A TIME IN HISTORY (OCTOBER 4th Week)

FR. WILLIAM “Billy” BOURKE was born in 1929 at Providence, Rhode Island (RI), U.S.A. He died in Kent Hospital, Warwick, RI, on October 24, 2004. Prior to coming to St. Columban’s, Bristol, U.S.A in 1947 he had studied at St. Columban’s, Silver Creek. In 1950 he was sent as one of four exchange-students to Dalgan, Ireland and was ordained at Boston in 1954. Assigned to the Philippines in 1955, Fr. Billy served in Ozamiz where he was Chancellor of the Archdiocese from 1988 until his death. He was a genuinely welcoming host to all visitors in his parish, the Archdiocesan Offices and in the central house in Ozamiz, where was house manager. He was known among Columbans as a passionate lover of sports and among the people for his kindness and generosity. He is buried at Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S.A.

October 24

 

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FR. WILLIAM “Billy” BOURKE was born in 1929 at Providence, Rhode Island (RI), U.S.A. He died in Kent Hospital, Warwick, RI, on October 24, 2004. Prior to coming to St. Columban’s, Bristol, U.S.A in 1947 he had studied at St. Columban’s, Silver Creek. In 1950 he was sent as one of four exchange-students to Dalgan, Ireland and was ordained at Boston in 1954. Assigned to the Philippines in 1955, Fr. Billy served in Ozamiz where he was Chancellor of the Archdiocese from 1988 until his death. He was a genuinely welcoming host to all visitors in his parish, the Archdiocesan Offices and in the central house in Ozamiz, where was house manager.  He was known among Columbans as a passionate lover of sports and among the people for his kindness and generosity. He is buried at Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
 
 
 
 
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Frs. William “Billy” Bourke, Hugh O’Rourke and Paul O’Rourke

 

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FR. HUGH MARKEY was born in Shanmullagh, County Monaghan, Ireland, in 1914. He died on October 24, 1970 at the Mater Hospital, Dublin.  Fr. Hugh came to Dalgan in 1932, was ordained priest in 1938 and assigned to Rome to study Canon Law. Having received his Doctorate in Canon Law in 1942 he went to teach Dogma and Canon Law at St. Patrick’s College, Kiltegan [1942-47], Ireland.  He was appointed Dean at Dalgan [1947-65]. Assigned to the Philippines in 1966 he worked at the Nunciature in Manila. He returned to Ireland in 1970 suffering from multiple sclerosis and died that year. Fr. Hugh, who was an uncle of Columban Gerry Markey, is buried at Dalgan.

 

 

October 25

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FR. WILLIAM CUNNANE was a native of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland where he was born in 1917. He died at Blanchardstown Hospital, Dublin, on October 25, 1984. Fr. William came to Dalgan in 1935 and was a member of the first class to be ordained priest at Dalgan, Navan, Ireland in 1941. He joined the Royal Air Force as chaplain [1943-46]. He went to Hanyang, China, in 1947 but was forced to leave in 1950 and went to the Philippines where he worked with Student Catholic Action for a number of years. He also served in the Archdiocese of Cagayan [1971-77]. Ill health forced him to leave the Philippines in 1983 and he retired to Dalgan. Fr. William is buried at Dalgan.

 

 

October 27

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FR. MAURICE McNIFFE was from Drumkeerin, County Leitrim, Ireland where he was born in 1920. He died at Dalgan on October 27, 2006.  He came to Dalgan in 1937 and was ordained there in 1943. He worked in many different countries, in many different capacities. Having served in the Nottingham Diocese until 1946, he worked in China, Ireland, U.S.A., Philippines, in Belize as Spokesman and in Donaghmede, Ireland as bursar. His good nature and sense of humour were his greatest assets to whatever Columban community he joined. He had ten happy years in the Dalgan community before his health began to decline. Fr. Maurice is buried with his own family members in Drumkeerin.

 

 

 

October 28

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FR. JOSEPH BRADLEY was born in 1923 at Maghera, County Derry, Ireland.  He died in Manila, Philippines, on 28 October 2008. He was a brother of Columban Patrick Bradley (’42). Having completed his secondary studies at St. Columb’s College, Derry, in 1941 he entered Dalgan and was ordained there in 1947. Arriving in Manila in 1949, his first pastoral assignment was to Sual, where he remained until 1961 when he became Regional Bursar, a position he held until 1978. From 1972-’78 he also filled the role of Vice-Director.  After his long service in administration, he returned to pastoral work in Pangasinan until 1996, when he suffered a very serious stroke from which he never fully recovered.  Fr. Joe’s availability, hospitality, kindness and resignation throughout his final illness were exemplary. He is buried in Loyola Memorial Park, Manila.

 

 

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FR. PATRICK T. KILLEEN was born at Curraghboy, Athlone, County Roscommon, Ireland, in 1912. He died on October 28, 1984 at his parish in Negros, Philippines. Having completed his secondary education at Summerhill College, Sligo, Fr. Pat came to Dalgan in 1930 and was ordained priest there in 1936. He went to China in 1937 and worked in Hanyang until 1947 when he returned to Ireland. In 1949 he went to the diocese of Shrewsbury, England, where he did parish work until 1958. He went to Australia and worked with the aborigines until he went to the Philippines in 1965. Fr. Pat worked in various parishes in the island of Negros, the last being Salong.  Fr. Pat, who was a half-brother of Columban John Crowe, is buried at Salong, Negros, Philippines.

 

 

 

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FR. PAUL J. O’ROURKE was born in 1934 at Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He died at the Silver Creek Nursing Home, Bristol, Rhode Island, on October 28, 2008. He was a brother of Hugh O’Rourke, SSC and Columban Sister Claire. He joined the Columbans in 1955, at Milton, Massachusetts, USA and was ordained in 1961. Assigned to the Philippines, Fr. Paul worked there until 1967 when he joined the U.S. Navy as a chaplain and served in Vietnam where he was injured in a mine explosion. In 1971 he received a medical discharge from the Navy and returned to the Phiippines. Returning to the U.S. in 1976, he was appointed to the Formation Staff at St. Thomas College, St. Paul, Minnesota.  Again, in 1980, he went back to the Philippines and in 1984 he ministered to a Spanish community in Las Cruces Diocese, New Mexico, USA. Appointed to Jamaica in 1991, he worked there for four years and then returned to serve as Columban Superior in Kew Gardens, London. In 1997 he was appointed to Bristol, England where he did promotion and supply work. He is buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island.

 

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Fr. Billy Bourke, Sr. Claire O’Rourke & Fr. Paul O’Rourke