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A death in the  family - Announcements and Funeral Arrangements

Edward Opiyo Anam, 1986-2021

Saturday, April 10th 2021

With sadness we announce the death of Edward Opiyo Anam, in Nairobi Mater Hospital, Kenya on Saturday, April 10th. Edward was a St Patrick’s Third Year Theology Student from Christ the King Parish, Embakasi, Kenya. May Edward rest in peace.

 

Our sincere sympathy to his family, his friends and classmates. 

A requiem Mass for Br. Edward Anam, took place on Tuesday, April 13th at 2pm, local time, in St Patrick's Theology House, Nairobi, Kenya. It can be viewed at the following link:

St Patrick's Theology House, Nairobi, April 13th

The Funeral Service for Edward Opiyo Anam will take place on Wednesday, April 14th at 11am local time. It will be live streamed at the following link:

Funeral Service, April 14th, 2021

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.

Kenya

St Patrick’s
P.O. Box 25269

Lavington 00603

Nairobi

Kenya

Tel:

+254 20 4343189

or

+254 790494655

Email:

spsclt@spms.org

Ireland

St Patrick’s
Kiltegan
Co Wicklow

W91 Y022
Ireland

Tel:

+353 59 647 3600

Fax:

+353 59 647 3529

Email:

office@spms.ie

England

20 Beauchamp Road
East Molesey
Surrey
KT8 0PA
England

Tel:

+44 208 979 1890

Fax:

+44 208 941 8221

Email:

office@stpatricksuk.co.uk

Scotland

St Patrick’s
8, Abercromby Place
Stirling
FK8 2QP
Scotland

Tel:

+44 1786 447 722

Fax:

+44 1786 464 064

Email:

stpatsbuch@aol.com

 

USA

St Patrick Fathers
8422 West Windsor Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656-4252
USA

Tel:

+1 773 887 4741

Email:

spsil@spms.org

www.stpatrickfathers.com

 

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