We are appalled at the spectacle of a beheaded American reporter. Imagine how appalled we would be at the spectacle of a beheaded American president. But just that was the spectacle that the Calvinists (Puritans) of Britain mounted for the edification of their country when they beheaded the Anglican King Charles I in 1649. That execution came midway in a religious civil war that lasted fully nine years (1642-1651) and cost Ireland (which suffered a reign of terror comparable to that of ISIS) and Britain more lives, proportionately, than the two islands would lose in World War I.





Belinda Monahan is a Benedictine Sister at St. Scholastica Monastery in Chicago. With an academic background in archaeology, anthropology and Eastern languages, she worked as an archaeologist, primarily as a faunal analyst in Armenia and the greater Near East. After making final monastic profession in 2014, she worked in parish ministry and on the executive committee of the managing board of the National Religious Vocation Conference. She currently serves as assistant campus minister at the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University and as vocation minister for her community.




How has your prayer life grown in religious life? What makes it grow?




Every day, morning and evening, Sister Vivian wheels herself or is wheeled into St. Joseph Chapel at my monastery to take part in community prayers. Often, when I come home from work after supper, she is in the same chapel, alone in the dark, in silent prayer.




At 108, Sister Vivian can no longer see to read, so her participation in community prayer is limited to recitation of the psalms and canticles that she has memorized over the years. Even when she can no longer pray as she once did, her faithfulness to prayer, both communal and private, is both a support in my own prayer life and example I strive to follow.






Jubilarians are hailed for their prayers, compassion, and service




DOUGLASTON — A collective 6,780 years of service to God was celebrated on Saturday, May 7, as women and men religious from the Diocese of Brooklyn gathered at Immaculate Conception Center for their Jubilee Mass.




The Mass, which was celebrated by Bishop Robert Brennan, is held each year to honor the contributions of women and men religious who are marking the 25th, 50th, 60th, 65th, 70th, and 75th anniversaries of taking their vows. It also provides an opportunity for the jubilarians to stand in church and publicly renew those vows in the presence of the bishop.




There were 112 jubilarians honored this year. Sister Maryann Seton Lopiccolo S.C., the episcopal delegate for the religious in the diocese, noted to the honorees that collectively they had amassed almost-7,000 years of service to the Church.




Because the pandemic prevented a Jubilee Mass in 2020 and caused a scaled-down celebration in 2021, this year saw jubilarians from all three years — 2020, 2021, and 2022 — honored on Saturday.




Last year, Sister Maryann worked with Bishop Emeritus Nicholas DiMarzio to come up with a creative way to salute the jubilarians despite the ongoing pandemic. They organized a hybrid celebration in which Bishop DiMarzio celebrated Mass at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, and a six-minute video created by DeSales Media Group — the communications and technology ministry of the diocese — was presented on NET-TV immediately afterward.




The lack of large-scale celebrations last year and the year before made this year’s Mass even more special, participants said.




“The last two years have been a challenge. Well, we’re finally here. We are celebrating special milestones in our journey,” said Sister Maryann, who marked her 50th year as a Sister of Charity – Halifax in 2020.




Women and men religious have made their mark over the decades in the fields of education, health care, and social work but have also made valuable contributions in private by helping people one-on-one, Bishop Brennan noted.








The death on 20 May 2021 of Sr. Rupert Corkery of Presentation Convent, Killarney, Kerry / Millstreet, Cork. Formerly of Liscahane, Millstreet. Predeceased by her parents Michael and Eileen, her stepmother Frances, her brothers Denis, Ted, Michael and Gerry (Br. Vincent, de la Salle) and her sister-in-law Eily Corkery. Survived by her sister Eily Buckley, brother Jack, sisters-in-law Maureen and Johanna, nieces and nephews, relatives, her Presentation Community and her many dear friends.


Tribute: Your name will live on in Killarney! My sympathies to Rupert's immediate family, her many friends and Presentation Sisters who have known and loved her in life. I will miss the jovial banter enjoyed when in her presence. Her musical accomplishments will, no doubt be appreciated by the Heavenly Choirs. May you rest in perfect peace, Rupert!


Rupert O 'Sullivan, Presentation Brothers, Killarney




1974-03-02 Irish People- page2


Cumann na mBan Death The death of Miss Nora Buckley, late of Patrick Street, has removed from Listowel one of the town's most popular citizens. Nora was a member of an old and highly respected family which could lay claim to a rich national tradition. Her recent retirement from a business which she had shared with her sister, Tessie, who survives her, had surely been enlivened by memories of the grim and colourful experiences which she had shared with so many other Irish girls during the war of independence when she played an active role as a member of Cumann na mBan, attached to the North Kerry Brigade. The funeral following Requiem Mass celebrated in St. Mary's Parish Church was a splendid tribute to her memory. She is survived by her sister, Tessie Buckley, Mrs. Conlen, Boston, Rev. Laurence Buckley, USA, Rev. Lawrence Goulding, do., Corns Buckley, U.S.A., John Buckley, American Air Force, and Mrs. Lena Buckley, Listowel (sister-in-law), etc.








1816 – The foundation of the Congregation on January 25.


– Father Eugene de Mazenod with four other companions began to live a community life in Aix-en-Provence, France.






Mahony, Patrick; Born in Leeds, England, on 16 July 1833.Took the habit in Sicklinghall on 16 February 1854


Final Oblation in Sicklinghall on 17 February 1856 (No. 565) Died in Daingean on 21 May 1916






Egan, James; Born in Killarney, Ireland, on December 16, 1792


Ordained priest for diocese of Kerry in September 1816 Took the habit in Grace Dieu on January 24, 1849. Oblation in Maryvale, on January 25, 1850 (No. 273).Died in Stillorgan, Ireland, on March 26, 1869








DEATH: Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Quinlan, Salford Diocese, Manchester and formerly Cahill’s Park, Tralee, died on 10th March 2022, son of the late Thomas and Mary (nee Daly), also pre-deceased by his sister Marie Murphy, his brothers Fr John S.M.A. and Olly (Dublin), brother-in-law Frank Murphy, niece Miriam Murphy and nephew John Quinlan. Survived by his brothers Tommy, Mons. Michael (Salford Diocese), sisters Philomena Casey and Adrienne Young, sisters-in-law Yvonne & Áine, brothers-in-law Derek Casey & J.J. Young, The Clergy of the Diocese of Kerry and Salford, his nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, his long standing housekeeper Marlyn Waldron,




Red Bluff News, Volume XIX, Number 34, 8 July 1904


SAD DOUBLE DROWNING Two Theological Students Find Watery Graves William J. Orr and William Barry Victims of Swimming Accident Neat Paskenta, on Friday Morning




Mr. Barry was a native of County Kerry, Ireland, and formerly resided in San Francisco where an 'older brother Rev. Father Barry, is a curate of St. Patrick’s church. He is also survived by a sister who is a nun in the Dominican Convent at San Rafael.






Press Democrat, Volume XLII, Number 184, 6 August 1915


DEATH AT MIDNIGHT OF REV. FATHER LEAHY OF PETALUMA Much Beloved Priest Dies Suddenly While on an Outing at Duncans Springs—Many Years of Labour in Sonoma County




At midnight the Rev. Father Jeremiah Leahy, beloved pastor of St. Vincent’s Roman Catholic Church, Petaluma, died at Duncan Springs, where he went a short time since.




Kerry News 1894-1941, Monday, September 26, 1927; Page: 3






Mother M. Veronica Duggan, who died at the Convent of Mercy, Grafton N.S.W., aged 79, was a native of Kerry. She went to Grafton with the first band of Sisters from Bermondsey, London, and founded a number of convents. For twelve years she was Superior of the Order.




Kerry Reporter 1924-1935, Saturday, November 14, 1931; Page: 5






Mrs. Delhi Murphy, Native Of Kerry.




Mrs. Delia Murphy  a native of Kerry, and daughter of the late Timothy and Catherine Dunleavy, died suddenly at San Francisco. Surviving are her husband, J. J. Murphy, two daughters, one son, two grandchildren, and the following sistors and brothers: Sister Mary Leilia,? of Rome, Italy ; Sister Mary Andrew, of Lancashire, England : Sister Maria Bernard, of Youghal. Ireland : Patrick, Denis and Francis Dunleavy, Mrs. M. Scanlan and Mrs J. Jones of San Francisco: Mrs. ?. Fallon, of llodwocd ? City: John _TWnard and Sheila Dunleavy and Mrs. J. Stack, of Ireland.




The Liberator (Tralee) 1914-1939, Tuesday, September 04, 1928; Page: 3






Most Rev. Patrick J. Keane, D.D., Lord Bishop of Sacramento, died on Sunday at the Bishop's House, Sacramento, California.


Brothers Irish Priests.


He has two brothers in the priesthood in Ireland—Rev. John Keane, S.J., Rathfarnham, Dublin, and Rev. Wm. Keane, P.P., Milltown, Kerry. The diocese of Sacramento covers a territory of 9 2,000 square miles in northern California and Nevada.




Nationalist and Leinster Times 1883-current, Friday, August 05, 1966; Page: 12




REV.- FR. Griffin, a native of Kerry who is home on holidays  from New Zealand, is presently acting chaplain at Moore Abbey, Monasterevan. He is deputising for Rev. Fr. Tynan, who is on holiday. Also visiting the Sisters of Charity at Moore Abbey are Rev. Sr. Gonzaga, Pakistan and Rev. Mother Baptist, Ceylon, both natives of Kerry and who are members of the same order.




Kerry News 1894-1941, Wednesday, May 02, 1934; Page: 6


Dr'. Maurice McKenna, a native of Kerry, has been appointed Medical Officer of Health for the City of Brunswick. Brunswick is a suburb of Melbourne, and is the second city in Victoria.




Dr. McKenna  attended Clandouglas National School in the early days of Masters Maurice Kearney and Jeremiah Deane, when Dr. Shanahan and Master Peter Gleasure were also pupils at that school.


.Dr. McKenna is a nephew of the late Archpriest, Maurice McKenna (Duagh), who was Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Melbourne.




Killarney Echo and South Kerry Chronicle 1899-1920, Saturday, March 15, 1913; Page: 3


A Native of Kerry


It is with feelings of the deepest regret that his many friends and old pupils read the announcement of the death of Rev. Brother Laserian O'Connell, of the Christian Brothers, which occurred on Monday last, at the House of the Order in Wexford.




The Liberator (Tralee) 1914-1939, Saturday, November 09, 1918; Section: Front page, Page: 1




"Within the past few days his numerous Irish friends in London paid special honour to the Very Rev. Canon Timothy J. King, a native of the Diocese of Kerry, who--was recently raised to the purple on the nomination of Cardinal Bourne.




The Liberator (Tralee) 1914-1939, Saturday, August 28, 1926; Page: 9




Redlands; In more recent times. Monsignor Fitzgerald was made Promontory Apostolic, co that his full title in Rt. Rev. Monsignor T. J. Fitzgerald, P.A., V.F. (llig.it Rev. Monsignor T. J. Fitzgerald, who was at one time a C.C., in Tralee, is brother of the respected P.P., of Fines, Rev. M. P. Fitzgerald, -and the late Rev. J. K. Fitzgerald, P.P., of Ardfert, was his brother.)








Irish Independent 1905-current, Monday, September 22, 1969; Page: 9


Medical Missionaries is a native of Kerry


By Joseph Power


SISTER M. Stella Phelan (44), a native of Tarbert, Co. Kerry, has been appointed Mother General of the Medical Missionaries of Mary.




She, succeeds Mother Mary Martin, who founded the Medical Missionaries in 1937. Mother Stella Phelan, who is in Uganda, where she is Medical Officer in the Medical Missionaries hospital, is expected in Drogheda in a few days’ time.






DEATH of Sister Perpetua O’Keeffe, (Cork, Convent of Mercy, Skibbereen, Co. Cork and formerly of Kilmeaney, Kilmorna, Listowel, on 17th March 2022. Sister Perpetua, (Kathleen), daughter of the late Joseph and Ellen O’Keeffe and sister of Con, Brendan, Sheila, Eileen, Bridie and the late Mai and Theresa. Sadly missed by the Sisters of Mercy, her brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, former colleagues and past pupils of Mercy Heights Secondary School.


Reception Saturday (19th) at 10.30am into the Church of the Assumption, Moyvane, for 11.00am Requiem Mass, funeral afterwards to Ahavoher Cemetery.




DEATH of Ella Corridan (née Quinlan) The Square, Listowel, on 23rd February 2022. Wife of the late Dr Robert and mother of Pat, Veronica, Catherine, Richard, Robert, Paul, Bernice and John. Predeceased by her sister Margaret (Keane), brother Brendan, stepsisters Rosie (Harty), Bertha (Kenny), Mary (Sr. Brendan) and stepbrother Richard. Sadly missed by her family, sister Ray (Colivet), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law, Mary, Marge, Dolores, Annette and Jo and sons-in-law Con and Hugh, nieces, and nephews.




Irish Examiner 1841-current, Tuesday, September 26, 1933; Page: 4




The death of the late Sister Regis Kennelly, of the Presentation Convent, Listowel, which occurred at a private nursing home in Dublin in the 51st year of her age and the 31st of her religious profession, has occasioned genuine and widespread regret throughout North Kerry. She devoted her talents to teaching, and she endeared herself to parents and scholars alike, many of whom travelled many miles to be present at her funeral.


Following Requiem Mass at the Convent Chapel, Listowel, the interment took place. The chief mourners were: Mother Gerard, Presentation Novitiate, Oakpark, Tralee; Mrs. Moran, Keylod (sister); Jerh. Kennelly, Knockanure, M.C.C. (brother); Patk. Kennelly and Patk. Moran (nephews), Eileen Kennelly, Mary Moran (nieces); John J. Kennelly, J. P. Kennelly, P. D. Kennelly, John D. Kennelly, Patk. Kennelly, Timothy Kennelly, Thomas Lyons, B. Cunningham (cousins).




O’DOHERTY, Monsignor Donal (Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry and former Parish Priest, Holy Cross Church, Dundrum). Died February 14, 2022, at Orwell Nursing Home. Regretted by his sisters Maeve and Una, his brother Brian, his brother-in-law Gene, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, classmates and fellow-clergy, Archbishop Dermot Farrell, parishioners, friends and colleagues. Requiescat in pace. Remembering the following deceased; his parents, Séamus and Susan, his brother Canon Micheál, his sister Maura and brothers-in-law Matt and Roy.




Death February 2022 of Sr Margaret (Austin) Stack, Liverpool U.K. (order of Servants of the Mother of God), late of Cahirdown, Listowel.




Feb 2020 Tarbert Notes;


The death took place of Sr Sacred Heart Meade, St Vincent’s Convent, Galway and formerly of Glencullare, Tarbert. She died on Wednesday 2 February and her Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Franciscan Abbey Church, Galway on Friday 4 February followed by interment in the Sisters of Mercy Convent, Galway. Aged 94, Kathleen was one of four daughters born to James and Sarah Meade of Pulleen, Tarbert.


All four daughters attended Reenturk Primary School and Kathleen and her sister Delia completed their secondary school education at the Convent of Mercy, Tuam, County Galway and both joined the Mercy Order.


Kathleen entered the Mercy Order as Sr. Sacred Heart and trained as a teacher at Carysfort Teacher Training College. All her teaching career was spent in primary teaching at An Spidéal, Connemara where she was very popular with pupils and staff. Her sister Delia joined the Order as Sr Raphael and her academic career was spent teaching at the Mercy Secondary School in Galway city.


When both sisters retired they lived out their retirement at the Convent of Mercy in Oughterard, Galway where Sr Rachael died in 2008. She was also predeceased by her elder sister Sadie O’Connor who died in Tarbert at the age of 97 on 2 November 2021 and her sister Moira Prendiville. Sympathy of the community to her nephews and nieces and the extended O’Connor and Prendiville families.




Please pray for the repose of the Soul of Sister Sacred Heart (Kathleen) Meade,


Puleen & Religious Sisters of Charity, Galway city who died recently (Ballylongford notes)






Kerry born priest search












 Irish Standard 16 Oct 1915; Rev Jeremiah Leahy Pastor of St Vincent’s Church Petaluma, Cal., died last month aged fifty two a Native of County Kerry, graduated from All Hollows Dublin. Ordained 1888 at St Ballarat, Australia for San Francisco diocese, was assistant at St Vincent’s served at Sonoma and was administrator at St Mary’s Stockton, before becoming pastor at St Vincent’s, four years ago.






A Jubilee is special at any time, but a Golden Jubilee Celebration of Missionary Religious Life is extra special!


On Sunday, 29 April past, Sister Joan O’Connor who hails from Lisselton, Co Kerry, celebrated 50 years as a Columban missionary religious. As she did 25 years ago for her Silver Jubilee, Sr Joan celebrated in Hong Kong, China. For as she said ‘I have spent 39 years of my life working in China Mainland and Hong Kong so I belong here!’




Members of both branches of the Columban family came from China Mainland joining with those in Hong Kong for a very joyful and happy evening in the Sisters’ apartment in Kowloon City. The celebrant and homilist at the Eucharist was Fr Eamon Sheridan SSC, one of the Columban Fathers General Council, Hong Kong.




Joan, being a good organizer, had everyone involved from preparation of the venue to catering, singing, photography etc. Nothing was left wanting.




But the last word was with Joan: during the Mass she expressed how full of gratitude she was for her life as a Columban Sister and for her Columban community, and for how she had experienced the Lord so powerfully throughout her life.














Was ridding Hong Kong of TB one of the greatest legacies of the Columban Sisters?


It was. We had two doctors, Sr. Mary Aquinas Monaghan andSr. Mary Gabriel O’Mahoney, who were internationally renowned for their work on TB. They were linked with Brompton Hospital and the Medical Research Council in London. They did a lot of research and wrote a lot about the treatment of TB, and we did lots of trials of TB drugs to see how effective they were.






DEATH occurred on 5 January 2022 of Brigadier General Jack (Seán) Kissane (Retired)


Salthill. Formerly of Killomeroe, Lisselton, Co. Kerry. Pre-deceased by his first wife Mary (née Hassett), brothers Fr. Michael, Edward, Richie and sisters Mary and Peggy McElligott.


Beloved husband of Maureen (née Dunleavy) and the late Mary, much loved father of Niamh Ryan (Tipperary), Katherine Stapleton (Naas), John (Wales), Lorna Mayne, (Dubai) and Keith (Galway).


Also survived by his sister Hannah May Liston, daughters-in-law Corrin and Hilary, sons-in-law Dominic, Eoin and Steve, adored grandchildren, nieces, nephews, the extended Kissane, Dunleavy and Hassett families.






DEATH of Ciarán Forbes OSB Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Limerick


Forbes OSB, Ciarán [Tadhg Eoin], (Glenstal Abbey) January 1st 2022, at Glenstal; sadly missed by his brothers, sister and family, the Abbot and community of Glenstal Abbey.






Presentation to Fr Niall








The Presbytery, Abbeydorney. (066 7135146)
First Sunday of Christmas, 26th December 2021, Feast of the Holy Family
Dear Parishioner,
When a priest dies in a parish, he is missed and mourned by
his family, his parishioners, the bishop and priests of his diocese, as well as
other friends, from his school days and from the time he spent in other par-
ishes. People in parishes, where he has not served may have heard his name
but know little or nothing about him. Fr. Kevin McNamara, who died last Tues-
day, was an exception to that general rule. What made him to be an excep-
tion? The answer to that question has been given, since his death, by different
people who knew him. What made him to be known fairly widely was linked,
to a fair extent at least, to his ability to communicate to a variety of people.
Of course, he did things differently and an example of this would be his in-
volvement in organising fund-raising events, during his time in Moyvane Parish
and during his time in Glenflesk Parish, since he moved there last July. I think
this is a case where the Irish saying ‘Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann’. May he rest
in peace.
What does one say as the end of 2021 approaches! Most of us, I think had
hoped that it would be different from this time last year. We were fairly
confident that a year later the virus, which affected the lives of millions of
people throughout the world, would no longer be with us and that we would
be living fairly normal lives but that did not turn out to be so. As we realise
how important vaccination is to diminish the effects of a virus, we can be
thankful that the majority of our citizens have been vaccinated and that the
booster campaign is going on well. There are times, when we may feel embar-
rassed when we realise how privileged we are by comparison with a huge num-
ber of people in the developing world (Third World). Their vaccination pro-
grammes are moving slowly because of the cost, underdeveloped medical sys-
tems, shortage of qualified health care workers and other factors. We can only
hope this situation will improve in 2022 and that this improvement may be
helped by the willingness of the European Union to overcome the obstacles
that, it seems, are being put in the way of making vaccines available to the
poorer countries of the world, at a reasonable and fair price.
May you look forward to 2022 as a year, when all of us do
our part to make our world better for all who live in it. (Fr. Denis O’Mahony






Putting God’s Kingdom first


This Christmas, We Recommit Ourselves To A Deep Faith In The Son Of God,


Made Man, And To The Kingdom He Came To Establish


Two thousand years ago, there was a man who was called 'The Son of God.' He


was given titles such as 'Lord,' 'Redeemer,' 'Liberator,' 'Saviour of the World,'


'Prince of Peace.' Who was that person? It was the Emperor, Caesar Augustus.


Caesar had conquered the known world. His victories over his enemies had


saved the Roman empire from the turmoil of constant war and brought it


peace. Caesar was revered throughout the empire as the one sent by God to


bring peace to the world but in a little corner of that empire, there came into


being a small group of people who gave those same titles – 'Lord,' 'Redeemer,'


'Saviour,' 'Son of God' – to a nobody, born into poverty, from nowhere, ("Did


anything good ever come out of Nazareth?" John 1.45), and who had been


crucified by Herod, Caesar's representative. Either this was a joke, intended to


make fun of Caesar, or it was high treason but Caesar was not amused.


The early Christians were persecuted, arrested, imprisoned and sometimes ex-


ecuted. Those early Christians clearly understood that their king was not


Caesar but the Risen Jesus; that the kingdom which commanded their alle-


giance was not the Roman empire but the Kingdom of God. They understood


that the Kingdom of God, which Jesus proclaimed, was not only a 'spiritual'


kingdom, to be found in heaven, but a kingdom in which they were living, here


and now, and which posed a challenge to the prevailing way of life. They lived


together in community and they shared everything they had with each other,


so there was no inequality amongst them. No one was to be made feel un-


wanted or second-class since everyone was recognised as a child of God with


the same dignity as everyone else. The leaders of the community understood


their role was to serve the community, not to lord it over them.


Today, we Christians may no longer live together in community or share


everything we have but, at this time of Christmas, we recommit ourselves to a


deep faith in the Son of God, made man, and to the kingdom which he came


to establish and in which, through baptism, we now live. Now, as then, this


kingdom is a profound challenge to the economic, social, and political values


that dominate our world.


Economic: We are called to challenge the consumerist way of life, which


continually seeks to have more, to purchase what is bigger, to consider that


what we have is ours to do with it whatever we like, to use primarily for our


own enjoyment or well-being. We are called to put others, especially the poor


and their needs, at the centre of our lives, to live simply and share generously.


The caring and sharing of the early Christians was so radical that those on the


outside said in astonishment, "See how they love one another." We, too, are


called today to be a witness to a radical love and care for others.


Social: We are called to challenge the exclusion and marginalisation of so many


in our societies and world by affirming the equal dignity of every person, re-


gardless of status, gender, disability, colour, ethnicity or sexual orientation.


Political: We are called to challenge government policies that harm the poor


or further marginalise some people and to support policies intended to elimi-


nate poverty, inequality, and marginalisation. The early Christians were pro-


foundly political – they understood that their decisions, such as refusing to


serve in the Roman army, were a direct threat to Caesar's law.


This kingdom, to which we commit ourselves, is not just a social enterprise.


It is a spiritual kingdom into which we enter through our faith in the risen


Jesus, but with profound economic, social and political consequences for the


way we live our lives. Jesus' kingdom "is not of this world," but it is very much


in this world. We are called to transform this world, with all its suffering and


exclusion, to be the world Jesus wants it to be, by following his commitment


to the poor and the outcast, and his challenge to the religious and political


authorities of his time who put their own self-interest first.


(Fr. Peter McVerry Reality December 2021)


“Love of God must be expressed not only in prayer and Sunday worship but


must permeate every aspect of our lives. The Bible has no ambiguities on one


issue: you cannot love God unless you love your neighbour. The Old


Testament prophets were scathing in their criticism of those who sought to


appease God by prayers and sacrifice, while oppressing the powerless. Jesus


told us that all the law and the prophets are summarised in the commandment


to love God and neighbour. All love invites love. God calls us to love.


The compassion of God enthralls me. There are days, when I am very far from


this, but I am always inspired by the image of Jesus in the Gospels. He brought


the compassion of God to people, he didn’t judge or condemn, and was with


people wherever they were, especially those on the margins of society. This


is why I really admire people like that great Kerry woman, Sr. Stanislaus


Kennedy, because of her work with people who cannot help themselves.”


(Brendan Kennelly (RIP) in an article by John Scally in Reality, December 2021)


Seeing your Life through the Lens of the Gospel


(Intercom December 2021)


1. Luke’s skill as a storyteller comes through in the details of the story in a way


with which many people can identify: the loss of a child, the frantic search, the


seemingly offhand speech of the teenager. Let the drama of the story speak to


you. Where do you find good news in it?


2. The distress of Mary and Joseph brings to mind the distress of many parents


separated from their children in today’s world by social unrest, forced migra-


tion and other factors. How does the plight of these families speak to you?


3. In Luke’s Gospel this story serves to give a glimpse of the future greatness


of Jesus, the teacher of his people. Sometimes we can look back over our own


life, or the lives of others, and with hindsight can see in childhood or teenage


years a glimpse of gifts and talents that were later to blossom. Where have


you seen this?


4. ‘Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?’ This seem-


ingly insensitive reply by Jesus to Mary serves to highlight that in his life the


mission given him by God would take precedence over family ties, painful


though this would be. Perhaps you have known situations in your own life


where there was pain for family members as you followed your own destiny?


Where in the midst of the pain was the good news? (John Byrne osa)


Points to Ponder (Intercom December 2021)


How important is it that every child coming into the world be welcomed by the


warmth of a family! External comforts do not matter: Jesus was born in a sta-


ble and had a manger as his first cradle, but the love of Mary and of Joseph


made him feel the tenderness and beauty of being loved. Children need this:


the love of their father and mother. It is this that gives them security and, as


they grow, enables them to discover the meaning of life.


When he was 12 years old, Jesus stayed behind in the Temple, and it took his


parents all of three days to find him. With this act he made them understand


that he ‘had to see to his Father’s affairs’, in other words, to the mission that


God had entrusted to him. This reveals the most authentic and profound vo-


cation of the family: to accompany each of its members on the path of the


discovery of God and of the plan that he has prepared for him or her.


Mary and Joseph taught Jesus primarily by their example: in his parents he


came to know the full beauty of faith, of love for God and for his Law, as well


as the demands of justice, which is totally fulfilled in love






The Presbytery, Abbeydorney (066 7135146)
Christmas 2021
Dear Parishioner/Mass Attender,
Regular readers of this newsletter will know
that I greet the reader as ‘Dear Parishioner’. My reason for enlarging that
greeting is because, the one who reads this newsletter may be living elsewhere
and in the parish for Christmas. Well, the countdown is over – whether you
calculate from 1st Sunday of Advent or 1st of December – and Christmas is
here. My hope is that it will be a happy, joyful and blessed time for you. As
you think back to this time last year, your memories of the year may be very
mixed – more hopeful in the earlier part of the year than you had been, or
worried and concerned very much about your safety and that of family and
friends because it became clear, as the year rolled on that Covid 19 was not
saying ‘Goodbye’ to us. You may have been living with great uncertainty and
feeling that others did not share your fears or did not have financial concerns
that you might have had. I hope you have been able to share your worries,
fears and hopes with trustworthy friends.
The main article in this ‘Dear Parishioner’ is taken from Africa Magazine.
Traditionally the Irish missionary magazines contained, for the greater part,
articles by missionaries about their work in a particular country. In recent
times, young men and women (especially in Africa), who have joined those
missionary orders/societies, have moved to other countries as missionaries
and some have taken up leadership positions – some based in Ireland – or have
to come to Ireland to do further studies. From what I can see, many of these
have no problem in preparing an article for their missionary magazine. The
author of the article, taken from the December issue of Africa, is Sister
Chinyaeka C. Ezeani, a native of Nigeria. (I don’t think she has any relatives in
Abbeydorney or Kilflynn!) The information given about her in the Africa is as
follows: Chinyeaka C. Ezeani, a Missionary Sister of the Holy Rosary, is Vice
Postulator for the cause of the beatification and canonisation of Bishop
Shanahan and is the author of ‘Interculturality in Religious Life – A Blessing in
Different Colours.’ You may have heard of Bishop Joseph Shanahan, a native
of Co. Tipperary, born in 1871, who became a member of the Holy Ghost
Fathers (now known as the Spiritans) and went as a missionary to Nigeria and
later became a bishop there. In 1924, he founded the order of ‘The Missionary
Sisters of the Holy Rosary.’ He died in 1943. (Fr. Denis O’Mahony)






hristmas, the Carrier of Goodies.
“Delightful! I think I was matron at the Waterside Holy Rosary Maternity Unit
at the time, so I must have assisted at your delivery,” beamed Sr. Monica
proudly. “No” argued Sr. Imelda; “that is incorrect. I think I delivered nearly
all the babies at that period of her birth.” This was a pleasant argument
between two 80-year-olds, both Holy Rosary Sisters, when they discovered
when and where I was born. Each tried to establish that she assisted at my
birth, and took pride in my having become a missionary. They told stories
about assisting Nigerian women during childbirth and how the culture
celebrates the birth of a child as an event of great joy. They compared it to
the celebration of the birth of Christ. There was also an emotional connection
for them and for me.: it was a on a Christmas Day that our founder, Bishop
Joseph Shanahan CSSp, was born into heaven. On that morning, from his
death bed in Nairobi, Kenya, he enquired what day it was. When told it was
Christmas Day, he whispered, “Ah Christmas, a wonderful day in Onitsha
(Nigeria).” His last words..............
Growing up in Nigeria, Christmas was the highlight of the year for me. A
popular easy-going song, especially among children then, was “Krismasi obu-
ngwongwo”, loosely translating as “Christmas, the carrier of goodies”. We got
new fancy clothes and shoes, lavish meals and soft drinks, visits to extended
family members etc. In Nigeria, Christmas normally ‘begins’ from as early as
November and can last till the New Year. In the markets, wares for sale are
already on display, records of Christmas carols loudly playing, thus putting
potential buyers in the mood for shopping! It is common for people to buy
and decorate their homes with plastic Christmas trees. It is a time, when
people usually come home from various parts of the country and beyond to
celebrate with family. This ‘family feast’ has a way of bringing out the best in
people. Hearts are easily moved to reach out to others and to share with
people most in need. Because of the homecomings, events like weddings,
house- warming for those who have just built a house, and other social events,
are also held at this time. Midnight Mass is a popular feature of the
celebration. The joy and pleasantries after Mass can be electrifying and add
a real touch of magic to Christmas.
The widespread practice of placing a green wreath on the front door is said to
have originated in Ireland. Nowadays, Irish people use the rich green leaves


and bright red berries of holly to add colour to their homes as well as trees,
fairy lights, trinkets etc. There is an old Irish custom of putting a lighted
candle on the window-sill of the family home, after sunset on Christmas Eve.
The Irish have continued this ancient custom, which is a symbol of welcome
light for Jesus, Mary and Joseph, unlike the innkeeper in Bethlehem, who
turned them away. It also represents welcome to strangers and remembrance
of those, who are far away from home. It is truly a season of welcome.
Elaborate and lavish family Christmas dinners are also an important feature of
the celebration.
From the time I first arrived in Ireland, some years ago, I have come to
wonder and marvel at our common humanity in the joy experienced and
celebrated at Christmas! In Ireland, Christmas can last for up to two weeks:
the country shuts down and gets into a holiday mode. Preparation begins well
before 25th December. Stores and shops display signs of offers, reminding
potential shoppers that Christmas is around the corner and streets are
adorned with beautiful neon lights. Reflecting, on the meaning and spirit of
Christmas, reminds me of the story of Bertel Thorvaldsen, the famous
nineteenth century Danish sculptor. He was working on a clay model statue
of Christ the King. He had made the statue with the arms of Christ the King
raised in triumph. The next morning, entering his studio, he discovered, to
his chagrin, that the arms of the statue had sagged! The weight of the soft
clay was too heavy for the inner structure of the sculpture. His initial
disappointment, however, gave way to satisfaction. The statue then
expressed no longer ‘triumph’, as he had intended, but receptivity, openness
and welcome. Jesus came not as a conqueror but as a fragile child in a manger.
In the fragility and vulnerability of a new-born child, we can get in touch with
the fragility of our human condition, when the hardest of hearts soften.
The world still struggles with the effects of the pandemic. Nevertheless, hope
is alive in the midst of it all! This is not mere optimism, hope is different. While
optimism tries to look at the bright side of things, hope sees in the words of
theologian, Anne Thurston, “the dark light of the cross, the shadow of death,
yet fears no ill.” Ireland has become multi-cultural. The presence, of a rich
variety of cultures and peoples, has added a new colour to Christmas. It is
great to be part of it all. Christmas of the goodies – goodness of God in
abundance for all – joy to the world! Nollaig shona dhuit! Happy Christmas!
Reeling in the Years (With apologies to RTE for stealing their title!)
4th Sunday of Advent 2012: As I look back over my years as a priest, I recall
that I spent 9 Christmases in the African country of Kenya. The most obvious
difference between celebrating Christmas in Ireland and being in Kenya is the
weather conditions. The climate in the area of Kenya, where I worked, was
generally temperate. The altitude was about 6,000 feet above sea level, where
there was good sunshine but never oppressive heat and a lot of rain, but the
month of December tended to be dry. Just like here, children loved to do
Christmas plays and they felt very important if they were allowed do their play
at the Christmas Mass.
4th Sunday of Advent 2013: This year, because of unforeseen circumstances,
where I find myself having the full use of only one hand, I am a receiver and
not a sender of cards. Finding oneself in a position, of less than total
independence, is more than frustrating but there are positive aspects to that
condition too. I appreciate the generosity of people ready to drive me
anywhere and the willingness of people to give me cooked meals and do other
little kind acts. Being in a handicapped state makes one realise what other
people have to live with, not just for a couple of weeks but day in, day out.
4th Sunday Advent 2014: ‘Do you sometimes get a Christmas card and find
yourself saying, ‘Who sent me this? I don’t know anybody of that name!’ Every
year I get a card or two that cause(s) me to be a bit puzzled and, then, I figure
the card was meant for my namesake, Canon Denis O’Mahony, retired Parish
Priest of Castleisland. You might say that any friend of his would know that he
is not in Abbeydorney! Yes, but the person who sends the card may not have
been in contact for a number of years and may have just thought of sending a
card because of a particular memory or because of hearing somebody else
mentioning that person. Isn’t that one of the nice things about Christmas –
that people, who are not in regular contact, send a greeting.
Christmas 2015 (The subversive good news of Christmas. Fr. Peter McVerry.)
To live as a Christian now, is to be a subversive, a revolutionary as it was in the
early Church, 2,000 years ago. It is to refuse to accept the values of the
society we live in. We Christians are called to reject a society, where
relationships are often corrupted by greed, possessive individualism, a quest
for having rather than being, and the construction of an unbridgeable abyss
between those who have and those who do not have






No one has ever seen God;
it is the only Son, who is nearest the Father’s heart,
who has made him known. John 1:18
Dia dhiabh. Nollaig Shona dhiabh. The Son of God, the Almighty, the All
-powerful, as helpless and dependent as a newborn baby. The pure love
of the new-born baby Jesus proclaiming God’s eternal, unconditional
love for the earth and all its peoples.
A word of thanks to all who through their work, their community and
parish involvement, or their homes have responded so well to the great,
great challenge presented by Covid. Again and again in the pandemic,
we have seen the great love and selflessness of so many people, - all
ages and all situations. You have been an inspiration to us all.
Care for all people and care for the environment:
This year of Covid and of Cop26, the infant Jesus in the crib points to
two appropriate Christmas responses: love and care for each other; love
and care for our planet.
The love Jesus had for everyone he met, the love of God for every
human being, calls out to us to love one another, to love our neighbour.
The birth of Jesus calls on us to renew our commitment to care for one
another, and to be there for each other, and to work together for the
good of all in need, locally and worldwide.
The earth is God’s gift to us, we need it for food, for water, for air, for
everything. God asks us to take good care of it. Jesus again and again
showed a wonderful awareness and appreciation of nature. So many of
his images and parables were of nature, of the sun, of crops planted, of
the birds of the air. Jesus in the crib gently calls on us adults to
appreciate and take care of the world God has given to us and to hand it
on with great care to the children of today.
This Christmas we can rise above the negative effects of the Pandemic.
Trust there will still be more than enough you can do to have a happy,
meaningful Christmas. Ensure that all children have a good Christmas. If
you can afford it give generously to St Vincent de Paul and other local
voluntary organizations.
Have a prayerful Christmas. Make time each day to turn to Jesus in
prayer, “Emmanuel, God with us”. Ponder the mystery of his love and
care for us all. Have a crib in your home. Join in worship with your parish
community, either in church or via parish radio or streaming. This
Christmas message comes to you “Le gach dea-ghuí í gcomhair na
Nollag”. Every Christmas blessing on all in our communities.
+Ray Browne.
Christmas 2021






night the places of worship are tightly packed with all the people who
then again, for a very long time, will pass by the church portals as
something far away and strange that does not concern them. But in this
night, for a moment, the Church and the World appear reconciled. In the
Child of Bethlehem, this invincible power of divine love is drawn into this
world. This Child is the only true hope of the world. But we are called to
take the risk with him; to entrust ourselves to the God who made the
small and the lowly as His sign. Our heart, however, is said to be filled
with great joy that night, for despite its appearance it remains true: Christ
the Saviour is here.”
“How to find Christmas peace in a world of unrest? You cannot find
peace on the outside but you can find peace on the inside, by letting God
do to your soul what Mary let Him do to her body, namely let Christ be
formed in you.” - Fulton J. Sheen


================================ 2021


The death has occurred of Fr. Denis Dennehy- Artigallivan, Headford, Killarney, Kerry


Dennehy, Fr. Denis, Artigallivan, Headford, Killarney and formerly of the parishes in the Ballarat Diocese, Australia and Papua New Guinea, passed away peacefully on Friday 15th October at University Hospital Kerry. Predeceased by his parents Con and Lena, brothers Neilie, Paddy, Michaél, Dermot, Seán and Ben and nephews Denis and Con. Sadly missed and mourned by his sister Noreen, brother Pete, sisters-in-law Betty, Tina and Nora, brother-in-law Diarmuid, best friend Margaret, the Corneby and Lavery families, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends, neighbours, fellow clergy and parishioners in Ireland, Australia and Papua New Guinea.


Sympathy To Betty Dennehy & family, Artigallivan on the death of her brother-in-law Fr.
Denis whose funeral took place in Barraduff last Saturday. After tremendous years of dedicated
service in Ballarat Diocese, Australia & Papua New Guinea, may his good deeds, which were many,
joyfully be a blessing to him as he begins new life in God's Kingdom. To the nephews and nieces of Sr.
Ciaran (Norah) O'Shea, FMDM, Franciscan Convent, Ballinasloe & l/o Barraduff Village whose funeral
took place on Tuesday in Ballinasloe. As Sr. Ciaran is the last of her family, may there be a great
reunion in Heaven. May Fr. Denis & Sr. Ciaran continue to enjoy new life and new beginnings in God's
Kingdom. Our prayerful gratitude to both for the manner in which they lived their vocations.


October 2021



DEATH of Father Norman Davitt SVD, who celebrated his 100th birthday on 29 March, died on Saturday 16 October 2021 in Donamon, Co Roscommon, after 80 years in religious life.




The death has occurred October 1st 2021 of Fr John E (Jack) Butler S.D.B.


Pallaskenry, Limerick / Thurles, Tipperary / Maynooth, Kildare


And formerly Croke Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Maynooth, Co. Kildare and South Africa. In his 94th year. Deeply regretted by the Provincial & Confréres of the Salesian Order, Pallaskenry and Maynooth, brother of the late Queenie, Martin T, Thomas, Joe, Patricia (Moloney), David, Gus, Jim, Frank, Maeve, Nancy and Billy. He will be greatly missed by his sister in law Noreen, his many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, extended family and friends.






Retirement of eastern Kentucky priest caps storied seven-decade ministry




    Margaret Gabriel


    Aug 4, 2021


    catholic news service




Retirement of eastern Kentucky priest caps storied seven-decade ministry




Father Terence Hoppenjans calls forth the elect of St. Michael Catholic Church in Paintsville, Ky., during the Rite of Election at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Lexington, Ky., March 5, 2017. Ordained in 1955, he retired July 1, 2021, only weeks before his 90th birthday. His retirement capped a storied seven-decade ministry in eastern Kentucky. (Credit: CNS photo/courtesy Deacon Skip Olson via Cross Roads.)




LEXINGTON, Kentucky — One uncontested fact about Father Terance Hoppenjans, according to many people from throughout the Diocese of Lexington, is that people don’t work for the priest. They work with him.




“I don’t micromanage,” Hoppenjans says. He tells folks to find what needs to be done and then do it. “That’s the philosophy I have always used and it’s worked well.”




Ordained in 1955 for the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky, Hoppenjans was assigned five years later as associate pastor in Lancaster, Kentucky, and its mission parishes in Mount Vernon, Berea and McKee, where he worked with the late Msgr. Ralph Beiting, who served the poor in central Appalachia for most of his 63 years as a priest.




“Father Beiting and I worked well together,” Father Hoppenjans told Cross Roads, Lexington’s diocesan magazine. “Two stubborn Dutchmen!”




Subsequent assignments included parishes and missions in Beattyville, Ravenna, Jackson, Pikeville, Elkhorn City and Phelps. On July 1, only weeks before his 90th birthday, Hoppenjans retired from St. Michael Church, where he began serving in 1997.




At each of these places, Hoppenjans reached out to all the people of the county, not just the Catholic people, serving their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.




When Hoppenjans was a boy, a priest asked his third-grade class: “Does anyone think he might want to be a priest?” Terry Hoppenjans raised his hand that day.




Then, as a senior in high school, he asked Bishop William T. Mulloy if he could begin to study for the priesthood. Mulloy was Covington’s sixth bishop, serving from 1945 until his death in 1959.




Hoppenjans recalled that, as he was vesting for his ordination in 1955, one of the priests who had taught him at Covington Catholic entered the room and called out, “‘How did you make it through?’ He had kicked me out of high school twice,” Hoppenjans admitted. “People say I haven’t changed.”




Although he began his ministry in northern Kentucky parishes and in classrooms, he now considers eastern Kentucky his home.




“This is as much my home as Covington ever was or Lexington will be. The people accepted me and, like a lot of people who have come to eastern Kentucky, I’ve put roots down here.”




Upon arriving in 2015, Lexington Bishop John E. Stowe received a wealth of information about his new diocese from Hoppenjans.




“Father Hop taught me plenty about the church’s mission in eastern Kentucky and the missionary spirit that was needed to get the church established there,” Stowe said.




“He provided details about the origins of several churches and which priests have served in which missions,” the bishop said. “He shared the success stories and the lessons from ideas that didn’t turn out all that well. He was able to talk about the relationship to the Covington Diocese and how the Lexington Diocese came into being.




“I have been edified by his willingness to continue to work and help people well beyond his retirement years and even after some serious health setbacks.”




Sister Nancy Edwards, a Sister of St. Joseph, has worked with Hoppenjans for 47 years, starting in Beattyville, moving with him each time he was reassigned, always finding and responding to the needs of the parish and the entire county.




“She’s kept track of parishes and parishioners better than I did!” Hoppenjans said.




In July, Edwards also retired and move to Brooklyn. She described the “triangle” the priest rode every week when they worked in Pike County — a total of about 60 miles between Pikeville, Elkhorn City and Phelps.




“His gift to us is the Mass,” Edwards said. “Anything I know about mission, I learned from him.”




Carolyn Cochran, a lifelong resident of Johnson County, entered the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process in Paintsville in 2016 at the invitation of Hoppenjans.




“I’ve never been this happy, spiritually,” Cochran said. “Father Hoppenjans is so gentle and patient. If you’re confused or need help, he has the answers. You don’t come across an individual like him very often.”




Father Marc Bentley, parochial vicar at Holy Family Parish in Ashland, worked for a year with Hoppenjans, his first assignment after ordination in 2019.




“He’s given his life to this part of the diocese, a place where some people never wanted to minister. In my year with him, he was ever-vigilant, always ready to help people — Catholic, Protestant, unbaptized,” Bentley said.




Whenever Hoppenjans moved to a new county, he saw all the people of the county as parishioners, not just the Catholics. It’s a view he shared with Father Mike Ramler, pastor of St. Jude Parish in Louisa, who recalled using this approach throughout his years of ministry.




Ramler credited Hoppenjans with helping to eliminate the prejudice against Catholics present in the region in the 1960s and beyond.




“He was the last of a breed,” Ramler said. “He experienced the war on poverty and the dynamic changes that have taken place since then. He’s a very private person, and just goes about doing his thing, to do something for the poor, as best he can. He’s truly one of the giants of our diocese.”




Gabriel writes for Cross Roads, the magazine of the Diocese of Lexington.




DEATH has taken place of Jennie Kennelly (née Fitzgerald), Moybella, Lisselton and late of Coil, Listowel, on July 10th, 2021. Predeceased by her husband Paddy, parents Mary and Chris, brothers Paddy and Billy and deceased members of the Kennelly and Fitzgerald families. Survived by her sons Tom, Chris and Fr. Padraig, daughters Maria and Eileen, sons-in-law John and Tom, daughters-in-law Anna and Debra, grandchildren Cathal, Tadhg, Eoin, Sinead and Aoife, nephews, and nieces.


Death of Gerald Fitzgerald, Coolkeragh, Listowel, on July 13th, 2021. Survived by his wife Peggy, sons John, Liam and Brendan, grandchildren Seán, Sarah, Ciarán, Ciara, Emer, Cadhla and Damhin, daughters-in-law Cora, Aine and Maeve, brother-in-law John Joe, sisters-in-law Annie, Maureen and Nodie. Gerald was first cousin to Jennie Kennelly and his mother Nora, came from Derry.


Death of Margaret Aherne nee Sheehy of Laurel Court, Oakpark, Tralee and formerly of Meen, Listowel, on 8th July 2021, wife of Dan, mother of John & Andrew and sister of Fr. Seán, Anna, Marie, Betty and the late Brendan. Also survived by granddaughter Molly, daughters-in-law Amy & Sarah, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandniece, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.


Death of Sr. Anne Daye, Presentation Convent Castleisland, and formerly of Lispole, Dingle, on July 9th 2021.


SYMPATHY to Fr. Joe Nolan and family of Lisselton on the death recently of their sister Marianne in California.








KENNY (Clonakilty, formerly Rosscarbery, Co. Cork and Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry): On March 3rd 2021 peacefully, in the excellent care of the staff of Ward 2b, CUH. Sr. REGINA. Predeceased by her parents Mary and Maurice, brother John, sisters Hannah, Margaret, Nora, Nell and Catherine. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her nephew Michael, nieces Christina, Nell, Teresa, Mary and Noreen and their extended families, the Sisters and staff in Arus Muire, the Sisters of Mercy Southern Province, her cherished past pupils and many dear friends. May her gentle soul rest in peace.






Deacon Thady






Diocesan Heritage Project- Newcastlewest Parish






Faith and Life Ep 1 - Fr. Richard Gibbons ( Rector of Knock Shrine)


Fr. Richard tells us about growing up, his faith and how he became the Rector of Knock Shrine, Co Mayo, Ireland.


Knock is Ireland's National Shrine where Our Lady, St Joseph, St John and the Lamb of God appeared to the Irish people in 1879.








Dominican Sisters Live by the Spirt -Join Sr Rose Miriam OP for a 6-week course exploring the fruits of theHoly Spirit in the saints and in us.  Every Saturday from 13th Feb to March 27th at 7.30pm. To join contact the sisters at limerick@op-tn.org






WINDSOR TERRACE — As a child in Israel during the 1960s, Margaret Karram was confused about her identity. Her home on Mount Carmel was in a Jewish neighborhood, but her parents were Arabs from Palestine, which drew teasing from local kids. And, being Catholic, she did not easily identify with Palestinian Muslims. She yearned for peace as violent conflicts plagued the Holy Land.


At age 15, she discovered “The Work of Mary,” also known as the “Focolare Movement.” This international ecumenical organization, founded during World War II by Italian Catholics, strives for unity among all people according to the will of a loving God.


The teachings of Focolare’s founder, school teacher Chiara Lubich, swapped Karram’s confusion with peace and brotherly love. She became a Focolare leader, learning and living the Gospel and sharing a lifestyle of seeing each person — no matter race or religion — as a godly creation worthy of love and kindness.




On Jan. 31, the Focolare’s general assembly elected Karram to be its next president. Besides Lubich, there had been only one other Focolare leader — Italian lawyer Maria Voca, who stepped down because of term limits.










The nine nuns who died in January were between the ages of 79 and 97.




According to Fox 2 Detroit, Prioress Siemen said a majority of the victims had underlying health problems that were made worse by the virus. She said, while the convent has strictly followed quarantine and pandemic protocol, the virus still reached the community.




"It slips in. That’s the heartache of this virus," Siemen said.




"We’ve had no guests on campus. Our sisters have not seen their family members. They haven’t even seen our other sisters who live off campus since this started in the middle of March. And yet that virus is very sneaky."




The Adrian Dominican Sisters, also known as the Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary, were founded in 1923. The order has 507 sisters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and the Philippines.










By Agnes Aineah


NAIROBI , 29 January, 2021 / 8:30 PM (ACI Africa).-


The All African Council of Churches (AACC) has joined other faith-based entities in welcoming the coming into force of the Treaty on the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) that bans nuclear weapons.


In a statement shared with ACI Africa Wednesday, January 27, AACC leadership notes that possession of nuclear weapons is “immoral” and goes ahead to rally for support in pushing the world’s nuclear powers who have distanced themselves from the treaty to support the ban of weapons.








FR TOM HICKEY. Ordained 1950. An tAthair Tomás ar 'Twitter'















By Courtney Mares




Rome Newsroom, Jan 15, 2021 / 02:00 pm MT (CNA).- In the past week, nine Catholic bishops have died worldwide after testing positive for COVID-19.




Between Jan. 8 and Jan. 15, bishops across three continents died as a result of the coronavirus. The deceased bishops ranged in age from 53 years old to 91. Five of the bishops died in Europe, where a new strain of COVID-19 has led many countries to implement further restrictions.






BALLOONAGH CONVENT HISTORY: In 1854, Ireland was still in the throes of famine, fever and poverty. The Mercy Sisters who had being doing great work in Killarney, were invited to establish a convent in Tralee. They first lived in Day Place, Tralee. As this later became very cramped, a benevolent gentleman, John Mulchinock gave £20,000 to build a convent for the sisters. His nephew William Pembroke also bequeathed his fortune towards the good work. Mrs Coppinger from Kerry, who lived in Dublin, also gave generously.


On June 24th 1858, the solemn blessing of the convent took place and it was ready for occupation.




The death  occurred on Monday 3rd August 2020 of Rev. Fr John Kennelly, Our Lady of Fatima Home, Tralee, Co Kerry and late of Ballylongford,


A native of Ballylongford, Fr Kennelly, who was 86, was predeceased by his parents, Bridie and Timmie, and his brother, Colm, who was the former Kerry County Engineer and lived in Killarney.


The long-serving priest is survived by his sisters Mary (Kenny) and Nancy (McAuliffe) and brothers Brendan, Alan, Paddy and Kevin.


He is further survived by his sisters-in-law Rena, Brenda, Kathleen and Marion, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and the Bishop and priests of the Diocese of Kerry


Fr Kennelly is an uncle of Kerry County Council Arts Officer, Kate Kennelly, and Mark Kennelly who was the special advisor to former Taoiseash Enda Kenny and is now CEO with Golf Ireland.



DEATH of Mary Leahy nee Quirke of Cloondara, Oakpark, Tralee and formerly of Lyre, Milltown, Co. Kerry, peacefully and surrounded by her cherished family on 5th December 2020, beloved wife of Donal, dearest mother of Maurice, Mary, Fiona & Julette and sister of Sr. Ailbe (Presentation Convent- Lixnaw) , Sr. Columbanus (Presentation Convent- Killarney) and the late Mossie. Sadly missed by her loving family, her thirteen grandchildren, nephews, sons-in-law John, Liam & Brian, daughters-in-law Therese & Jackie, brother-in-law Brendan, sisters-in-law Katty, Peig & Betty, relatives, neighbours and wonderful friends.


Pastoral Message to the people of the Diocese from Bishop Ray


Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. Peace I bequeath to you. John 14: In common with the whole country today we begin six weeks under Level 5 restrictions. With other leaders in the state and in civil society,  I encourage everyone to hold your heads high,  and in a spirit of unity and concern for one another give 100% cooperation regarding the requirements of Level 5 and the basic Public Health Guidelines: social distancing; face covering; washing / sanitising our hands. This is key to getting the virus under control once more. As a united, loving, caring people let us give full cooperation to NPHET and our Government. Level 5 severely restricts our movements: many of our plans are cancelled. Being asked to stay in our own homes as much as possible is very difficult for some. People have great concerns about their employment or business. Together we face these six weeks, supporting and encouraging one another. Level 5 is due to end on the 1st of December, in time to allow us all celebrate Christmas. The true meaning of Christmas is a true source of hope all year round, and especially as we face the next six weeks. Remember what the prophet foretold of the child Jesus born to Mary: He shall be called EMMANUEL a name which means ‘God is with us’.   Mt 1:23God is with us always. Encourage one another to turn to God and put your trust in him. Four points to keep in mind that will keep us strong in the weeks ahead. Put your trust in God. God our Father is at work in our lives through the Holy Spirit. Turn to him in prayer each day. Back in Springtime there were so many wonderful examples in the community of care for each other. Reach out in support to those in your community who need it. Love one another. Think of others. Think and speak of the positive more than the negative. The corona virus is forcing us to live quieter, simpler lives. United together, supporting one another, we have sufficient to live good, happy lives. Positive talk lifts our spirits. Unite with all in the diocese in prayer, -praising God and asking for all the graces we need. Thank God our churches are open for personal prayer, sanitise your hands as you enter and exit. Join in offering the Mass in whatever way you can, -via radio, television or online. Pray each day, alone and together, pray as a family. Pray with your children and talk to them of God’s love and care for us all. Hundreds of times in the Bible God’s comforting word is, ‘Be not afraid’. Our Lady health of the sick, pray for us.


 Be assured of my prayers.+ Ray Browne.






Thought for the day:


Jesus does not pluck his summary teaching from the air–he quotes from the Shema Yisrael, the great daily prayer of Judaism found in Deuteronomy 6. The second part about the love of neighbour is taken from Leviticus 18. This mission statement stands as a resounding appeal to us today. We are asked not just to believe that there is a God, but to love God. We are asked not just to respect our neighbour, but to love our neighbour. Love is not only the truth about human beings but also the truth about God, who is love itself. Prayer: Great and loving God, your love for us is beyond what we can grasp with our minds and hearts. Let such great love for all awaken in us a true love of you and lead to authentic service of our neighbour. Glory be to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.(Ephesians)







Some Kerry born served in Dublin.

Robert Walsh Moyvane ordained Maynooth 1936 worked in Dublin died Nov 1987.


John Kevin Collins born Ballylongford Ordained 1949 Clonliffe died 20 June 1979.


Cyril Kennelly born 1903 Cork, Chaplain Dublin died 5 Nov 1976


James OCarroll Abbeydorney Ordained 1949 died 1996


John Chute Tralee born 1940, ordained 1963


Vincent O’Connell Duagh ordained 1959


Florence Lynch born Killarney Ordained 1960


Ailbe o’Connor Ballyduff Ord 1951 died 1999.


John Heffernan, Ord 1952




41 priests in Dublin were Kerry born. Check Kerry (45)




Catholic schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, can reopen for the coming semester after the county rescinded a second controversial order preventing all non-public schools from welcoming students for in-person learning until at least October 1.






The death has occurred of Br. Patrick O’Connell (Christian Brothers School Nenagh & formerly of Maiden St., Newcastle West, Co. Limerick) March 29th 2020. Predeceased by his parents John & Ellen, Sisters Mary (O’Donovan) & Sr. Rosario, brothers William & James (Seamus). Deeply regretted by his loving brothers Sean & Daniel, sisters in law Chrissie & Noreen, nephews, nieces, Brothers in religion relatives & friends.




Brother O'Connell left a lasting impression on us all at Nenagh CBS and I'm honoured to have met him during my time there. Whilst the classroom environment understandably tested his patience sometimes I have a distinct memory of his kindness, gentleness and good humour. His passion for hurling was obvious on d sidelines and he cultivated the love of the game in all of us. Thanks for your time and energy Brother O Connell and we have the medals to show for it! A life well lived.


Damien O'Meara




Dear Sean Daniel and Family.Just to let you know that I share in your sadness as you remember your brother. The Brothers at the CBS college in Buenos Aires have asked me to offer 9 Masses for the happy repose of his good and kind soul. Br.Tom O Connell and Br. Stan Hayes had very kind words to say about Br Patrick. They were wondering who did he shout for the day Limerick won the last All Ireland?


They join with me in sending you their sympathy and will pray for him RIP. Fr, Johnny Sweeney will join with me at Mass to pray for Patrick. Fr. Johnny is from Doon, Co. Limerick)


Today Mass will be at 9.30 (Argentina) 13.30 Newcastle West. Facebook. parroquia san patricio, Mercedes. Argentina. My email is  tcodonnellgmail.com   Fr. Tom (Chriss) ODonnell s.c.a (Argentina &Templeglantine)




Very sad to hear that Br O’Connell has died.


He was hugely influential to me and so many others that passed through Nenagh CBS.


Remember fondly the lunch time leagues and training after school.


He was our coach for the 1988 Rice Cup victory.


My sympathies to all his family, friends and Christian community.


May he rest in peace.


Brian Flannery




Deepest sympathies to all the O'Connell family on the passing of Br. O'Connell. Every hurler that played Rice Cup (Cbs U14) since the 80's owe him a depth of gratitude for all he did to promote hurling through the Rice Cup. He first trained a Rice Cup team in Templemore CBS in 1967 before he won it with them in 1969 against Charleville Cbs. He moved to work in Nenagh CBS and trained them to their second win in the competition in 1988. Since the 80s Brother has almost singlehandedly kept the Rice Cup competition alive through his work as Secretary, Chairperson and President. For any team that won the Rice Cup or Westcourt Cup Brother O'Connell was usually the man who presented the cup to you. A kinder man you could not meet. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís.


Niall Ó Cathail


Rúnaí Coiste Corn Uí Rísigh agus múinteoir i Scoil na mBráithre i nDurlas


Niall Cahill




Paddy and I joined the Brothers in 1946.  He was always a gentle soul.  He was very proud of his Dad who produced a revolutionary sliotar.  We enjoyed swims in the Liffey at Islandbridge, walking there from Synge Street. He never lost simpliocht na tuatha and was always a welcoming host.  Ar dheis De to raibh a anam dilis.-----Brother Maurice Finn, India.


Agnes McCauley 1888-1925Born in Enniskillen on 9 November 1888, Agnes McCauley moved to Belfast in 1903 to work as a pupil teacher at the city orphanage, later as a manageress at the Belfast Shipyard and, after a period caring for her invalid mother, finally at the office of the Franklin Laundry. In her private life, Agnes McCauley foreshadowed the two-pronged objectives of Apostolic Work, in offering both spiritual and material assistance to others, especially those on the Missions. Her devotion to the Mass was extraordinary, as evidenced by the fact that she attended three Masses at the Redemptorist Monastery in Clonard before going to work every morning, and all Masses celebrated there on Sundays. She observed a strict fast on Wednesdays and Saturdays and bought flowers every week for the Marian altar. With the encouragement of Father Toal, her confessor, Agnes undertook the promotion of the sale of the magazines The Far East and African Missions, as well as other forms of fund-raising for the Missions.










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