A death in the  family - Announcements and Funeral Arrangements

Fr Patrick (Pat) Connolly, 1947-2020

Monday, June 22nd

With great sadness we announce the sudden death of Fr Patrick (Pat) Connolly (1971 class) in St Patrick’s, Kiltegan, on Monday morning, June 22nd. May Pat rest in peace.

Predeceased by his sister Teresa (O’Hare, Cullyhanna) and by his brother Felix (Athlone). Sadly missed by his sister Mary (Portstewart), by his brothers Peter (Roslea), Joe (Portstewart) and Eugene (Omagh), by his sisters-in-law Annie, Mary, Eileen and Mairead, by his brother-in-law Jimmy O’Hare, by his nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, his relatives and friends and by his Society family.

Due to Government restrictions the Funeral Mass and Burial will be private. Funeral Mass on Friday, the 26th of June at 12 noon followed by burial in the Society Cemetery. The Mass will be live-streamed at the following link: https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-patricks-missionary-society. 

Our sincere sympathy to Pat's family and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal. 

Fr Patrick Connolly (1947-2020)

Fr Patrick (Pat) Connolly was born on the 18th of April 1947 to Patrick Connolly and his wife Mary Ellen(née Tierney) of Cordoola, Roslea, Co Fermanagh. He received his primary education at St Tierney’s Primary School, Roslea (1951-1958). For his secondary education he boarded at St Michael’s College, Enniskillen (1958-1964). He came to Kiltegan in September 1964 for the Spiritual Year. He then studied philosophy in St Patrick’s College, Douglas, Cork from 1965 to 1967. Pat returned to Kiltegan in September 1967 for a four year course in theology and was ordained priest at St Mary’s Church, Killamoat, on the 11th of April 1971 (Easter Sunday). The ordaining prelate was Most Rev Patrick Lennon DD, the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.

Pat was appointed to Brazil in July 1971. After language studies in Anápolis (State of Goiás) he went to work in the parish of Cotia on the western side of São Paulo, where he had responsibility for the Vargem Grande section of the parish. He remained in that area until 1979 when he was appointed to the Archdiocese of Olinda and Recife (State of Pernambuco) in the North East of Brazil. He worked in the parish of São Lucas in Ouro Preto. He then transferred to the Diocese of Campina Grande in the State of Paraiba where he worked in the parish of Nossa Senhora do Bom Conselho (Esperança) from 1988 to 1993, and in the parish of Nossa Senhora das Graças (Campina Grande)  from 1993 to 1999. The Society opened a new mission in the Diocese of Juina  (State of Mato Grosso) in 1999 and Pat served in the Cathedral Parish there for almost three years.

In 2002 Pat was appointed Director of Retirement at Kiltegan, a post he held until September 2005. He returned to Brazil in January 2006 and was based at the Central House in São Paulo. He served as Bursar for the Region, was Vocations Director and helped out in local parishes.  He was called home again in February 2009 and returned to the post he had previously held, the Director of Retirement. In 2012 Pat went to work in the Diocese of Clogher and served in his home parish of Roslea. In June 2015 he was appointed Assistant House Leader at St Patrick’s, Kiltegan, and also Irish District Bursar. He finished his term as Assistant House Leader in 2018 but continued as Irish District Bursar until his death.

Pat was a big man with a big heart. He was affectionately known by all as Big Pat or Patricião (in Portuguese).He was very kind, helpful and obliging. He made himself available to serve the Society in whatever capacity he could. He had a great command of the Portuguese language and was very much at home with the people whom he served. He enjoyed the interaction with the people in the parishes where he worked and was noted for his sense of humour and for his efficiency. Wherever he worked he encouraged the people to become self-reliant. He put great emphasis on catechetics and produced a very practical manual which was the basis of a formation course for catechists. He was a very neat worker and paid great attention to detail; meticulous in everything he did. One of his favourite Portuguese words was “caprichar”: to do things with taste and style.

As Director of Retirement in Kiltegan Pat made a great contribution to the quality of life of those who were sick and of those who were near the end of life. His kindly and gentle presence was very much appreciated by all. He often filled in as a carer in the days before the establishment of the Care Unit. Pat went to great lengths to make sure the sick members of the community received the care and attention they needed. He was also a very dedicated and efficient District Bursar and helped many members to manage their financial affairs. He derived a lot of personal satisfaction from this work as District Bursar; he enjoyed getting the books to balance! The role gave him an opportunity to give expression to his innate desire for tidiness and order.

Pat died suddenly on the morning of June the 22nd.  Shortly after breakfast he went to visit his classmate and great friend, Fr Tom McDonnell, who was in quarantine in Slí an Chroí on the Kiltegan Compound and near his office. Pat was checking out if Tom needed anything. He was obliging and thoughtful to the very end. Words from George Herbert’s poem, Love,  come to mind:

“But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack

                        From my first entrance in,

Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,

                        If I lacked anything.”

 

Pat was predeceased by his sister Teresa (O’Hare) and by his brother Felix. He is survived by his sister Mary, by his brothers Peter, Joe and Eugene, by his sisters-in-law Annie, Mary, Eileen and Mairead, by his brother-in-law Jimmy O’Hare, by his nieces and nephews and their families.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Fr Billy O'Carroll, 1932-2020

Wednesday, May 20th 2020

We are sad to announce that St Patrick’s Father William (Billy) O’Carroll died peacefully in St Patrick’s, Kiltegan, on Wednesday, May 20th.

The funeral Mass for Fr Billy O'Carroll will take place in St Patrick's Chapel, Kiltegan, on Saturday, 23rd of May at 11am (local time). It will be followed by burial in the Society Cemetery. Following Government Guidelines only 10 people will be allowed to attend Billy's Funeral Mass.

 

The Mass will be live-streamed and will be available on the Society's website until the 1st of June. Use the following link: https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-patricks-missionary-society No password will be needed on Saturday morning from 10.45am.

Recorded video messages of condolences on the death of Fr Billy O'Carroll RIP from Grenada.

To view the message from Bishop Clyde Harvey, Diocese of St George's, Grenada, please click on the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHGzTtHKaeU

To view a message from the Catholic community in Grenada, please click on the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFcWyrPIjXo

 

Fr Billy O’Carroll (1932-2020)

William Arthur (Billy) O’Carroll was born on the 22nd of June 1932 to John O’Carroll and his wife Nora (née O’Leary) of 68 Strand Street, Tralee, Co Kerry. He was the youngest of the family. He had five older sisters. All of them predeceased him. He received the first two years of his primary education at the local Presentation Convent. Billy then went to Tralee CBS for the rest of his primary education and continued there for his secondary education. He came to Kiltegan in September 1952 and after the usual courses in philosophy and theology he was ordained on the 23rd of May 1959. The ordaining prelate was Most Rev Thomas McGettrick SPS, Bishop of Ogoja.

After ordination Billy was appointed to Ogoja Diocese (Nigeria) where he worked until 1979. His first pastoral placement was at Ishigu with fellow Kerryman, Donal O’Sullivan. This was followed by a short period as Father in Charge at Ikwo. Billy then moved to St Patrick’s Parish, Kakwagom. During his time at Kakwagom he went on the famous Boki Trek. On one of those treks from Boje to Bauncher he got lost for two days in the forest and was a very relieved man when local people eventually found him exhausted and badly dehydrated. He also worked in Ugep/Obubra, Wanakom, Maryknoll, Ogoja and Obudu. Billy was very involved in community development as well as pastoral work. He was displaced during the Biafran War and made good use of that time. He did a course on Community Development at The Coady International Institute which was part of St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Canada. When he returned to Ogoja he became the Diocesan Development Coordinator, a post he held for many years. Through his ability to write up projects and access funding many communities in the Diocese were helped. He acquired garri machines and rice machines for a number of rural communities. He set up a bakery in Ogoja Town. He was also involved in setting up St Isidore’s Agricultural Training Centre in Ogoja. These projects helped to improve the quality of life of many people.

The difficult climate in Nigeria took its toll on Billy’s health and he left Ogoja in 1979. He was appointed to Promotion Work in Scotland and England and was based at St Patrick’s, Buchlyvie, Scotland. During the following years he visited many parishes in England and Scotland preaching about the missions and inviting people to become partners in the Society’s work. In 1989 he was appointed to Grenada, West Indies. It would be his home for the next twenty six years. He worked in St David’s, Sauteurs, Grenville, Carriacou, Crochu, True Blue and at the Cathedral. One of his finest achievements during those years was the establishment of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine at Battle Hill. The shrine became a place of pilgrimage for the people of Grenada and it helped to foster Marian devotion among the people.

Billy had a special talent for promotion work. He learned his trade during the ten years on the road in Scotland and England. While in Grenada he went to the US every year to raise funds for the Diocese. He was very successful. He had great personal charm and was a gifted story-teller. His sincerity and human warmth shone through and touched the hearts of his listeners. Billy’s talent was really put to good use after Hurricane Ivan hit the Island in September 2004. The Cathedral lay in ruins. Bishop Vincent Darius gave Billy the special task of raising funds to restore the Cathedral. This was a mission that Billy undertook with great joy and pride. Billy was also a very keen walker. He started a tradition in Grenada of leading the people on pilgrimage through the towns of the Island. The pilgrimage ended with a big rally at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine at Battle Hill. Even while at home on holidays he liked to walk. In 2000 he walked the Ring of Kerry to raise funds for his projects. Much to Billy’s delight this feat made its way into the pages of The Kerryman.

Billy retired to Kiltegan in the summer of 2015. He settled into life there very well. He used this time of quiet and reflection to write his memoir which he called The Walk of Life. It was full of interesting stories about the places where he had been and the projects he had been involved in. Billy was a very undemanding person. He lived a very simple life. He enjoyed the company of others and loved to tell a good story. He was unfailingly joyful, courteous and kind. He was always ready with a witty retort. His health deteriorated in early February of 2020 and he moved to the Care Unit at Kiltegan. He died peacefully there on the 20th of May 2020.

Billy was predeceased by his sisters Margaret (Pearl), Maureen, Brigid (Tott) (O’Grady), Kitty (O’Connor) and Esther (Fernane). He is survived by his nieces and nephews and their families.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Fr Joseph Millar, 1945-2020

Tuesday, March 31st 2020

With great sadness we announce the death of Fr Joseph (Joe) Millar (1974 Class). Joe died peacefully yesterday, Tuesday, March 31st, in Strathcarron Hospice, Stirlingshire, Scotland. May he rest in peace. Our sincere sympathy to Joe's family, friends and parishioners.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

The Rite of Christian Burial for Fr Joseph Millar will take place on Tuesday 7th April. Fr Kyran Murphy will officiate. The service is strictly private due to Coronovirus regulations. There will be a Memorial Mass in Scotland for Fr Joseph at a later date. May Joe rest in peace and rise in glory.

Many of his Kiltegan brother priests throughout the world will also offer Mass for Fr Joe on Tuesday, April 7th, as will many of his brother priests in Scotland. Fr Andrew Kingham will offer Mass at 12 noon for Fr Joe Millar - live streamed from St Mary's, Stirling, Scotland. To view go to: https://www.facebook.com/StirlingStMarys/


A Mass of Thanksgiving for Fr Joe's life and ministry, to which all will be invited, will be held at a later date.

Obituary, Fr Joe Millar (1945 – 2020)

Fr Joseph (Joe) Millar was born on the 13th of March 1945 to Joseph Millar and his wife Annie (née Shields) of 31 Strathie Terrace, Stoneyburn, West Lothian, Scotland. He was one of a family of three boys and two girls. After leaving school Joe trained as a baker and worked for five years in the profession. He was very involved in his local parish and was a leading member of the youth group. At that time St Patrick’s Missionary Society was about to open a secondary school for young men who would like to become missionary priests but who had not completed their secondary education. St Patrick’s, Buchlyvie, opened its doors in September 1965 and among its first students was Joe. He was ordained in Our Lady’s Church, Stoneyburn, on the 12th of June 1974.

 

After ordination Joe was appointed to Malawi where he ministered in the Diocese of Chikwawa. He worked in Molere and in Ngabu. He was also appointed Vocations Director for the Diocese. He returned to Scotland in 1978 to become Vocations Director for the Society in Scotland. Joe returned to Chikwawa in 1982. He worked as Bishop’s Secretary and also taught Bible Knowledge in the Junior Seminary (Mzimu Woyera). In 1988 he left Malawi because of ill-health and returned to Scotland and spent three years in the Archdiocese of St Andrew’s and Edinburgh. He served in St Mary’s Church, Bathgate and in St Francis Xavier Church, Falkirk. In 1991 he was appointed Superior of St Patrick’s, Buchlyvie. In 1998 he was appointed to the Diocese of Witbank in South Africa. Ill-health forced him to return home after a short while. In 1999 he was appointed to the Society’s Promotion House at East Molesey where he served on the promotion team until 2004. For some of that period in East Molesey he was Assistant Superior for England and Wales and later Superior for England and Wales.

 

In 2004 Joe returned to the Archdiocese of St Andrew’s and Edinburgh and was appointed Parish Priest of St Margaret of Scotland Parish in Stirling. This was to be his home until 2016 when he retired to Dunblane. They were very happy and fulfilled years and his kind and compassionate ministry to the people was very much appreciated. He was in his element in the midst of the people of God.

 

Joe served in many Society jobs during his nearly forty six years of priesthood. While his own personal preference would have been to serve in a parish he spent over eighteen years in Society posts like Vocations Director, Promotion Work and Leadership. He was a very dedicated and committed missionary priest who found deep personal fulfilment in his ministry to others. Joe had a rock solid faith in the love and compassion of God and he shared it graciously with all those he encountered in his ministry. He had a wonderful sense of humour and his hearty laughter would fill the room as he enjoyed the company of his many friends.

 

Joe became ill in August 2019. He bore his illness with great courage and steadfast faith, keeping his characteristic good spirits up to the very end. In early March 2020 his condition deteriorated. He died peacefully in Strathcarron Hospice on the 31st of March.

May he rest in peace.

Fr Thomas Barrett, 1938-2020

Friday, March 6th 2020

With sadness we announce the death of Fr Thomas Barrett, this morning, March 6th, peacefully in the Care Unit at St Patrick’s, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow. Our sincere sympathy to Tommy’s family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh anam uasal. 

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Reposing in St Patrick’s Chapel, Kiltegan, on Sunday, March 8th, from 3pm to 5pm, with prayers at 5.30pm. Funeral Mass on Monday at 12 noon followed by burial in the Society Cemetery.

Fr Tommy was born on the 9th of June 1938 in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare. He came to Kiltegan in September 1956 and was ordained on Easter Sunday (29th of March) 1964. After ordination he was appointed to the Diocese of Ogoja in Nigeria where he taught in a number of secondary schools. He was displaced by the Biafran War in 1967 and spent a year in Ireland during which he took a correspondence course in electrical engineering.


Tommy was appointed to the Diocese of Kitui, Kenya, in 1968. He was Manager of Kitui Polytechnic from 1973 to 1988 and was Manager of the Diocesan Workshop from 1988 to 1999. He was then appointed to the Diocese of St George’s in Grenada, West Indies, where he served on the Island of Carriacou for many years. During his time in Grenada he set up an income generating project where people made small souvenirs from stained glass and sold the items to the thousands of tourists who visited Grenada every year. Ill-health forced him to return to Kiltegan in December 2018. He settled into life around Kiltegan very well even though his mobility was limited.


Tommy was a great hurler and footballer in his youth. He had the distinction of playing hurling and football at minor grade for his native County Clare. He was gifted with his hands and was a wonderful mechanic. He spent many years helping to train young mechanics in Kitui. He also serviced every car and pick-up on the Kitui Diocesan Fleet. He was a very jolly, hospitable and obliging man who enjoyed other people’s company.

May Tommy rest in peace.

Fr Patrick Joseph (PJ) Melican, 1949-2020

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Fr PJ (Patrick Joseph) Melican, peacefully this morning, February 15th, in Naas General Hospital. Our sincere sympathy to Fr PJ's family, relatives and friends. May PJ rest in peace.

The funeral arrangements are as follows:

Reposing in the Care Unit, St Patrick's, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow (Eircode W91 Y022) on Monday, February 17th, from 3pm to 5pm with removal to St Patrick’s Chapel at 5.30. Funeral Mass on Tuesday at 12 noon followed by burial in the Society Cemetery.

Fr PJ, from Co Clare, joined St Patrick’s Missionary Society in September 1967 and was ordained on the 7th of June 1975 by Bishop James Moynagh SPS, retired Bishop of Calabar, Nigeria. After ordination PJ was appointed to the Diocese of Abakaliki, Nigeria, where he ministered until 1993. He taught for many years in St Augustine’s Junior Seminary, Ezzamgbo, and also served in the local parish. Ill-health forced him to leave Nigeria in 1993. He was appointed to the Archdiocese of Harare. It was hoped that the milder climate of Zimbabwe would bring about an improvement in his health. Sadly this was not to be. He had to return home after less than a year. He went to work as a chaplain at Knock Shrine for a short period and also spent a year in the De La Salle Retreat Centre, Castletown, Co Laois. By the end of the 1990s he had no option but to retire fully from ministry. He spent some time with his family in Co Clare and later at Carrigoran House Nursing Home before coming to the Care Unit in Kiltegan in 2001. It was there he would spend the rest of his life.

PJ was a very strong man in his youth. He was a very keen Gaelic footballer and soccer player and was noted for his great commitment. He settled into life in Abakaliki with ease and enjoyed his time teaching at St Augustine’s Junior Seminary. By the early 1990s he began to lose power in his arms. He was soon diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease which would gradually curtail his movement. For a man who had been so active and so strong in his youth this was a very hard cross to bear. Yet he bore his infirmity with amazing courage. He continued to be interested in sport and was very proud of his nephew, Damien Hayes, who played for many years on the Galway Senior Hurling team. PJ was taken to Naas General Hospital on Thursday, the 13th of February. He died peacefully in the early hours of Saturday, the 15th of February. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Rest in Peace

Obituaries of deceased members of St Patrick’s Missionary Society, 1942 to 2019.

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