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A death in the  family - Announcements and Funeral Arrangements

Fr William P. Mauric, 1957-2021

Tuesday, April 6th 2021

With great sadness we announce the death of Fr William (Bill) Mauric, 1992 class, in Rondonopolis Brazil from Corona virus complications. 

Our sincere sympathy to Bill’s family in Michigan, USA, and to his many friends in Brazil. 

The funeral Mass for Fr Bill Mauric SPS took place on Wednesday morning, April 7th, in his parish of Paróquia São José, Alto Taquari. To view the Mass please click on the following link to the parish's Facebook page. May Bill rest in peace.

https://www.facebook.com/Par%C3%B3quia-S%C3%A3o-Jos%C3%A9-e-Nossa-Senhora-Aparecida-1908617822796421

Fr William P. Mauric, 1957-2021

William Patrick (Bill) Mauric was born on the 25th of November 1957 to George Mauric and his wife Mary (née Monaghan) of Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He was the fourth child in a family of ten. In his youth his family moved to Parnell in Michigan where Bill received his education. Bill joined St Patrick’s Missionary Society in September 1985. After the Spiritual Year he went to St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, for a two year course in Philosophy, graduating in June 1988. He returned to Kiltegan in September 1988 for a three year course in theology. The third year of his theology course was taken at the Kimmage Mission Institute in Dublin. After his deaconate ordination in 1991 he was appointed to pastoral work in Our Lady of the Angels Church, Bayswater, London, under the supervision of Fr Michael Hollings. From January to April 1992 he did a course in Clinical Pastoral Education at Cork University Hospital. Bill was ordained priest in St Patrick’s Chapel, Kiltegan, on the 6th of June 1992. The ordaining prelate was Most Rev Francis McKiernan DD, Bishop of Kilmore. He said his First Mass in the Parish Church in Wicklow town on the 7th of June.

Following ordination Bill was appointed to Brazil. After a three month course in the Portuguese language in Brasilia he went to work in São Sebastião Parish, Mitsutani  in the Diocese of Campo Limpo where he ministered until 1998. In early 1999 Bill was chosen to be part of a group of Society priests to open a new mission in the Diocese of Juina in the State of Mato Grosso. He worked in Santo Antônio Parish, Castanheira, in the Sagrado Coração Cathedral, Juina and in São José Parish, Juruena. He was then transferred back home to the USA where he served on the Society’s promotion team first in Chicago and later in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. The call to the missions remained always with Bill and when his six year term finished in the USA he returned to his beloved Brazil in 2011. This time he went to work in São José Parish, Alto Taquari, Mato Grosso, which was then in the Diocese of Guiratinga and in 2014 became part of the Diocese of Rondonópolis- Guiratinga. He remained there for the rest of his life.

Bill became seriously ill with COVID-19 towards the end of February 2021. After a short time in a clinic in Alto Taquari he was transferred to the Santa Casa Hospital in Rondonópolis on the 27th of February. During his long time in ICU there were occasions when it looked like Bill had won the battle and would soon be home. However he disimproved quickly over the last few days and was anointed on Monday morning by the vicar general of the Diocese of Rondonópolis, Padre José Éder. He died on the morning of the 6th of April 2021.

Bill was the first American (and so far the only American) to be ordained for St Patrick’s Missionary Society. While it cannot have been easy for him to leave the comfort of his home in Parnell, Michigan, and cross the Atlantic to Ireland, he adapted very quickly to the culture within the Society and to life in Ireland. He was very popular with his fellow students. He was blessed in having an aunt and her family living in Wicklow town where he was able to spend some of his holiday time. Bill was a very committed and zealous missionary priest. He was always willing to go wherever the Society’s needs were greatest. He was very undemanding and got on with life. He was a straight talker and he believed firmly that actions speak louder than words. Those who were at the 2014 Chapter will remember his inspiring words at one of the last Masses during the Chapter. He held up the document the delegates had produced. He said: “See this document! It is a good document but it can be a great document! We have talked the talk! Now we must walk the walk!” Bill certainly walked the walk.

May his kind and generous soul rest in peace.

Descanse em paz Bill.

Fr Patrick O'Reilly, 1934-2021

Sunday, April 4th 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Fr Patrick O'Reilly (Ordained 1958). Fr Patrick died early this morning, Sunday April 4th, in the Care Unit at St Patrick’s, Kiltegan. May he rest in peace. Our sincere sympathy to Fr Patrick's family in their grief at this time.

 

Funeral arrangements are as follows: Due to Government restrictions the funeral will be private. Funeral Mass in St Patrick’s Chapel, Kiltegan, on Wednesday, April 7, at 12 noon followed by burial in the Society Cemetery. The Mass will be live-streamed on https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-patricks-missionary-society A password will not be needed to view the Funeral, it will be removed approximately 10 minutes before it begins. 

To view a recording of the funeral Mass, please click on the following link. 

April 7th, Funeral Mass Fr Patrick M O'Reilly SPS.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Fr Patrick M O’Reilly (1934-2021)

Patrick Mary (Paddy) O’Reilly was born on the 16th of February 1934 to Patrick F O’Reilly and his wife Dora (née Browne) of Villiers Road, Dublin 6. He was the youngest of a family of two boys and one girl. Paddy received his primary education at Loreto Primary School, Beaufort, Rathfarnham, and at St Mary’s, Rathmines. He continued at St Mary’s, Rathmines, for the early years of his secondary education before going to Glenstal Abbey, Co Limerick, in 1947. He sat the Leaving Certificate in June 1951. In September 1951 Paddy entered Clonliffe College to study for the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Dublin. He graduated from UCD with a BA degree in 1954 and then proceeded to St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, for his theological studies. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin in Clonliffe College on the 31st of May, 1958. The ordaining prelate was Most Rev John Charles McQuaid, the Archbishop of Dublin.

After ordination Paddy was appointed Chaplain to the Mercy Convent, Arklow, and he also helped in Arklow Parish. He was transferred to Ballygall Parish in 1962 before moving to Glasnevin Parish in 1964. While in Arklow he helped to found a Youth Club which continued for decades after he had left the parish. In late 1965 Paddy made the big decision to offer his services as a Volunteer Priest with St Patrick’s Missionary Society and he was sent to the Diocese of Kitui in Kenya. It would be his home for the next 30 years. In January 1972 he became a permanent member of St Patrick’s Missionary Society. Paddy had the following appointments: Teacher at St Joseph’s Secondary School, Mwingi (1966-1967); Mutomo Parish (1968-1971); Development Coordinator for Kitui Diocese (1972-1977); Ikanga Parish (1977-1981); Pastoral Coordinator for Kitui Diocese (1981-1984); Financial Administrator of Kitui Diocese (1985-1991); Our Lady of Africa Cathedral, Kitui (1991-1993); Diocesan Secretary (1993-1995).

In 1995 Paddy was appointed Bursar General of the Society and was based at Kiltegan. On reaching the age of 65 Paddy decided “to retire” but he continued to be available for temporary appointments. He helped train people in the use of the Quickbooks Accounts Programme which had been adopted by the Society as its official accounting system. He also facilitated various workshops and Society Meetings. In 2009 he came out of “retirement” to become House Leader at the Society’s House in Rome. He stayed in that post until 2012 when the Society decided to close the House. He returned to Kiltegan and this time retired “officially”.

All agree that Paddy made an enormous contribution to the missionary effort in Kitui Diocese during his three decades of active ministry there. He was a man who thought outside the box. He was innovative and an inspiration to his colleagues. He was full of ideas and had the innate confidence to try them out. He spearheaded the Church’s outreach to the hungry in times of drought and famine. He introduced the Psycho-Social Method to Kitui Diocese and this had a big influence on pastoral policy thereafter. He was also the leading light in the many Church projects and developments aimed at lifting people out of poverty. His organisational ability and drive were spotted early on by Bishop Dunne who made full use of Paddy’s impressive array of talents by appointing him to key positions in the Diocese.

While his work and pastoral ministry were very central to Paddy’s life he also found time for hobbies. He believed that life should be lived. During his years in Kitui he took up painting and this became his main hobby for the rest of his life. Visits to Italy for workshops on art became annual events. He was very generous with his talents and many of his paintings decorate the dining room and corridors of St Patrick’s, Kiltegan. Family was central to Paddy’s life and he enjoyed interacting with his nieces and nephews and their families up to very near the end of his life. They appreciated his openness and his totally non-judgemental style. He encouraged them to broaden their horizons and think outside the box. He took a great interest in his family tree and enjoyed discovering long lost cousins in West Wicklow.

Paddy enjoyed excellent health for most of his life. However, in the Spring of 2019 he was admitted to Naas General Hospital for an extended period and after his return to Kiltegan he was no longer capable of independent living and had to live in the Care Unit. His health began to decline further in early 2021. He became seriously ill on the 29th of March but he held on for a few days. As dawn was about to break on Easter Sunday morning (the 4th of April) he was called to his eternal reward.

 

Paddy was predeceased by his sister Bobbie (Browne), his brother Barry, his sister-in-law Anne and his brother-in-law Paddy Browne. He is survived by his nieces Jean, Marilyn, Valerie and Lanna, his nephews Peter and Patrick and their families.

Every job is a self-portrait

Of the person who did it.

Autograph your work with quality. 

Paddy did his work with quality.

 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Fr Michael Dillon, 1937-2021

Sunday, February 7th 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Fr Michael Dillon (1961 Class). Fr Michael died early this morning, Sunday February 7th, in Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. May he rest in peace.

Our sincere sympathy to the Dillon family in their grief at this time.

 

Funeral arrangements are as follows: Due to Government restrictions, the Funeral will be private. Funeral Mass in St Patrick’s Chapel, Kiltegan, on Wednesday, February 10th, at 12 noon, followed by burial in the Society Cemetery. The Mass will be live-streamed on https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-patricks-missionary-society A password will not be needed to view the Funeral, it will be removed approximately 10 minutes before it begins. 

Fr Michael Dillon (1937-2021)

Michael Dillon was born on the 12th of September 1937 to Patrick Dillon and his wife Mary (née Power) of Cuffesgrange, Co Kilkenny. He received his primary education at Cuffesgrange National School from 1942 to 1949 and then boarded in St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, for his secondary education, sitting the Leaving Certificate in June 1954. Michael came to Kiltegan in September 1954 for the Spiritual Year; he then studied philosophy in St Patrick’s College, Douglas, Cork, from 1955 to 1957. He returned to Kiltegan in September 1957 for a four year course in theology and was ordained priest at St Mary’s Church, Killamoat, on the 2nd of April 1961 (Easter Sunday). The ordaining prelate was Most Rev Patrick Cleary SSC, Exiled Bishop of Nancheng, China.

After ordination Michael was appointed to the Diocese of Eldoret, Kenya; it would be his home for the following 55 years. He began in Holy Rosary Parish, Nakuru, and then spent a short time in Lodwar which was a reserved area at the time: one needed special permission to enter the territory. After his stay in Lodwar, Michael returned to Holy Rosary Parish, Nakuru. In 1968 he was appointed to West Pokot where he would spend the next forty eight years of his life. He began in Ortum and then moved to Chepareria. He opened a new mission in Chepnyal in the early 1990s – it involved a two hour journey up a steep escarpment to reach his mission. He ministered there for fifteen years. During that time he helped build a school and a clinic with the assistance of the Daughters of Charity. In 1998 the Diocese of Kitale was carved from the Diocese of Eldoret and encompassed the vast territory where Michael worked. He spent most of 2007 in Ireland on medical leave, after which he returned to Kenya; this time he was appointed to the Society parish in Kibomet, on the outskirts of Kitale. Michael remained there until 2016 when ill-health forced him to return to Ireland after fifty five years of unbroken service to the people of Kenya. He decided to retire in Kiltegan.

Michael was a very warm, sincere, prayerful, gentle and committed missionary priest. He devoted himself completely to the people he was sent to serve: He learnt their language and studied their culture and customs, and felt very much at home among them. He used his many talents for the benefit of the local people, and took a special interest in catechetics, education and healthcare. He left behind communities well formed in the Christian faith as well as some fine schools and clinics. Michael’s rich prayer life was the centre of his priestly ministry; the Eucharist and the Rosary were the bedrock of his spiritual life. During his retirement in Kiltegan he had more opportunities to pray and he took them all with great joy and enthusiasm. He remained very close to his family throughout his life and he loved his regular visits to Cuffesgrange, where his faith and his vocation had been nourished.

Towards the end of 2020 Michael was diagnosed with a serious illness and he moved to the Care Unit in Kiltegan. He was admitted to Tallaght Hospital on the 31st of January where he died peacefully during the early hours of Sunday, the 7th of February 2021. At his bedside were his sister Mary and his niece Gemma Dillon.

Michael was predeceased by his sister Marguerite and by his brother Andy. He is survived by his sisters Mary and Kate (Halligan), by his brothers Joe and Anthony, by his sisters-in-law Brigid, Mary and Jacqui, by his brother-in-law Michael Halligan, by his nieces, nephews and their families.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Fr Joseph Flynn, 1944-2021

Tuesday, January 19th 2021

With sadness we announce the death of Fr Joseph (Joe) Flynn (1970 Class). Joe died peacefully in the Care Unit at 4pm today, Tuesday, January 19th. May he rest in peace.

 

Due to Government restrictions the Funeral will be private. Funeral Mass in St Patrick's Chapel on Friday, the 22nd of January at 12 noon followed by burial in the Society Cemetery. The Mass will be live-streamed on https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-patricks-missionary-society.

A password will not be required to watch the Mass, it will be removed approximately 10 minutes before the beginning of the Mass.

Fr Joseph (Joe) Flynn (1944-2021)

Martin Joseph (Joe) Flynn was born on the 8th of November 1944 to Martin Flynn and his wife Elizabeth (née Martin) of Tents, Drumkeeran, Co Leitrim.He attended Cartron National School in nearby County Roscommon from 1950 to 1958, and received his secondary education at St Patrick’s College, Cavan, where he was a boarder from 1958 to 1963. He came to Kiltegan in September 1963 for the Spiritual Year. He then studied philosophy in St Patrick’s College, Douglas, Cork from 1964 to 1966. Joe returned to Kiltegan in September 1966 for a four year course in theology and was ordained priest at St Mary’s Church, Killamoat, on the 29th of March 1970 (Easter Sunday). The ordaining prelate was Bishop James Moynagh SPS, Retired Bishop of Calabar, Nigeria.

After ordination Joe was appointed to the Diocese of Eldoret, Kenya, and worked in Chepareria during his first tour. In 1974 Joe was appointed to promotion work in the USA and was based at the Society House in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. He returned to the Diocese of Eldoret in 1978 and was appointed Parish Priest of Kobujoi in the Nandi Hills. In the mid 1980s he moved to St Joseph’s, Kitale. His last appointment in Kenya was in Tartar where he worked with the local community to build a church at Kanyalykan.

Joe returned to Ireland in 1995 because of health issues. His vision had become seriously impaired and he was unable to drive. He settled first in Leeson Park and became leader of the community there for a short while. Joe then discovered a new ministry to people with special needs and found scope for his many gifts as chaplain to the L’Arche Community in the Sutton area of Dublin. He moved to an apartment near the L’Arche Community and lived there for many years. He also linked up with a L’Arche Community in Uganda and made several visits to that country.

Joe was very much a people’s person. He was noted for his ability to spend time with people in a very unhurried and relaxed manner. This quality became evident when Joe was a student. He gathered other students around him for conversation. He was instrumental in setting up the first coffee dock in the Theology House in Kiltegan. And the coffee dock was very fittingly called JOE’S. The name lived on long after Joe had been ordained. It became a focal point for sharing, conversation and relaxation among the student body. Joe’s easy and relaxed style with people came to the fore during his four years on promotion work in the USA. He spent hours visiting homes, listening to people’s stories and building up a network of friends and benefactors for the Society. Many of these friendships forged in the 1970s remained with Joe up to the end of his life. He loved the outdoors and derived great pleasure from hill walking; he was in his element climbing hills and belting out a song in the company of his friends.

Joe retired to Kiltegan in 2014. When his health declined further and he became incapable of independent living he moved to the Care Unit. From 2020 onwards he was confined mainly to his room, no longer able to go for his long walks. This was a cause of great sadness for him. He became seriously ill in January 2021, and died peacefully on the evening of Tuesday, the 19th of January. At his bedside were his nephew Barry Flynn and some of the staff of the Care Unit.

Joe was predeceased by his sisters Sr Amadeus (Marist Sister) and Mary, by his brothers Noel and Killian and by his brothers-in-law Patsy Croal and Don Gullickson. He is survived by his sisters Lily Croal (Ballyshannon) and Catherine Gullickson (Canada), by his sisters-in-law Peg and Mary, by his nieces and nephews and their families.

 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Fr James Patrick Bohan, 1926-2020

Sunday, December 20th 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Fr James Patrick (JP) Bohan (1953 Class). JP died peacefully in the Care Unit in St Patrick's, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow on Sunday evening, December 20th. May he rest in peace.

Our sincere sympathy to Fr Benny SPS, JP's brother and to all the Bohan family.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Funeral Mass in St Patrick's Chapel on Wednesday, the 23rd of December at 12 noon followed by burial in the Society Cemetery. The Mass will be live-streamed on https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-patricks-missionary-society.

A password will not be required to watch the Mass, it will be removed approximately 10 minutes before the beginning of the Mass.

Fr James Patrick (JP) Bohan (1926-2020)

James Patrick (JP) Bohan was born on the 17th of August 1926 to Michael Bohan and his wife Mary (née McGlynn) of Cloonfad, Rooskey, Co Roscommon. He was the second eldest of a family of nine two of whom joined St Patrick’s Missionary Society. He attended Cloonfour National School from 1930 to 1940 and went on to Summerhill College, Sligo, for his secondary education. He sat the Leaving Certificate in 1944. He joined St Patrick’s Missionary Society in September of the same year, and did the Spiritual Year in Humewood Castle beside Kiltegan Village. He then studied philosophy for two years at St Patrick’s College, Kiltegan, before going to St Patrick’s College, Douglas, Cork in September 1947. JP was a member of the first class of Society students to study at University College Cork. He obtained a first class honours B A degree from UCC in 1949 and returned to Kiltegan for a four year course in theology. JP was ordained in St Mary’s Church, Killamoat, on Easter Sunday (5th of April) 1953. The ordaining prelate was Most Rev John W Heffernan CSSp, Vicar Apostolic Emeritus of Zanzibar, Kenya. (In 1960, JP’s brother Bernard (Benny) was ordained in the same St Mary’s Church, Killamoat, as a member of St Patrick’s Missionary Society.)

After ordination JP was appointed to Kenya where he would spend the next 60 years of his life. Commitment to education was a life-long focus of his priestly ministry. He taught in many schools throughout his six decades as a missionary in Kenya. He began his teaching career in St Joseph’s Teacher Training College in Kitale. This was followed by a short period in Mother of the Apostles Junior Seminary which at that time was based at Matunda. He started a Harambee Secondary School on the outskirts of Kitale in 1965 and moved to Nakuru in 1966. He taught in Nakuru Day Secondary School and Loreto School between 1966 and 1983. He then had a change of career serving at the Catholic Secretariat in Nairobi for six years, during which he lived at the Regional House in Nairobi. JP returned to his beloved Nakuru in 1990 and was based at Mlimani. He taught once again in various schools in the Nakuru area. In 2000 he moved to the Society House in Kiamunyi and continued his ministry in schools. He spent 2007/2008 in Ireland on medical leave; during that time he produced a book entitled Fullness of Life which contained short biographies of all Society members who had died between 1942 and 2008. Having completed 60 years of missionary service in Kenya, JP returned to Kiltegan during the summer of 2013. This was a very hard decision for him to make as he had a profound love for the peoples of Kenya and for their culture. The beauty and majesty of the Kenyan countryside never ceased to evoke a sense of awe and wonder in him and he felt truly privileged that this was the place he called home for all those years.

JP was a gifted teacher who dedicated himself totally to his students. He got deep personal satisfaction from his decades in the classroom. It was as if there was chalk on his hands the day he was born. He had a deep influence on the many young teachers whom he taught and was a source of inspiration for them in their own careers. JP had a prodigious memory which he retained right up to the end of his life. He had no peers when it came to facts and figures. He could recite poems and extracts from Shakespeare at will. He was a very loyal friend who had a deep respect for the opinion of others. He remained very close to his family throughout his life. Despite being far away in Kenya he was always in close contact with them. JP had a great love of sport especially GAA and rugby; he could name every member of the victorious Roscommon team of 1943. Daily exercise was very important to him. He jogged every day until he was well into his 70s. He also enjoyed swimming.

JP spent seven happy years around Kiltegan in retirement. He took a full part in community life in the early years. When his health began to fail he moved to the Care Unit. He continued to have a great interest in everything that was happening in the community. He loved to join the 8 am Mass in St Patrick’s Chapel each morning. The latter years gave him even more opportunities for interaction with his family, something he appreciated very much. On Sunday the 6th of December he got weak during Mass and asked to return to his room. His condition deteriorated over the following days. He died peacefully at 9.15pm on Sunday, the 20th of December.

JP was predeceased by his sisters Maureen (Traynor), Detta (Sheerin), Angie (Mlsek) and Patricia, by his brother Matty, by his sisters-in-law Eileen and Mary, by his brothers-in-law Jimmy Traynor, Tom Sheerin and Brian Mlsek. He is survived by his sister Helen McLoughlin, by his brothers Micheál and Fr Benny SPS, by his sisters-in-law Joan and Helena, by his brother-in-law Michael McLoughlin, by his nieces and nephews and their families.

 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Kenya

St Patrick’s
P.O. Box 25269

Lavington 00603

Nairobi

Kenya

Tel:

+254 20 4343189

or

+254 790494655

Email:

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Ireland

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Co Wicklow

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+353 59 647 3600

Fax:

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Surrey
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Email:

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FK8 2QP
Scotland

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Chicago, IL 60656-4252
USA

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+1 773 887 4741

Email:

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www.stpatrickfathers.com

 

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