A death in the  family

Fr Joseph O'Connor, 1932 -2019

November 1st, 2019

We announce with sadness the death of Fr Joseph O'Conor, this morning in the Care Unit in St. Patrick's, Kiltegan. 

 

Fr Joe was born in Wexford and when he was four years old the family moved to Cork. Joe came to Kiltegan in September 1952. He was ordained with 23 classmates on the 23rd of May, 1959. He was part of the biggest class ever ordained for the Society. After ordination Joe was appointed to Kenya where he ministered in the then Prefecture of Eldoret. After his first tour he was asked to go to Scotland to look for a suitable property which would serve as a school for young men who wanted to become priests but who did not have the necessary academic qualifications. The school he founded was St Patrick’s, Buchlyvie. From 1965 to 2003 it helped educate 77 men who went on to be ordained priests for the Society and for many Dioceses in Scotland and in Ireland. Joe returned to Eldoret in 1969 and continued his work there until 1989 when he was asked to lead a team of Society priests to Zimbabwe. He worked in the Diocese of Mutare until 2004. In recent years Joe came to retire in Kiltegan. He died peacefully in the Care Unit on the 1st of November 2019. May he rest in peace.

The funeral arrangements are as follows:

Reposing in the Care Unit, St Patrick's, Kiltegan, on Sunday, November 3rd from 3pm to 5pm. Removal to St Patrick's Chapel at 5.30pm.  Funeral Mass on Monday at 12 noon followed by burial in the Society Cemetery.

 

Our sincere sympathy to Joe's family and friends.

May Joe rest in peace.

Fr Conor Molony, 1936-2019

September 5th, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Fr Conor Molony in Naas Hospital, yesterday evening, September 5th, 2019. May he rest in peace.

 

Fr Conor was born in Holycross, Co Tipperary. He entered St Patrick’s Missionary Society in 1955 and was ordained in April 1962. He was appointed to the Diocese of Eldoret, Kenya, where he would spend most of his priestly life. His first mission was in Lodwar. He then worked in Holy Rosary Parish, Nakuru, before being transferred to Matunda Parish outside Eldoret. In the mid 1970s he was appointed to Longonot and later he worked in Holy Cross Parish in Nakuru West. From 1988 to 1993 Conor was part of the Society’s promotion team in the United States. He returned to Kenya in 1993 and spent the remainder of his life around St Michael’s Parish, Kiamaina, in the Diocese of Nakuru. While on home leave in late August, Conor was taken ill and admitted to Naas General Hospital where he died on the 5th of September.

Conor was a great pastoral man and a gatherer of people. He developed warm and lasting friendships with many people throughout his life. He was noted for his hospitality, his kindness, his generosity and his warmth. Our sincere sympathy to Conor’s family, to his many friends in Ireland and Kenya and to his parishioners in Kiamaina.

 

The funeral arrangements for Fr Conor Molony are as follows: 

Reposing in the St. Patrick's, Care Unit, Kiltegan on Saturday, September 7th from 3pm to 5. Removal to St Patrick's Chapel at 5.30pm. Funeral Mass on Sunday at 12 noon followed by burial in the Society Cemetery. 

 

May Conor rest in peace.

Fr Jim Sharkey, 1934-2019

June 24th, 2019

With sadness we announce the death of Fr Jim Sharkey (1959 Class). Jim passed away this morning, Monday June 24th in the Care Unit at Kiltegan. May he rest in peace.

 

Fr Jim Sharkey was born in Monasteraden, Co Sligo, in 1934. He joined St Patrick’s Missionary Society in September 1952 and was ordained on the 23rd of May 1959. After ordination Jim was appointed to the then Diocese of Calabar. That area of Nigeria would be his home for the next fifty-four years. He ministered in many parishes around Uyo. Jim was very close to the people. He lived a very simple life. He believed in a very integrated approach to evangelization. He had a keen interest in leadership training and invested a lot of his time and energy in that ministry. He also encouraged the people to become self-sufficient and helped them to start income generating projects. Jim left Nigeria in June 2013 and retired to Kiltegan. His health deteriorated over the last couple of years. He died peacefully in the early hours of Monday, the 24th of June, in the presence of members of his family and of the staff of the Care Unit in Kiltegan.

 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

 

The funeral arrangements are as follows:

Reposing in the Care Unit at St Patrick's, Kiltegan on Tuesday June 25th from 3 to 5pm. Removal to St Patrick's Chapel at 5.30pm.

 

Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 12 noon followed by burial in the Society Cemetery.

 

May Jim rest in peace.

Fr Willie Stack, 1944-2019

June 20th, 2019

With sadness we announce the death of Fr Willie Stack this morning, Thursday, June 20th, in the Care Unit in St Patrick’s, Kiltegan. Fr Willie was from Doon, Tralee, Co Kerry. He joined St Patrick’s in 1968 and was ordained in 1975. After ordination Willie was appointed to the Diocese of Calabar, Nigeria, where he ministered until 1983. He then served as a curate in Galway Diocese before being appointed local bursar at St Patrick’s, Kiltegan, in 1985. He went to work in Castleisland, Co Kerry, in 1995 and ministered there until 2000 when he was appointed to Grenada in the West Indies. From 2014 onwards Willie was on the Mission promotion team in Ireland. He visited many parishes seeking support for the Society. He became ill in March 2018. He died peacefully this morning. May he rest in peace.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

 

Reposing in Our Lady and St Brendan’s Church, Tralee, on this Friday afternoon from 4pm to 7pm with Mass at 4pm. Reposing at St Patrick’s, Kiltegan, on Saturday (June 22nd) from 3pm to 5pm, with removal to St Patrick’s Chapel at 5.30 pm. Funeral Mass on Sunday (June 23rd) at 12 noon followed by burial in the Society Cemetery.

 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Fr Frank McNabb, 1933-2019

May 10th, 2019

With sadness we announce the death today of Fr Frank McNabb in St Patrick’s, Kiltegan. Fr Frank was ordained on May 23rd, 1959. He was appointed to the Prefecture of Eldoret (Kenya) where he would remain until February 2019. He spent almost 60 years on the missions in Kenya. He helped to develop many parishes, schools and clinics. He was a very gifted builder and left behind many fine churches, parish houses and community halls. His health deteriorated in June 2018 while on holiday in Ireland. He was able to return to his beloved Kitale (Kenya) in September 2018. However, his condition worsened after Christmas and he returned to Kiltegan in early February 2019. He took part in community life, attending daily Mass, until ten days before his death. He celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of his priestly ordination on Easter Sunday, almost three weeks ago. He died peacefully in the early hours of this morning, Friday, the 10th of May.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Reposing in the chapel of the Care Unit, St Patrick’s, Kiltegan, on Sunday May 12th from 3pm to 5pm with removal to St Patrick’s Chapel at 5.30pm. Requiem Mass on Monday May 13th at 12 noon followed by burial in the Society cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Fr Jack Rodgers, 1940-2019

February 24th, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Fr Jack Rodgers at his home near Emo, Co Laois. Jack was ordained on Easter Sunday (10th of April) 1966. After ordination Jack was appointed to Kitui Diocese (Kenya) where he taught at St Joseph’s Minor Seminary, Mwingi. In 1988 he was appointed to Brazil where he remained for the next 23 years. He worked firstly in a parish in the eastern part of São Paulo and then in a parish in the northern part of São Paulo. He served as Regional Superior for South America and the Caribbean between 1996 and 2002. His last appointment was to the community of Nossa Senhora de Fatima in the northern part of São Paulo where he served for seven years. He returned to Ireland in 2011 and decided to live near his maternal home near Emo in Co Laois. He died suddenly at his home in Ballymorris on the 24th of February.

Jack was a very artistic and poetic person. He was a frequent contributor to Africa magazine. Mission was part of the life-blood that coursed through his veins. He loved conversation and social interaction. He was very close to his family and had a wide circle of friends who were very loyal to him. He lived life to the full right up to the end. He was still full of plans when the Lord called him home.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Reposing at Mahar's Chapel of Rest, Portarlington, on Wednesday 27 from 4pm. Removal at 6.30pm arriving at St Paul's Church, Emo, Co Laois for 7.30pm Mass. Removal on Thursday morning at 9.30am from St Paul's Church, Emo, arriving St Patrick's, Kiltegan, for Funeral Mass at 12 noon followed by burial in the Society Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Fr Fintan Byrne, 1936-2019

January 4th, 2019

With sadness we announce the death today of Fr Fintan Byrne, in Kiltegan. Fr Fintan, from Athlone, was ordained in 1962. After his ordination he worked in Kenya and Ireland. In 1989 Fintan was one of the first group of St Patrick’s missionaries to go to Zimbabwe. He was based in the diocese of Mutare and then the archdiocese of Harare. His final parish was in Dombotombo, the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, Marondera. He retired from Zimbabwe in 2015 and had been living quietly in St Patrick’s Kiltegan, until his sudden death on 4th January, 2019. We extend our sincere sympathy to Fr Fintan’s sisters, his nieces and nephews and their families and his many friends. May he rest in peace.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

Removal to St Patrick’s Chapel, Kiltegan, on Sunday January 6th, 2019 at 5.30pm. Funeral Mass on Monday, January 7th, at 12 noon followed by burial in the Society Cemetery.

 

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam uasal.

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