Funeral Mass of Fr Derry O’Connell SMA – live streaming

After 56 years of unbroken missionary service in the Archdiocese of Jos, Nigeria, Fr Jeremiah [Derry] O’Connell died peacefully at 4am in the SMA House, Blackrock Road on Wednesday, 17 August 2016, aged 84 years.

Click here to view live streaming of the funeral Mass which begins at 12 noon [Irish time] on Saturday, 20 August, in St Joseph’s SMA Church, Wilton.

Fr Derry with Fr Eddie Hartnett SMA [Lagos Archdiocese] at a funeral in St Joseph's SMA Church, Wilton, Cork

Fr Derry with Fr Eddie Hartnett SMA [Lagos Archdiocese] at a funeral in St Joseph’s SMA Church, Wilton, Cork. It is in this same church we will celebrate Fr Derry’s funeral Mass.

Fr Michael McCabe, SMA Provincial Leader, will be the principal celebrant and the Right Reverend Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, Bishop of Sokoto, Nigeria is representing His Grace, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, Archbishop of Jos, the priests, religious and the people of Jos, particularly his beloved St Louis parish.

Jeremiah Paul O’Connell was born on 10 May 1932, the youngest of three children born to John and Margaret [née O’Donovan]. His brother, Seán, was also an SMA priest and he died on 26 November 2003. Their sister Breda [Keyes] survives them.

Popularly known as Derry he was baptised in the parish of Ss Peter & Paul, Cork City and confirmed in St Finbarr’s West [The Lough], where the family lived on Hartland’s Avenue.

After secondary schooling in the Presentation Brothers’ College in Cork…. read complete Obituary here

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