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A Time in History (January 9-15)

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A Time in History (January 9-15)

A Time in History (January 9-15)


January 9


FR. DANIEL BARAGRY was born on May 11, 1930 in Tipperary, Ireland. An uncle and granduncle were Redemptorist Fathers but Father Dan, wanting to be a missionary, joined the Columban Fathers and was ordained on December 21, 1954. His brother, Father Frank, followed three years later.  Father Dan spent 45 happy years in the Philippines, the first 35 in nine parishes in Mindanao. A rugged, mountainous place like Anakan demanded prodigious energy with 83 small scattered communities. When Tandag was taken on Father Dan was one of the first to volunteer, even though it was an eight-hour drive from the Columban House in Cagayan de Oro. In 1989, as assistant director in the Columban Formation House in Cebu, he worked part-time in the Southern Islands Hospital Psychiatric Unit caring for those most neglected by society. Failing health forced him to return to Ireland in 2001. He did book-keeping in the farm office until confined to the Dalgan Nursing Home where he died on January 9, 2015.  Father Dan was a quiet, dedicated, loyal Columban with a gentle sense of humour.


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Fr Dan Baragry, Cebu City



Fr. Daniel Baragry and sixteen weddings, Pagadian City, late 1950s



January 11



FR. THOMAS GERAGHTY was born in 1913 at Drumree, County Meath, Ireland. He died at Dalgan Park on January 11, 1997. Having received his secondary education in St. Finian’s College, Mullingar, Ireland [1927-32], Father Tom came to Dalgan Seminary in 1933 and was ordained priest there on December 21, 1939. Due to World War II, he was unable to take up his appointment to the Philippines and worked in the Salford Diocese, England.  In 1946, Father Tom was appointed to China and went to Hupeh, from where he was expelled in 1950 and reassigned to the Philippines. In the Philippines, he worked in Negros for the next thirty years until he returned to Ireland [1980] and undertook a “dedicated and kindly ministry” in his home diocese of Meath. He is buried at Dalgan Park, Ireland.




 FR. WILLIAM G. HENNESSY was born at Providence, Rhode Island, USA in 1912. He died in Kinogitan, Misamis Oriental, Philippines on January 11, 2001 having been in failing health for many months. Having studied at Silver Creek and Omaha, USA, Father Bill, as he was called, was ordained priest at St. Columban’s Nebraska in December 1935 and then went to Rome for postgraduate studies in Canon Law. Assigned to the Philippines in 1939, he lived in the hills of Mindanao throughout the Japanese occupation and played a major part in the rebuilding of the Christian communities in Misamis after the country was liberated. Father Bill became the first Director of the newly constituted Region of the Philippines in 1952 and served in that position until 1959. He is buried at Kinogitan, Misamis Oriental.





Columban Frs. Robert Cullen and William Hennessey, Ozamiz City, 1980s



Columban Frs. William Hennessey, Augustine O’Leary and Francis Chapman



January 12


FR. JOHN CRAFTON was born in St. Peter’s parish, San Francisco, USA in 1913. He died at Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA on January 12, 1989.  Father John was ordained priest in Providence, Rhode Island in 1940 after studying at Silver Creek, Bristol and St. Columban’s, Nebraska. After parish work in St. Paul, Father John went to Mindanao, Philippines in 1945. In 1948, he was assigned to the U.S. Region. After studies at Creighton University he worked on THE FAR EAST, in regional offices and on parish apostolates until 1982. In later years, he was auxiliary chaplain at the Home where he died. Father John is buried at East Providence, Rhode Island.



January 13


FR. JOHN O’BRIEN was born at Cahirconlish, County Limerick, Ireland in 1933. He died in a motorcycle accident in the Philippines on January 13, 1960.  Father John studied at Sacred Heart College, Limerick before coming to Dalgan Seminary in 1951. He was ordained priest in 1957 and was assigned to the Philippines where he worked in the Zambales area until his untimely death.  Father John was buried at Olongapo City, Philippines. He was re-interred in St. Columban’s Church, Olongapo City.



January 14


FR. EAMONN CULLEN was born in 1928 at Slieveboy, Castlepollard, County Westmeath, Ireland. He died on January 14, 1997 in Navan Hospital having suffered a stroke. Having completed his secondary education [1943-48] in St. Finian’s College, Mullingar, Ireland Father Ned entered Dalgan Seminary and was ordained priest there on December 21, 1954. Assigned to the Philippines, he ministered in the Manila area. He did a brief stint [1964-66] on promotion in the U.S. From 1966, he did parish and promotion work in Britain and Ireland. He was appointed to Chile in 1978 but poor health due to diabetes led to his retirement in 1995 to Dalgan Park.  Father Ned is buried at Dalgan Park, Ireland.



January 15



FR. WILLIAM A. ADAMS was born in 1922 at Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland.  He died on January 15, 1991 at St. Columban’s House, Manila during a siesta. He was a nephew of Columban Father Paddy Kelly who was killed in Manila in 1945. Father Billy received his secondary education at St. Finian’s College, Mullingar, Ireland [1936-40], before entering Dalgan Seminary in 1940. He was ordained priest in December 1946. He was assigned to the Philippines in 1947 and continued working there for the ensuing 43 years in Mindanao area. Father Billy is buried in Medina, Misamis Oriental.


Fr. William Adams with parishioners



Bishop Patrick Cronin (left) and Fr. William Adams (right)



Frs. William Adams and Patrick Cronin


Frs. Robert Gaffney and William Adams welcoming Fr. Frank Ruddy


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