The death has occurred of Fr. Donal (Daniel J) O'Leary of Church Place, Rathmore.
Fr. Donal (Daniel J) O' Leary, Church place, Rathmore and a priest of Leeds Diocese England, predeceased by his late brother Joseph (RIP). Sadly missed by brother Fr. Micheál, sister Maura and by everybody who knew him. Requiem mass will take place at 1pm on Thursday (Feb 7th 2019) at St. Joseph’s Church Rathmore. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Died 21 January 2019.
IRELAND’S Own; Galway born Sr. Julie Canny survived the atomic bomb blast on 6th August 1945, 70,000 were killed in seconds. All eight sisters survived the bomb blast. Sr. Julie died Nov. 1 1987 aged 93.
DEATH of Josie O’Donnell (nee Daly), Meenoline , Templeglantine, Co. Limerick who died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on October 20th. 2018. Josie is predeceased by her husband Thomas, son Gerard and infant son John. Josie is deeply regretted by her sons Dan, Fr. Tom (Chriss) S.C.A. (Argentina), Connie and Pat, daughter Catherine (Kiely), brother Battie, sister-in-law Kitty, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces.
The case, which involves a former government minister attempting to stash about US$9 million (€8.2 million) mostly in cash at a small convent near Buenos Aires, has rocked the country’s political system.
Fr Tom O’Donnell (64), from Templeglantine, west Limerick, has been appointed to lead the Catholic Church’s investigation into the affair. The Pallotine missionary is the parish priest of St Patrick’s parish in Mercedes, about 70km from Buenos Aires.
Children of CATHERINE WOULFE and PATRICK JIMEEN WOULFE
James Jameen was educated at special schools and became a shoemaker and lived in Dublin. He wrote about his experiences growing up, and I plan to make the materiel available in the Documents page for e-mailing.
MICHAEL WOULFE went to New Zealand.
NORA became Sister Dympna
JOSIE became Sister Monica
MARYANNE became Sister Philomena
More on PATRICK "PATEEN" WOULFE
When PATEEN was about 10, (1929) PADDY and his parents moved back to their ancestral home at Keale. It's believed this house was built by RICHARD's father, another PATRICK WOULFE, with the help of his 2 sons.
PATRICK (8) (b1822) Listowel. Remained in Ireland. married Catherine O'Connell. 10 children. Ellen(9), Mary(9) nun b1842, Thomas(9) b1854 Jesuit, John (9) b1858 Jesuit, Patrick (9) b1860 Jesuit, Catherine Theresa (9) Nun, b1866, Margaret (9) b? married ? Ginell, Richard(9) to Australia, disappeared. Thomas (9) b7/21/1853 married ?Stack, married Johanna Hannon. 12 children....Katia(10) b1879, Marie (10) b1881, Patrick (10) b1889, Morris (10) b?, John (10) b1883, Richard (10) b1892, *next are children of ?Hannon...Michael b1893 (children in Listowel, Joe(11), Eileen(11) b1933, Son(11) -lives on family farm Listowel) Patrick Joseph (10) b1891, Edward(10) b1897 d 1982, Johanna (10) b1900 d 1937, Margaret (10) b1901 d 1983 married John Walsh - son Liam Walsh b1942. married Breda O'Connor.
JAMES BUCKLEY WOLFE (b4/13/1843 Ireland - d1/1916 Iowa. Married ANNA O'CONNOR. 7 children.
PATRICK BERNARD Wolfe b1848 d1922
...(b10/7/1848 Chicago, Illinois - d6/13/22 Clinton) Lawyer in Dewitt, Iowa starting in 1871. Married MARGARET CONNOLE of DeWitt 1878.Elected to State Senate 1885, resigning in 1891. Appointed Judge in Clinton County 1891 - 1904. In practice with son JOHN LOYOLA WOLFE. Patrick also had a daughter, MARY ZETA WOLFE who never married. JOHN LOYOLA WOLFE (b1879 - d1962) Well known Lawyer and Member of Iowa General Assembly. Married MARY CATHERINE KANE 10/16/1912. 5 children.
JOHANNA (b1859) became Sister Scholastica.
Catholic News Article
Catholic education should be celebrated – Kate Liffey
The year before last, my now-96-year-old father, Robert McQuillan, decided to take a little trip down memory lane.
He made contact with his old secondary school, the former Christian Brothers’ secondary in Dundalk.
He received a warm welcome from the current principal of Coláiste Rís, Padraig Hamill.
The old roll books were taken down from a dusty shelf somewhere and my dad’s name and the names of his fellow students were mulled over; memories flooding back for my father and the story of the school’s pivotal role in the education of the youth of Dundalk since 1869 unfolding once again as the two men talked together.
Listening to my dad reminisce about his education, I imagine his story as a fairly common one for his generation and the generations after his.
He was born in 1923, the third son of seven children. His father was a master blacksmith who worked on the Great Northern Railway but it was primarily from his mother that the wish for a good education came.
He started primary school in 1928 with the Sisters of Mercy and then moved in 1929 and went to the Christian Brothers’ primary, in the 60th year of the school’s founding.
His first teacher was a Belfast man, Johnny Barnes. My father remembers him fondly as a great soccer player – something with which the Brothers at the time were not too enamoured.
Robert McQuillan still remembers the names, and personalities, of most of the teachers, the laymen and the Brothers, who taught him.
He remembers the exact fee for the education he received – 30 shillings a term, with the third boy and following boys free.
My father tells me very matter-of-factly that without the Christian Brothers and other Religious Orders like them in the town, there would have been no education at all for boys like him.
He doesn’t ‘sugar coat’ it either, acknowledging the complexity of the history of the Brothers in Ireland.
But for my dad, he will always be grateful for the rich educational experience he received from them and what it empowered him to do with his life.
Four of the six boys in my father’s family – one little boy, Danny, sadly died from diphtheria as a child – went on to sit their Leaving Certificate.
His sister and two of his brothers sat the Intermediate Certificate, now the Junior Certificate. This was no mean feat in terms of academic achievement for those times.
One of my father’s happiest memories was the day the Leaving Certificate results were published.
Brother Sullivan came out to the family home and the envelope was handed over with very matter of fact words of congratulations; he had come in the top four candidates in the town.
The results were published in the Dundalk Democrat and my grandfather carried the newspaper cutting to show his friends at work. That was in 1941.
A number of years later and all of my uncles who achieved their Leaving Certificate results read at university, with one going on to gain a PhD in mathematics.
My dad graduated as a mature student with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from University College Dublin.
It is worth remembering, of course, that all of this happened in my father’s family well before the introduction of free education.
Fast forward to this year, and having helped prepare many thousands of young people for the world in which we live, my dad’s old school in Dundalk will celebrate, with a certain very justifiable pride and satisfaction, 150 years of its existence in 2019.
Across every town in Ireland, north and south, similar schools were set up by large numbers of religious men and women. They were founded to serve the needs of local communities.
In the case of the Christian Brothers, founded by Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice in the early part of the 19th century, ‘the local’ mattered a great deal.
Local needs around education were met locally. Well over 100 schools were established up and down the country, the most recent one in Bray, Co Wicklow in 1956.
The history of these schools is obviously mixed – and that of course, must be remembered – but that they sought to serve local communities, especially poorer communities, is significant.
One of Blessed Edmund Rice’s most famous sayings is: “Were we to know the merit and value of only going from one street to another to serve a neighbour for the love of God, we should prize it more than silver and gold.”
The theme of Catholic School’s Week in 2019 – which is being celebrated this week – is ‘Celebrating the Work of our Local Catholic Schools’.
For all of us who benefited from a Catholic education, it is worth reflecting that when we talk about the characteristic spirit or ethos of our local Catholic schools, we are not just talking about the faith context of the school, although that is important; rather, we are also referring to the school’s history, and geographical and social context.
All of this will hopefully make for a rich, honest and very real celebration of all that has been achieved in Catholic education in local communities and in the lives of thousands – even hundreds of thousands – of young people.
Among that number my dad, Robert McQuillan, is very happy to count himself.
Kate Liffey is the National Director for Catechetics and co-ordinator of the National Faith Development Team Council for Catechetics of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
This article appears in the Faith Matters column of The Irish News newspaper of 31 January 2019 to coincide with the celebration of Catholic Schools Week 2019.
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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 2018 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.
DEATH has occurred of Fr. Bob Barry late of Lahardane who died in London.
DEATH has taken place of Fr. Brian Dalton, Florida USA & Bridge Rd. Reposing Gleasures Funeral Home, Listowel Wednesday 12th Dec. arriving to the Church for 7.30pm. Requiem Mass Thursday 11.30am. Burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery.
DEATH took place of Sean (John) O'Connor, Inchamore, Listowel, on the 1st December 2018, son of the late John. Survived by his mother Margaret, sister Mary, brothers B.J. and Gerard, nephews John, Jamie and Connor, niece Lisa, sister-in-law Bridget, brother-in-law Sean, aunts Sr. Augustine, Sr. Cornelius (Sacremento, USA) Bridie (Loughill), Mary (Glin) and Catherine (Ballybunion).
DEATH took place on 11th August 2018 of Sr. Ita Rochford of Our Lady of Fatima Home, Oakpark, Tralee, and Ballyduff, County Kerry, sister of Michael and the late Sean, Patsy and Anton. Sadly missed by her loving family, the Mercy Sisters, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, great-grandnephews and greatgrandnieces, brother-in-law John, sisters-in-law Brenda, relatives and friends.
DEATH has taken place of Fr. Noel Moran, Lahard, Beaufort, Killarney and formally of Brosna on Wednesday 8th August 2018. He was a former curate in Moyvane/ Knockanure Parish.
Kerryman, September 07, 1968; Fr. Thomas Noel Moran to be Curate in Moyvane. Kerryman Saturday, June 19, 1971; Curates transferred by His Lordship are: Rev. Bernard Fitzgerald from Killorglin to Moyvane; Rev. Noel Moran from, Moyvane to Killorglin.
DEATH, Very Reverend Canon James Neville Pastor Emeritus Abbeyfeale and formerly of Neville’s Cross, Kilfinny, Co. Limerick, died on July 29th. 2018; sadly missed by his sister Eithne, sister-in-law Margaret, niece, nephew, grandniece, grandnephews, his housekeeper Bernadette Hyland, Bishop Brendan, the priests of the diocese, all his other relatives, parishioners and a large circle of friends.
Older people remember him as a great hurler, who played with the best of them.
BISHOP LACY: On Friday August 3 the Bishop Lacy Stone unveiled at Ardagh Graveyard as part of the St Molua Pattern Mass at 6.30pm. A talk on Bishop Lacy by Dr Michael White of Madrid held later in the Community Centre. Another event, on Sunday August 5 a 12k walk from Bishop Lacy’s birthplace Dromadda, Athea to Ardagh Community Centre.
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.
DEATH has occurred of Fr. William Buckley, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Munich, Germany and formerly of Derry, Listowel. Died 19th July 2018, Predeceased by his sisters Sheila and Betty, Survived by his brothers Bobby and Tim, sisters Peggie, Josie and Mary, sisters-in-law Mary and Phyl, brothers-in-law Micky and Sean, nieces and nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Requiem Mass on Saturday was celebrated at St. Mary’s Church, Listowel, and burial afterwards In St. Michael’s Cemetery, Listowel.
The Club would like to congratulate Fr. Sean Jones, Moyvane on his ordination on Sunday 1st July 2018. A wonderful and joyful occasion celebrated by many parishioners he became the first priest to be ordained in the Diocese of Kerry since 2007. Fr. Sean Jones’s ordination was held in the Church of the Assumption Moyvane in a ceremony presided over by Bishop Ray Browne. We would like to wish Fr. Jones the very best in his future ministry.
A COMMUNITY THAT CREATES ... I am reminded of the opening hymn of the Ordination last Sunday ... “This Day was made by Lord, we rejoice and are glad”. Sunday was truly a day to rejoice and to celebrate the faith that each one of us has in our hearts. All of us on that day, I am sure, felt a sense of how alive our faith is in our Church and how we are stronger when we gather together. During the ceremony, thoughts of life growing up in Moyvane ran through my mind, the people who journeyed with me, be it my neighbours in Aughrim, my teachers in Murhur, the friends I sat with in the classroom, the farmers on their way to the creamery, the faces from around the village, the gathering for Mass on the weekends ... it was community, it was a sense of being part of something other than just ourselves. It is where we learn to become the people the Lord wants us to be, people of love and compassion. Vocations are a result of community, a community that shares faith, encourages prayer and supports participation in the life of the Church. Over the years that faith was shared with me, I was encouraged by everyone’s prayers and I was supported and encouraged to make it a lived reality in my life. May the vulnerabilities of our lives not prevent us from knowing the Lord who loves us unconditionally. Let these days be one of new beginnings where we can re-enkindle the fire of faith within us, that our hearts, minds and souls are gazing upon the love, mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ. Let us support each other on that journey. Fr. Seán Jones. (From Parish newsletter)
The year i did my leaving cert my favourite teacher was Mrs Breda Carmody. The staff names. Sr Cyril, Mrs Mary Hanrahan, Mrs Prendiville, Mr Tony Behan, Mrs Kay Foley, Sr Eileen, Mrs Colette Daly, Mrs Mary O Flaherty, Mr John Flaherty, Mrs Nolan, Sr Elizabeth, Sr Cecelia, Mr Tony Tarrant, Mrs Mc Guire, Miss Prendiville, Mr Beecher, Sr Gemma, Sr Sheila, Sr Consolata ,Monsignor O' Mahony, Mrs Breda Carmody, Mrs Noreen Mc Carthy, Mrs Eileen Mulvihill, Mrs Anne Dillon, Mrs Kathleen Hayes,
It all began in 1842 when Fr. Darby Mahony, the then Parish Priest of Listowel, decided to build a Presentation Convent in Listowel. In May 1844, four nuns came to Listowel from Milltown, to run the convent. Their main objective was to open a National School in Listowel.
On the day of the opening 300 pupils attended but this number soon rose to 500.
DEATH has taken place of Fr. Roger Duggan MSC, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Western Road, Cork City and Listowel, Co. Kerry on the 14th of May 2018. Sadly missed by his sister Una Hayes and brother-in-law Liam Hayes (Tanavalla, Listowel), niece Julia, nephew Danny, grandnephew Mathew and his fellow Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Ireland and Australia. Bishop Ray and several priests celebrated Requiem Mass for Fr. Duggan on Thursday 17th May 2018. Burial afterwards in St. John Paul II Cemetery, Ballybunion Road, Listowel. He was Born Wales, reared Birmingham, and Ordained 1993.
Fr Duggan Listowel; Born Wales, reared Birmingham, Ordained 1993 worked in Australia.
He had family in Kerry.
Brother Patrick Power, RIP
Brother Patrick Power, FSC, of the District of Eastern North America, died April 3, 2018, at De La Salle Hall in Lincroft, New Jersey. At age 105, he was the oldest Brother in the worldwide Institute.
Monday, April 9, 2018
9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Viewing
10:00 a.m., Mass of Christian Burial
La Salle Hall
6001 Ammendale Road
Beltsville, MD 20705-1202
Burial at Christian Brothers Cemetery
Born: December 22, 1912 in Pittsburgh, PA
Entered the Novitiate: June 21, 1931, Ammendale, MD
Received the Religious Habit: September 7, 1931
Pronounced Perpetual Vows: 1937
1932-1935, Washington, D.C., De La Salle College: scholasticate
1935-1939, Philadelphia, PA, La Salle College High School: teacher
1939-1940, Washington, D.C., De La Salle College: study
1940-1942, Philadelphia, PA, La Salle College High School: teacher
1942-1942, Cumberland, MD, La Salle High School: teacher
1942-1961, Washington, D.C., St. John’s College High School: teacher
1961-1975, Pittsburgh, PA, South Hills Catholic High School: teacher
1975-1978, Baltimore, MD, Calvert Hall College High School: library assistant
1978-1979, Philadelphia, PA, Jeremy House: staff
1979-1981, Ammendale, MD, Holy Family Community: director (study at Loyola College)
1981-1984, Wheaton, MD, Brothers’ Community: resident
1984-1996, Pittsburgh, PA, Seton-La Salle High School: resident
1996-2005, Pittsburgh, PA, Central Catholic High School: resident
2005-2014, Ammendale, MD, La Salle Hall: resident
2014-2018, Lincroft, NJ, De La Salle Hall: resident
By Anna Waddelove| April 5th, 2018|News, People, on Brother Patrick Power, RIP
On March 10, 2018, Margaret Mary Joyce SSL and Eithne Woulfe SSL facilitated one of three pre-Regional Assembly meetings, as we move towards the Regional Assembly in Dromantine March from 23-25. The Rathmines Community hosted this meeting, which welcomed approximately 40 participants. The purpose of the meeting was to give a flavour of the ELM gathering in Ghana, and to ask questions on how we are going to organise ourselves in the future,
Kerryman North Edition, Wednesday, August 25, 2010; Section: Front Page
OBITUARIES: The death took place recently of Sister Barbara (Kit) Murphy, of Moore Abbey, Monastervin and late of Clounmacon, Listowel. Sister Barbara had always been a regular visitor to Clounmacon where her nephew Tom lives. Sincere sympathy of the Community is extended to her Community, the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, Monastervin, her nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Feb 1 1985 Kerryman
CONGRATULATIONS to Sr. Anastasia Maloney, Bon Secours Convent, Ramsgate, Kent, England, on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee. Sr. Anastasia is the former Nell Maloney of Coilagurteen, sister of Mrs. Hannie O'Connell, Croughatoosane, and of the late John Maloney. She spent part of her early days with her aunt Elizabeth Loughnane, Dromin, and she received her primary education at Clounmacon National School.
Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, February 26, 1972; Page: 26
AS SUPPLIED BY OUR AREA CORRESPONDENTS
MONDAY, February 14, was, a day of special rejoicing for Thomas, and Mary Margaret Enright, Doonard, Tarbert, when they celebrated the Golden Jubilee of their- wedding. The whole family and many friends were present, for Mass celebrated in their home by Fr.Tim, C.S.Sp,, who-had come home from California. Other members of the family present were Sr. M. Kevin, Holy Child Sisters. Harcourt St., Dublin, Sr. M Aquin, Holy Rosary Sisters, from Kenya, Sister M, Rosalie , Holy Rosary Sisters, South Africa. Captain Jerry from Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Breda from Dublin . Margaret, from Listowel, Thomas, from England, and Jimmy and Danny from, the home front. About 150 letters and telegrams of congratulations were received and read at the lunch. This happy Occasion was also historical in that present also were the best man and bridesmaid at their wedding 5O years ago... They were Mr Thomas Dillane and Mrs. Tony Barton. The writer also on behalf of the whole community, would like to offer congratulations and wish. Mr. and Mrs. Enright many more years of happiness together.
DEATH; Sr. Eileen Brosnan, died in Australia late of The Cot, Kilmorna.
Sister Margaret Patrice Slattery, Promises to Keep: A History of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas; Volume 1, Historical Development from 1869 to 1994 (San Antonio: Publisher Unknown, 1998), 4-6; Handbook of Texas Online, Sister Josephine Kennelly, C.C.V.I., “Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio,” accessed October 30, 2017,http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ixs02.
 Handbook of Texas Online, Sister Josephine Kennelly, C.C.V.I., “Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio,” accessed October 30, 2017,http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ixs02; Promises to Keep, 6-7.
The San Francisco call 1898/02/20
...1898, at St.-Mary's Hospital, Rev. Cornelius O'Connor of I'kiah, Cat., brother of Sister Mary Teresa of Sacramento and Thomas C... (Knockanure, California, United States - 1898)
Clarion Herald, 30 May 1963
Fr. Kearney observes anniversary ST. FRANCISVILLE - The Rev. Myles Kearney, pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church in St. Francisville. celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination May 28. Bishop Robert E. Tracy of Baton Rouge presided at the Mass of thanksgiving sung by Father Kearney. Father Kearney was born in Newtownsandes county. Kerry. Ireland. He was ordained in 1938 at St. Patrick’s college. Carlow. Ireland. His first assignment in the U.S. was assistant pastor of St. Joseph’s church in Rawlins. Wyo. In 1943 he was transferred to Epiphany church in New York city. Father Kearney served as assistant pastor of St. Anthony in Baton Rouge and St. Leo the Great in New Orleans, becoming pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in 1955.
MICHELLE LUCID: We received an e-mail from Fr. John’s niece during the week recalling some of her
memories of him and his time in Moyvane. The following is an excerpt from it. The full e-mail can be read at the Sacred Space in Moyvane Church or on the Notice Board in Knockanure Church.“ Living in Australia, I didn't make it home to say goodbye to my Uncle John. Not getting to say goodbye to a loved one is hard so I want to thank all of you who did say goodbye. Uncle John loved Moyvane. He believed it would be his last parish. My Dad and I visited Uncle John in Moyvane 6 years ago. This would be the last time I would see him. He was so happy and settled. He loved it. Moyvane is a beautiful part of the world. This is how I will remember Uncle John, leaning on his bike outside the Parochial House in his beloved Moyvane, talking to people who walked by. You all had a massive impact on his life and I know that this makes it easier on my dad, having lost his little brother, to know that the 12 years spent in Moyvane were among his favourite.
Uncle John may be resting in Kilcummin but his heart is in Moyvane and always will be. Thank you all and my thoughts are with you at this time.”
Funeral of Fr. Pat Moore in St. Mary’s, Asdee. (From Kerry Diocese site)
This morning three realities have converged to gather us together here in St. Mary’s Church, Asdee and they did so also yesterday evening at Fr. Pat’s wake; and those realities are faith, friendship and death. We are celebrating his Requiem Mass; that is a matter of faith. Our coming together from near and far is rooted in friendship. And the reason for our presence is because our friend has died. Of course one definite way of integrating Pat’s personality into proceedings, both sacred and profane, is by incorporating an element of mischief or intrigue or by creating some confusion! What other logical explanation could there possibly be for printing one Gospel text in the funeral booklet, and then proceeding to use an entirely different one! But there were in fact two very good reasons for choosing that Gospel passage: firstly, because it was the Gospel text for last Sunday, which turned out to be Fr. Pat’s last Sunday on this earth; had he been well enough to celebrate the Eucharist on that day, then it is the Gospel he would have used. Sunday – the day of resurrection, An Domhnach – the Lord’s day, the most important day of the entire week for a Christian. The 2nd reason for using the text from St. Luke that recounts the seven mile walk of the two disciples from Jerusalem to Emmaus, is precisely because the account of their experience along the way has echoes of the three realities that have brought us together: faith, friendship and death.
At many funerals there’s probably one question that’s often asked – it may not necessarily be expressed aloud, but it is certainly a thought in somebody’s mind on seeing another whose presence arouses curiosity; and the question is: How’s your man here? Or: What’s your wan’s connection? There are many connections here today. In my own case it dates back almost 44 years to September 1973 when, after the Intercert, Pat transferred from St. Michael’s College, Listowel to continue with his secondary education in St. Brendan’s, Killarney; then it was on to Maynooth for three years; and from there we went to the Irish College in Rome for four years. And I wish to acknowledge the presence of colleagues from other dioceses, along with contemporaries from our days in the St. Brendan’s, Maynooth and Rome. Whoever and whatever it was that created the connection and forged the friendship, that’s who we all are – friends who are connected by and through a friend; friends who recall the life of a friend – be it through school or college, or from the stage, be it through parish, or poetry or film or radio. It reminds me of an occasion when WB Yeats is reputed to have visited the Municipal Gallery in Dublin, wherein he found himself surrounded by the portraits of the great and the good of Irish social, cultural and political life; as was his want, he penned a poem for the occasion, which concluded with the words: “think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends”.
As friends we come to offer sympathy and the support of our prayers to Fr. Pat’s family: to his brothers Michael & Diarmuid, and their wives Jacintha & Geraldine, to his niece and nephews, to his cousins in various generations, to his neighbours and to all who supported
him and cared for him during his illness. In our prayers we remember also his parents Mick and Peg – Mick’s 20th anniversary is this year, and Peg’s 3rd anniversary will be in September. We’re here therefore not to be mere spectators, as one might be at a football match or at a concert; we’re here to participate in the prayer of the Church, to pray for his forgiveness and healing, to pray for his happiness, and to pray for his eternal repose and his peace. We’re here because we believe that through the resurrection of our Divine Saviour, resurrection is also possible for us. Resurrection is not resuscitation; rather it is transfiguration. Words of the apostle Paul to the Philippians(3:21) seem apt: “from heaven comes the saviour we are awaiting for, the Lord Jesus Christ, and he will transfigure these wretched bodies of our into copies of his own glorious body”. That’s the faith of the Church, that’s the faith that gathers us together and that’s the faith from which and through which we derive consolation. But lest we forget, wherever there is faith, then frailty is never too far away; there will always be an angel of Satan to wrestle with. In this regard the inscription on the souvenir card of Fr. Pat’s ordination is instructive: “Lord, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church.”
There is grief and heartbreak at the death of our friend and colleague. Like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus who had lost their friend, our faces are also downcast. But now that Fr. Pat is dead, is that the end of everything? At this time of grief, let’s not lose sight of what priesthood is, and the purpose of Fr. Pat’s ministry and the ministry of all who serve the Church, in whatever capacity. The Gospel text gives us an insight into ministry when, walking with the one they supposed to be a stranger, it tells us that the two disciples “pressed him to stay with them”. Why? Because the conversation along the road had been riveting; because “the stranger” had opened the eyes of their minds and, as it were, had peeled away their blindness to help them understand who God is; thereby he had nourished them with his wisdom and he had nourished them in their search and in their emptiness and he had awakened in them a desire to seek more. But for that to happen, there had to be and there has to be an openness; otherwise the conversation would be as fruitless as ploughing a desert. Openness to God is a risk, as it may mean we will be disturbed in our comfort zone and we may be taken to places we would rather not go.
In the Easter issue of the catholic weekly, The Tablet, there was an article about the Jesuit Philosopher Frederick Copleston, with whose work Pat would have been acquainted. And when reflecting on the great minds of Copleston’s era, the author of the article concludes as follows: “The lesson of history … is that while change overtakes us, equally nothing is lost. The task for laity and Religious, therefore, is not to take comfort in nostalgic reverie or lament a lost age, but to re-engage, be it in different circumstances, in the intellectual and cultural work to which those earlier figures were committed and to which they contributed so much ad maiorem dei gloriam – (for the greater glory of God)”. That, in essence, captures what it means to be a priest, but not just to be a priest, but to be a Christian, and it sums up also the purpose of the Church in its many manifestations. Let everything be done for the greater glory of God.
When Fr. Pat visited your house, quite often he would not arrive alone but in the company of another, perhaps a complete stranger. If there were an advance telephone call, which was most unlikely, it would replicate the introduction at the kitchen door: “I’m calling in for a minute because there’s a wonderful person you must meet”. He could have done that not alone in Kerry, but just as easily in Dublin or Belfast or Galway or elsewhere, from where people have travelled today to be with us. And that’s why he could be enthralling and frustrating in equal in measure – and never more so than when you had enough food for one or two at suppertime and out of the blue, there are four – or more! He loved conversation and he revelled in company, perhaps even craved company. And God rest his mother Peg, he must have broken her heart arriving unannounced with yet another unexpected mouth to be fed. But since this latest episode of his illness emerged in February 2015, many have said it was a blessing that she was gone before him, because she had been through a lot of stress when Fr. Pat was ill 22 years ago. Prior to Peg’s death, he had been her carer for a considerable number of years; but in recent times the kindness of many to him, in several different ways, had been, in turn, Peg for him.
As we bid him farewell, we cherish the memories and the conversations. And the arguments! And as we reflect on his journey, in its many strands and complexities, one of the lessons we can learn is this: perhaps the less we are able to do – as distinct from the less we do, which is laziness – perhaps the less we are able to do, the more we are able to accomplish. And this gathering bears eloquent testimony to that truth. But above all we must not abandon or forget the purpose of his ministry and the ministry of all priests, but endeavour instead to keep that ministry alive. In many respects that will be the true measure and the true depth both of our friendship and of our faith, because it was the mutual search for Jesus Christ that was the source of our friendship, that gave meaning to our friendship and that is it’s ultimate conclusion. Otherwise, Fr. Pat will not just be gone, but he will also be forgotten, and his living and his suffering will have been in vain.
A Phadraig, a chara, tá súil agam go shroicfidh tú an Ríocht bheannaithe, agus ‘s mo dhócas go mbeimídne, agus gach éinne atá bailithe anseo inniu, araon le chéile arís in oileán na bParthas. Slán abhaile, agus suimhneas síoraí i gcomhluadar na hEaghlaise neamhaí. Amen.
Fr Gearoid Walsh Funeral of Fr. Pat Moore in St. Mary’s, Asdee – 4/05/’17
Pat Moore, priest, educator, author and friend was born in Asdee in Kerry in 1957. He was ordained a priest in 1982 and ministered for 33 years, till being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in January 2015. Pat told his own story in his book Weathering A Storm which was published last year. The special connections Pat has made with so many people was demonstrated at the launch in Listowel. From St. Michael College Listowel, to St. Brendan’s College Killarney, to St Patrick’s College Maynooth to the Irish College in Rome, Pat made great friends and connected in a wonderful way with people. His first parish was Listowel and then following training in Mount Oliver he became Director of Primary Religious Ed. and Assistant Director (Diocesan) of Adult Religious Education in our diocese. In 1994 he became curate of Rathmore (Gneeveguilla) then Lixnaw (Irremore)1998 then 2004 parish priest of Duagh. Everywhere Pat ministered he gathered people and friends. Pat was central to the Horizons Radio Kerry programme and he worked on several sets of Just A Thought. Pat approached everything he did with creativity, a contagious energy and enthusiasm. He is sadly missed but we are all better for having known him.