A Time in History (Oct 29-Nov 3)

Fr. SEAN HOLLOWAY was born in Horseleap, County Offaly, Ireland, on August 25, 1921. He came to Dalgan in 1941 and was ordained on December 21, 1947. Assigned to the Philippines, after two years in Mindanao he was in the first group to go to Negros Occidental, a huge district. Fr. Seán spent eighteen years in Isabela and Himamaylan.

A Time in History (Oct 29-Nov 3)

 

 

 

October 29

 

 

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Fr. SEAN HOLLOWAY was born in Horseleap, County Offaly, Ireland, on August 25, 1921. He came to Dalgan in 1941 and was ordained on December 21, 1947. Assigned to the Philippines, after two years in Mindanao he was in the first group to go to Negros Occidental, a huge district. Fr. Seán spent eighteen years in Isabela and Himamaylan. He repaired the ruined church in Isabela, built a high school, and transformed the parish helped by sixty praesidia of the Legion of Mary. Returning to Ireland in 1970, he worked in Vocations Ministry, as Farm Manager, and Bursar of Dowdstown House. With lay assistance, he established the cattle herd and Dalgan’s much-admired forest walks. Twelve years in St Joseph’s, Balcurris, followed. His friendliness and reliance on the laity won him many friends. He established a school for the travellers and helped integrate them into the parish. Fr. Seán died on October 29, 2014 and is buried in Dalgan.

 

 

 

October 30

 

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FR. THOMAS FLYNN was born at Sixmilebridge, County Clare, Ireland, in 1908. He was killed in the Philippines, presumably on October 30, 1950.  Fr. Tom received his secondary education at The Crescent, Limerick and St. Flannan’s College, Ennis, Ireland before he began his studies for priesthood at Holy Cross College, Clonliffe in Ireland [1928].  In 1931 he went to St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and was ordained priest there in 1935 for the Archdiocese of Dublin. He served as a British Army chaplain during World War II. He joined the Society in 1948 and was appointed to the Philippines. He worked in Labrador, a communist guerrilla [Huk] stronghold. His rectory was raided one night and Fr. Tom was taken away and murdered. In 2003 his remains were exhumed and interred in the family plot at Ballysheen, County Clare, Ireland.

 

 

November 1

 

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FR.THOMAS BRENNAN was born in 1920 at Kilkelly, County Mayo, Ireland. He died at Navan Hospital in Ireland on November 1, 2004. Fr. Tom came to Dalgan, Ireland in 1940 and was ordained in 1946. All his overseas ministries – with the exception of a stint as guest-master in St. Columban’s, Baguio, where he was a genial and gracious host – were confined to Mindanao, Philippines. In 1990 ill-health prevented him from returning to the Philippines after holidaying in Ireland. For the next nine years he undertook pastoral work in various parishes in the West of Ireland. A generous, friendly and tolerant man, affirming and encouraging all whom he met, Fr. Tom is buried at Dalgan.

 

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           Fr. Tom Brennan in Marawi in mid 1950’s, where he stayed for seventeen years

 

November 3

 

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FR. EUGENE McGEOUGH was born in 1939 at Bessbrook, County Armagh, Ireland. He died at Iona Road Presbytery, Dublin, Ireland on November 3, 2001. He studied accountancy for a few years and then entered Dalgan where he was ordained priest in 1966. Assigned to the Philippines, Fr. Eugene worked in Negros until 1989 when he returned to Ireland for family reasons. From then until his death he worked briefly in the Diocese of Kerry, Ireland and afterwards in Iona Road parish, Dublin, always at ease with people, always among them, always for them. Fr. Eugene is buried at Dalgan.

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