A TIME IN HISTORY (October)

FR. PATRICK KEENAN was born at Grovehill, Castledawson, County Derry, Ireland, in 1921. He died on October 16, 1955 at St. Columb’s Hospital, Derry. Having completed his secondary studies at St. Columb’s College, Derry, Fr. Pat came to Dalgan, Ireland, in 1941 and was ordained priest there in 1947.

October 16

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FR. PATRICK KEENAN was born at Grovehill, Castledawson, County Derry, Ireland, in 1921. He died on October 16, 1955 at St. Columb’s Hospital, Derry. Having completed his secondary studies at St. Columb’s College, Derry, Fr. Pat came to Dalgan, Ireland, in 1941 and was ordained priest there in 1947. The following year [1948] he went to the Philippines but within two years he was seriously ill with pulmonary tuberculosis. In 1950 he went to Australia for medical treatment. Despite his very weak condition he travelled home in 1955 and died within a short time. Fr. Pat is buried at Dalgan.

 

 

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FR. JAMES A. McCARTHY was born in 1926 at Feenagh, County Limerick, Ireland. He died on October 16, 2005 at Blanchardstown Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.  Fr. James came to Dalgan, Ireland in 1946 and was ordained there in 1950. Assigned to the Philippines in 1951, he was to spend the next 53 years of his life on pastoral work in Luzon, apart from a brief stint as chaplain to Student Catholic Action groups. Despite suffering from respiratory problems in later years, Fr. James maintained his reputation as story-teller to the end. He is buried at Dalgan, Ireland.

 

 

October 18

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FR. MICHAEL DONOHUE was born in 1920 at Woodville, Kilchreest, County Galway, Ireland. He died on October  18, 2008 having officiated at a relative’s burial. He was ordained priest on December 21, 1945 and assigned to China. In 1949 he was assigned to the Philippines, to Mindanao where he spent over 50 years. His leadership and administration qualities were recognized and he was appointed Columban superior in Mindanao in 1956. He became Regional Director of the Philippines in 1959 and on the expiry of his term he was reappointed to the post. In 1999 he retired to Dalgan, Ireland where many fellow-retirees recognized him as a man of deep faith who had a great capacity to reach out to others in their needs and troubles. How fitting it was that his last act was a corporal work of mercy at the graveside of a relative. He is buried at Dalgan.

 

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Frs. Brendan Kennedy and Michael Donohue 

 

October 19

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FR. MARTIN R. DEMPSEY was born at Donnybrook, Dublin, Ireland, in 1934. He was killed in the Philippines on October 19, 1970. Fr. Martin was ordained priest in Dalgan, Ireland in 1961. Assigned to the Philippines, he worked in the Marawi area. On the morning of his death Fr. Martin was at school to attend the flag ceremony.  A 14-year-old Muslim student was verbally corrected by him for an infringement of the rules. The young student reported the affair to his 17-year-old brother and both left the school.  A short time later they returned, armed with a revolver and a carbine. Fr. Martin invited them into his office to talk it over.  From ten feet they riddled him with bullets and he died immediately. Fr. Martin is buried at Balabagan, Mindanao.

  

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Fr. Martin R. Dempsey at baptism

 

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FR. T. OLAN HEALY was born at Coachford, County Cork, Ireland, in 1915. He died in Spain on October 19, 1986. Fr. Olan came to Dalgan, Ireland in 1932. He was ordained priest there in 1938 and assigned to the Philippines where he served through the difficult World War II years.  In 1949 he was appointed to the U.S. where he worked in the General Mission Office in Omaha. Later he did pastoral work in different parts of the U.S. He retired to Tampa, Florida, in 1976. He was a brother of Columban Michael A. Healy and a nephew of Columban E.J. McCarthy.  Fr. Olan is buried at San Fernando Cemetery, Seville, Spain.

 

 

 

October 21, 1931 – Fr. Gary Cogan was the first Columban priest to be assigned in a parish outside Manila City.  He was transferred from Malate parish to Binangonan parish.