Spiritan News

Irish Spiritan Province. Quarterly Information Bulletin Nº 3 (July - September 2014)


Templeogue College students support Kenyan school

In 2013 a group of three Transition Year students of Templeogue College (http://www.templeoguecollege.ie/) researched a number of overseas Spiritan Missions with a view to allocating funds being raised by the school’s Past Pupils’ Union. The funds would go to the mission that most resonated with their own experience as students of a Spiritan school.

The students - Thomas Burke, Michael Kelly and James O’Connor – chose the new mission in Rotu in Kenya’s Pokot region.

Fr. Seán McGovern C.S.Sp., who first went on mission to Kenya in the mid-1960s and who moved to Rotu in 2011, visited Templeogue College on 24th September 2014 while on holidays. His meeting with the students proved to be enjoyable, educational and inspirational and he was delighted to be handed a cheque to the value of €2,000 for use by Rotu school.

“Fr Seán has seen the fruits of his labour with both boys and girls receiving education and gaining work. Rotu is living proof of the belief that ‘education changes poverty’.” - Thomas Burke

“Fr Seán is a truly selfless and inspiring character.  I am proud to have played some small part in his incredible work.”  - Michael Kelly

“Above all, I felt huge respect for Fr. Seán, not only for the phenomenal amount of work he has done in Rotu, but for his extraordinary courage”. - James O’Connor

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Picture above shows Fr. McGovern with (from left to right) Michael Kelly, James O’Connor and Thomas Burke.

John Laizer C.S.Sp. and Overseas Development Officer Ms Connie O’Halloran visited Tanzania in September. While there they went to the prospective Marian University in Bagamoyo – the city which hosted the Congregation’s 2012 General Chapter – the Libermann Boys’ Secondary School in Goba and the farm the Spiritans run in Mlandizi.

Tanzania, a Province of the Congregation since 2008, has long had a Spiritan presence. The Irish Spiritan connection to the Vicariate of Zanzibar dates back to the 1870s when Brother John Peter Bowes from Bansha was appointed there.

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Picture shows from left to right John Laizer C.S.Sp, Connie O’Halloran and Luke Mbefo C.S.Sp.

Peter-Hughes-C.S.SpPeter Hughes C.S.Sp. (pictured) died peacefully in Marian House, Kimmage on 16th July 2014 on what was the 53rd anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

Born in 1933 in Glasnevin, Peter did his secondary studies in Rockwell College, Co. Tipperary, before entering the Spiritan novitiate in Kilshane, also in Co. Tipperary.

Fr. Peter’s first appointment was to Nigeria where he served in a pastoral role from 1962 until 1967 in what became the Diocese of Enugu. Going to the US in 1968, he served briefly in a pastoral role in Texas before moving to New York later the same year where he did fundraising for two years.

In 1971 he began a period of more than a decade in the Diocese of Monze in Zambia. After renewal studies in Marianella in Dublin, Fr. Peter returned to the US in 1983, to the Diocese of Fargo, North Dakota where he served until 2012 when he transferred to Kimmage Manor.



A Mass on Sunday 20th July marked the conclusion of the 150th Anniversary celebrations at Rockwell College. Now a co-educational secondary school, the Co. Tipperary campus once hosted the senior seminary of the Congregation - this later moved to Kimmage Manor - a catering school and an agricultural school.

Having successfully completed his programme of studies in Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College, Michael Gomez C.S.Sp. has returned to The Gambia.

A total of 28 Spiritan associates and confrères came together for a one-day workshop on ‘Living Spiritan Spirituality’. The workshop, led by Bernard Kelly C.S.Sp., was held in Kimmage Manor on 26th August 2014.



Bulletins 2014

Irish Spiritan Province. Quarterly Information Bulletin. N°1 (January – March) 2014

Irish Spiritan Province. Quarterly Information Bulletin. N°2 (April – June) 2014

Irish Spiritan Province. Quarterly Information Bulletin Nº 3 (July - September 2014)