordained a priest in 1900. He built a cathedral in Billings, Montana in 1906 called St Patricks Co Cathedral. His parents In 1874 Thomas Stack, originally from Lissahane, married to Hanora o Donoghue from Ballyrehan, Lixnaw purchased a House from John Dillane Church Street, Listowel. Their first son Thomas Francis was born October 15 1874 . Fr Thomas Francis Stack. (Glendive Montana USA, died in 1912.


Fr Michael Kiely b1904, Church Street, Listowel , served in Sydney son of Jack Kiely and Hanora Fitzgerald they had a big family, Jack died young.


DEATH has taken place of Sr. Rosalie Enright, Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary, Cavan and late of Tarbert, Co. Kerry, on August 8th 2014. Was serving in S. Africa, Kenya and Zambia. Survived by the Holy Rosary Sisters, her brothers Danny, Gerry and Tommy, her sisters Breda and Sr. Aquin, sisters-in-law, Maureen, Stella and Bea, brother-in-law Sean, nieces, nephews. Requiem Mass For Sr. Roslalie was celebrated in Tarbert Church on Monday 11th at 11am, Mass for Sister will be celebrated in the Cathedral of Ss Patrick & Felim, Cavan on Tuesday at noon, followed by burial in Cullies Cemetery.




Captain Jerome Walsh - Disembarked 24 Sep. 1919 - Theatre of War, France - Catholic Chaplain. Ref. Public Record Office (WO 374/71550). He served in the British Army for 4 years, 3 months. He was born Timothy Walsh in 1878 at Coolaclarig, Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland. His parents were Thomas Walsh & Hanorah Buckley. He was in the Franciscan Order of priests and Jerome was his religious given name.

Father Augustus Tolton

The First Recognized Black Catholic Priest in America

By Corinna Laughlin, Maria Laughlin

This graphic novel tells the amazing true story of Father Augustus Tolton, the first recognized Black Catholic Priest in America, whose cause for sainthood was introduced in 2011. Readers of all ages will discover the amazing life and virtues of this extraordinary Servant of God, who overcame slavery, prejudice and rejection to live out his call to serve God and the Church. His life makes him a role model for Christians of our time.