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Obituaries 2008-2009

Obituaries

We commend to the Lord Irish SMA missionaries who have returned to the house of their Father.

Please remember them in your prayers.

30 August 2009 Fr James Harrold SMA
04 August 2009 Fr James O'Connell SMA
16 July 2009 Fr Seán Rafferty SMA
06 February 2009 Fr Henry Casey SMA
28 January 2009 Fr Patrick Carroll SMA
02 December 2008 Fr John A Creaven SMA
12 November 2008 Fr John O'Mahony SMA
13 October 2008 Fr James N McCarthy SMA

30 August 2009

Fr James Harrold SMA


Fr James Harrold SMA passed away peacefully at St Theresa's Nursing Home attached to SMA House, Blackrock Road, Cork in the evening of Sunday, 30 August, 2009.  He was aged 91 years.

Fr Jim was born in Limerick on 5 December 1917.  He became a permanent member of the SMA on 13 June 1942 and was ordained to the priesthood on 19 December 1942.  He belonged to the American Province of SMA.  He retired to SMA House Wilton some years ago and when his health deteriorated he moved to St Theresa's Nursing Unit.  He had made good progress after suffering a stroke but in recent weeks his condition deteriorated until his demise.

His remains were removed from the SMA Community Chapel, Blackrock Road, Cork on Tuesday, 1 September to SMA Parish Church, Wilton, Cork.  The funeral Mass was concelebrated on Wednesday, 2 September and was followed by interment in the adjoining SMA Community Cemetery.  American Vice-Provincial, Fr Brendan Darcy SMA, was the main celebrant and he was joined at the altar by Fr Kieran O'Reilly SMA, Superior General, Fr Fachtna O'Driscoll SMA, Irish Provincial, Fr Joseph Marwa SMA from Tanzania who has been working in Liberia and Fr Brendan Murphy PP of Kilmeedy Parish in the Diocese of Limerick.  Many priests from Limerick and SMA joined in the concelebration.  Jim's nephews read the Readings and grandnephew and grandnieces read the prayers of the Faithful.  Fr Denis Collins SMA was MC and Fr Cormac Breathnach SMA led the singing with Br Jim Redmond SMA at the organ.

Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam.

04 August 2009

Fr James O'Connell SMA

Fr Jimmy O'Connell SMA

Fr James (Jimmy) O'Connell SMA passed away peacefully in his sleep at 1.10 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday 4 August 2009 at St Theresa's Nursing Unit attached to SMA House, Blackrock Road, Cork.  He had been in very poor health for some time but his death was unexpected.  He was aged 72 years.  RIP.

Jimmy was born 23 March 1937.  He came from a family of seven, five sons and two daughters, of the late Seán and Helena (nee Sandross) O'Connell.  A native of Dublin, he lived at "Béal na mBláth", Vernon Avenue, Clontarf.  He received his early education at Clontarf National School.  He then attended O'Connell Schools run by the Christian Brothers for his secondary education which he completed in 1955.  While there his prowess as a sportsman emerged and he played in goal for the school and also played minor hurling for Dublin.  In 1955 he decided to become a missionary priest and entered the then novitiate of the SMA at Cloughballymore, Kilcolgan, Co Galway.  On 24 June 1956 he took his First Oath of membership of the Society of African Missions.  Next he was assigned to SMA House, Wilton, Cork to continue his education at UCC where he graduated with a BA in 1959.  His theological studies were undertaken at the SMA Major Seminary, Dromantine, Newry, Co Down from 1959 to 1963.  He became a permanent member of the Society on 12 June 1962.  He was ordained to the priesthood at St Colman's Cathedral, Newry, Co Down on 21 December 1962.

Following the completion of his studies, Jimmy was appointed to Nigeria to work in the Archdiocese of Lagos where he was to remain on missionary assignments until 1991.  He spent many of these years in education as a teacher and chaplain in St Finbarr's College, Akoka and Nazareth College, Ibonwon but it was at St Gregory's College, Lagos that he was most renowned.  Ever the sportsman, he was involved in promoting and coaching the college's cricket, football and athletics teams. A talented singer, under his direction the students presented major musical productions like Jesus Christ, Superstar and the framous South African musical Ipi Tombi.  He was appointed Deputy Society Superior of the SMA in the Archdiocese 1987-1989.  When he retired from teaching he undertook pastoral work most notably in Ajilete.  His fluency in the local language, Yoruba, was a great help in this work.

From 1991 to 1997 he was assigned to SMA House, Maynooth as Director of the formation programme for the students preparing for SMA missionary priesthood.  It was then that his growing health problem began to manifest itself.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.  He was forced to move to SMA House, Blackrock Road, Cork in 1997.  His deteriorating condition continued and he moved into St Theresa's Nursing Unit where he was provided the necessary nursing care for his condition.  He was there until his passing.

Jimmy is sadly mourned by his brothers, Brian, Louis and Mícheál, and his sister, Helen (Murray), by his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, his nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, other relatives and friends and by his confreres in the Society of African Missions.  His brother, Seán, and his sister, Eileen, predeceased him.

Fr Jimmy's remains, after reposing at the Chapel in SMA House, Blackrock Road, were removed to the St Joseph's SMA Parish Church, Wilton, Cork on Wednesday 5 August, and they were received by the local SMA Leader, Fr Dan Cashman.  The concelebrated funeral Mass took place on Thursday 6 August at 12 noon and was followed by interment in the adjoining SMA Community Cemetery.  Fr John Dunne SMA, Vice-Provincial, was the main concelebrant and he was joined at the altar by Bishop John Moore SMA, Bishop of Bauchi, Nigeria, Mgr Christopher Boyo representing the Archdiocese of Lagos, Fr Seán Lynch SMA (Classmate) and Fr Edward Hartnett SMA (co-worker in Lagos Archdiocese), a large number of SMA priests and a representative of St Patrick's Missionary Society.  The congregation included a large circle of family and friends, Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles, Mercy Sisters, members of CASA, a representative of the St Gregory's College Old Boys Association and former co-workers in Nigeria.  The MC was Fr Denis Collins SMA and Fr Cormac Breathnach SMA led the singing.

Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

 

Bishop John Moore SMA blessing the coffin during the obsequies Fr Jimmy's nieces as pallbearers at his funeral Fr John Dunne SMA Vice-Provincial blesses the grave
Bishop John Moore blesses the coffin during the obsequies Fr Jimmy's nieces act as pallbearers at his funeral SMA Vice-Provincial Fr John Dunne  blesses the grave


16 July 2009

Fr Seán Rafferty SMA


Fr Seán Rafferty SMA passed to the Lord in the evening of Thursday, 16th July 2009 in St Joseph's Nursing Home, Warrenpoint, Co Down.  He had been in failing health for some time.  He was 85 years of age.

Seán was a native of Barr, Co Down which is in the Parish of Donaghmore in the Diocese of Dromore.  SMA House, Dromantine is in the same parish.  He was the third child in a family of two girls and two boys, children of the late John and Elizabeth Rafferty.  He was born on 10 July 1924.

In 1929 he began his primary education in Barr Primary School where his teacher, Mr Peter Conlon (father of the late Fr Fergus Conlon SMA) had a profound influence on him.  He received his secondary education with the Christian Brothers at the Abbey CBS, Newry 1936-1941.  He then decided to become a missionary priest and came to the SMA, studying first at SMA House, Clouhgballymore, Kilcolgan in Co Galway and then at SMA College, Dromantine in his native parish.  He became a permanent member of SMA on 16 June 1947 and was ordained to the priesthood in St Colman's Cathedral, Newry on 13 June 1948.  After ordination he enrolled at University College Cork where he graduated in 1951. He continued further studies in education in London 1951-53.

In 1953 he was appointed to Nigeria to work in the Archdiocese of Kaduna with his first assignment to St John's College, Kaduna where he was a teacher until 1965.  In 1965 he was appointed as Supervisor of Schools, a post he held until 1970.  He then enrolled at Fordham University, New York where he graduated with a Masters degree, MA, in Religious Studies.

In 1972 he returned to Nigeria and took up an appointment at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria as member of staff and as Chaplain.  He retired from education in 1990 having completed thirty-five years in education.  He then took on full-time pastoral work among the Hausa people in rural areas of Kano State and continued in this until 1998 when ill-health forced him to retire from work in Africa.  He was appointed to SMA House Dromantine and helped in Loughbrickland Parish in the Diocese of Dromore until he retired in 2002.

Seán was very much involved in the apostolate of the Young Christian Students (YCS) and for many years was the Nigerian National Chaplain.

He spent his retirement at SMA House, Dromantine and was there until his deteriorating condition warranted the full-time nursing care he received at St Joseph's Nursing Home, Warrenpoint since 2006.  Last year he had the privilege of celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of his ordination.

He is mourned by his sister Susan (McDonnell) who lives in Monasterevan, Co Kildare and by numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Seán's remains reposed at the home of his niece in Newry and were removed to SMA House, Dromantine on Sunday 19 July for the conclebrated funeral Mass.  Fr Damian Bresnahan SMA, Provincial Councillor, was the main celebrant and preached the homily.  He was joined Fr Maurice Henry SMA, Regional Superior in Nigeria North where Sean worked; by the local SMA Leader Fr Noel O'Leary and Fr Paddy Mackle SMA who worked with Sean in St John's College, Kaduna and by the local parish priest, Fr Jarlath Cushenan and other SMA members.  Priests and Brothers from Dromore Diocese as well as St Louis Sisters were also present.  The burial took place in St Mary's Cemetery, Barr.

Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

 

06 February 2009

Fr Henry (Harry) Casey SMA

Fr Harry Casey SMA

Fr Henry (Harry) Casey SMA passed away in the afternoon of Friday 6 February at Downpatrick Hospital in Co Down.  He had been hospitalised in the Erne Hospital, Enniskillen for emergency treatment for respiratory problems on 28 December 2008 and transferred to Downpatrick from which he was discharged .  However he was re-admitted to hospital on 1st February.  He was aged 67 years.

Harry was born on 6 May 1941 in Belfast in the Diocese of Down & Conor.  He was one of seven children - five sons and two daughters - of the late Harry Joseph and Letitia (nee Milligan) Casey. He received his early education in the Primary School, Ardglass, Co Down and St Teresa's in Belfast and his secondary education at St Mary's Christian Brothers' Grammar School, Belfast.

In 1959 he decided to become a missionary priest in the Society of African Missions and entered the SMA Spiritual Year programme at Cloughballymore, Kilcolgan, Co Galway in September.  He became a temporary member of SMA on 25 June 1960 and undertook his studies of philosophy and theology at the Society's Major Seminary at Dromantine, Newry, Co Down 1960-1966.  He became a permanent member of SMA on 15 June 1965 and was ordained to the priesthood on 20 December 1965 at St Colman's Cathedral, Newry by Bishop Eugene O'Doherty, Bishop of Dromore, one of seventeen SMA priests ordained that day.

After completing his studies Harry was assigned for missionary work to Nigeria and was appointed to the Archdicoese of Lagos arriving in October 1967.  He worked mostly in the Ijebu area of the Archdiocese and when Ijebu-Ode Diocese was created in 1969 Harry continued work in the new jurisdiction.  He served in various parishes - Ibonwon, Ijebu-Igbo, Iperu-Remo and as administrator of the Cathedral Parish until 1976 when he returned to Ireland.

Unable to return to the missions he took up assignments in the Diocese of Down & Conor for thirty-two years from 1976 to 2008. He served in St Columbas, Ballyhackamore in East Belfast, (1983-1991), in Greenville (1991-1994), Newtownabbey (1994-1997) and Ballymartin, Co Down (1997-2008).

Harry's brother, Comgall, died in 1975.  He is surviced by his brothers Tony, Gerard and Francis and by his sisters Patricia (Connor) and Mary (Lambe).  The late Sr Comgall Milligan OLA was his aunt.  He is sadly mourned by his  family, nieces and nephews, uncles and aunts and by many former parishioners in the Diocese of Down & Connor and by his confreres in the Society of African Missions.

After reposing at his family home in Quay Street, Ardglass, Co Down his remains were removed to St Nicholas' Parish Church, Ardglass on Sunday, 8 February and were received by Parish Priest, Fr Robert Fleck.  The funeral Mass was concelebrated on Monday 9 February at 12 noon.  Fr John Dunne SMA, Vice-Provincial, was the principal celebrant and preached he homily.  Among those concelbrating were the Bishop of Down & Connor, Most Rev Noel Treanor and Auxiliary Bishop, Most Rev Anthony Farquhar, and a large number of priests from the Diocese and members of SMA.  Interment took place in the adjoining cemetery.

Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

28 January 2009

Fr Patrick Carroll SMA

Fr Paddy Carroll SMA

Fr Patrick J (Paddy) Carroll SMA passed away in the afternoon of Wednesday 28 January 2009 at St Theresa's Nursing Unit attached to SMA House, Blackrock Road, Cork.  He underwent open heart surgery late last year and had recovered well from that.  On his return to Wilton he sustained a hip fracture which necessitated further surgery.  He came to Blackrock Road in early January and his condition gradually deteriorated until his passing at 1.10 p.m. He was aged 84 years.

Paddy was born on 24 October 1924 in Bootle, Liverpool.  He was one of the eight children, four sons and four daughters, of the late Francis James Carroll and Mary (nee Kehoe).  He completed his early education in St Alban's, Catholic Primary School at Wallesey, Merseyside in Cheshire and at St Edward's CBS, St Domingo Road, Liverpool.

In 1940 he decided to follow his older brother Kevin to become an SMA missionary coming first to the SMA College at Wilton, Cork and then to the Novitiate of the Society which was then at Cloughballymore, Kilcolgan, Co Galway.  Whilst there he continued his studies for the missionary priesthood at University College Galway where he graduated with a BA (1st Class Hons in Philosphy and Education) in 1943.  He became a temporary member of the Society in 1943 and then came to the Society's Major Seminary at Dromantine, Newry Co Down.  He took permanent membership of the Society in 1946 and was ordained to the priesthood at St Colman's Cathedral, Newry on 18 June 1947, one of 16 SMA missionaries ordained that day.

After ordination he enrolled at Cambridge University and graduated with a BA in 1950.  He then attended London University for his Diploma in Education which he was awarded in 1951.  He was awarded his MA degree from Cambridge in 1954.

He spent one year on the teaching staff of the SMA Secondary College at Ballinafad, Co Mayo and in 1952 he was appointed to West Africa to the Archdiocese of Lagos in Nigeria.  Apart from another year in Ballinafad in 1961 he spent seventeen years in Nigeria, mostly in the education apostolate.  He was on the teaching staff of St Leo's College in Abeokuta, then at St Gregory's College, Lagos and later was Principal of St Anthony's Grammar School, Esure, Ijebu-Imushin.

In 1969 he was appointed the superior of the first SMA student body to enrol at St Patrick's College, Maynooth in Ireland and became a lecturer in the College's English Department.

In 1972 he returned to Africa to take up a new appointment at the University of Liberia in Monrovia where he taught until 1980.  He subsequently spent a further nine years in pastoral work there.

In 1989 he moved to the new SMA Foundation in The Philippines.  He was on the staff of the SMA International Spiritual Year Programme for Asia based at Silang in the Philippines.

In 1996 he retired from active ministry and was appointed to SMA House, Wilton, Cork.  In 1997 he had the joy of celebrating the Golden Jubilee of his ordination and in 2007 the Diamond Jubilee.

Always a keen sportsman he was actively involved in a wide variety of sporting activities, both in his younger days when he excelled at soccer, tennis and became adept at Gaelic football and hurling, and his later life when he loved his game of golf at which he was an accomplished low handicapped player.

He was a younger brother of the late Fr Kevin Carroll SMA who died in 1993.  His sisters, Eithne,  Mary and Sr Eileen (an Irish sister of Charity) and his brother Colm also predeceased him.  He is mourned by his sister Attracta and his brother Brendan, his sisters in law, Pat and Margaret,  and  many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends as well as his confreres in the Society of African Missions.

After his remains reposing at SMA House, Wilton, they were removed to St Joseph's SMA Parish Church, Wilton on Friday, 30th January.  The concelebrated funeral Mass took place on Saturday, 31st January at 12 noon and was followed by interment in the adjoining SMA Cemetery.  Provincial Leader, Fr Fachtna O'Driscoll SMA was the main concelebrant and deliverd the homily.  He was assisted at the altar by Frs Tom Gorman, Dan Cashman and John O'Brien.  A large number of SMA priests were joined by a representative of St Patrick's Missionary Society in the concelebration.  Fr Cormac Breathnach SMA was MC, Fr Aodhan McCrystal SMA led the singing and Brother Jim Redmond SMA was at the organ.

Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


02 December 2008

Fr John A Creaven SMA

Fr John A Creaven SMA passed away on Tuesday 02 December 2008 at St Theresa's Nursing Unit attached to SMA House, Blackrock Road, Cork.  He had been in quite good health until recently and had been hospitalised for about ten days but his condition deteriorated rapidly.  He returned to Blackrock Road House on Tuesday and passed away at 8.30 p.m. He was aged 91 years.

John was born on 1st April 1917 at Caherlea, Cummer, Co Galway in the Archdiocese of Tuam, son of the late Michael and Julia (Glynn) Creaven.  Of a family of seven, he was predeceased by his two brothers Michael (Sonnie) and Patrick and by his four sisters, Margaret, Mary (Glynn), Delia (Hogg) and Julia (Mannion).

He entered the SMA Juniorate at Sacred Heart College, Ballinafad, Co Mayo in 1932 and the SMA Senior Classical College at Wilton where took the Intermediate Certificate in 1935 with Honours in every subject including 100% in Latin.  He matriculated in 1936 and began studies at University College Cork taking First Arts in 1937 with First Class Honours in four subjects that included two first places and two second places in the University and was awarded an Exhibition but was unable to avail of it as he entered the SMA Novitiate at Cloughballymore, Kilcolgan, Co Galway. He continued his university studies at University College, Galway and he graduated with BA in 1939 with First Class Honours and a post-graduate scholarship. With this scholarship he specialised in Philosophy and took his MA with First Class Honours in 1941 with a thesis "The Philosophy of Personalism" which was adjudged the best of the seven theses presented that year to the NUI.  For this he was awarded The Travelling Studentship in Philosophy.  He entered the SMA Theological College at Dromantine, Newry, Co Down in 1941.

He became a temporary member of the Society of African Missions on 2 July 1939 and a permanent member on 12 June 1943.  He was ordained to the priesthood on 17 December 1944.  In 2004 he had the honour of celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of his ordination.

After ordination he was appointed to the staff of the SMA House, Cloughballymore, Co Galway as Professor of Philosphy.  From 1949 to 1952 he studied at Cambridge University and was conferred with PhD in 1956.

In February 1952 he was appointed Provincial Superior of the Irish Province and was elected for a further ten years at the 1958 Provincial Assembly. He attended many General and Provincial Assemblies both ex officio and as an elected delegate.  He was highly regarded for his dedication and application to the work of the SMA at a time of great difficulty and change in the Irish Province.

Following a sabbatical break in 1969-1970 he joined the staff of the Missionary Institute, Mill Hill, London in 1970 and was to serve there as Professor/Lecturer until 1989.   Until 1980 he was Registrar and from 1985-1988 he was President of the Institute. He retired from the Insitute in 1989 and took up appointments in the Diocese of Galway.  He was curate at St Joseph's, Galway City (1989-1990), at Clarenbridge (1990-1995) and at Glencorrib, Shrule (1995-2007).

He retired from active ministry in 2007 at the age of 89 and took up residence at the SMA House, Claregalway.  Due to failing health he transferred to SMA House, Blackrock Road, Cork in 2008.

After reposing at the SMA Community Chapel, Blackrock Road, Cork, Fr John's remains were removed on Thursday evening, 4 December, to the nearby St Joseph's SMA Parish Church, Blackrock Road, Cork where they were received by the Parish Priest, Fr Tommy Wade SMA.  The concelebrated Funeral Mass took place on Friday, 5 December.  Bishop Martin Drennan, Bishop of Galway, was the main concelebrant and was assisted at the altar by the Provincial Leader, Fr Fachtna O'Driscoll SMA, who preached the homily.  They were joined by numerous SMA priests and priests from the Diocese of Galway.  Fr Colum O'Shea was the MC and Fr Angelo Lafferty led the singing. Following the Mass interment took place at the SMA Cemetery, Wilton, Cork.

He is sadly mourned by his brother-in-law, Seán Mannion, and his many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

 

12 November 2008

Fr John O'Mahony SMA

                                                     Fr John O'Mahony SMA

Fr John O'Mahony SMA passed away on Wednesday 12 November 2008 at St Theresa's Nursing Unit attached to SMA House, Blackrock Road, Cork.  Though he had been in failing health for some time his death was unexpected.  He was aged 71 years.

John was born on 19 June 1937 in Glasnevin, Dublin in the Archdiocese of Dublin, one of the three children of Bartholemew and Eileen (nee McDonagh). He received his secondary education at St Vincent's CBS, Glasnevin 1952-1956.  Following his Leaving Certificate he joined the Society of African Missions and entered the Spirtitual Year programme of the SMA at Cloughballymore, Kilcolgan, Co Galway 1956-57. He became a temporary member of the Society of African Missions on 25 June 1957.  In 1957 he began his studies of philosophy and theology in preparation for missionary priesthood with the SMA at Dromantine, Newry, Co Down.  He was ordained priest at St Colman's Cathdral, Newry, Co Down by Bishop Eugene O'Doherty on 21 December 1962.

For his missionary work Fr John was appointed to the Archdiocese of Kaduna in Nigeria. He was assigned to establish and set up a Media Centre in Kaduna.  He foresaw the need to complement the work of missionaries in their stations with radio programmes that could be broadcast to the villages and towns all over northern Nigeria.  This was to have a profound influence in the work of evangelisation.  From 1963 to 1991 he oversaw the development of the Media Service Centre.  This Centre was responsible for the training of over 2,000 Nigerians in the use of the media and produced some 200 catholic religious radio programmes each year as well as many publications in the Hausa language including the lectionary of Mass readings, hymn-books and calendars.  He handed over the Directorship of the Centre in 1989 to local priest Fr Martin Dama but continued to take an active part in the work.  He availed of a sabbatical to study in Rome and Jerusalem in 1987.  He was frequently in demand to use his media skills at seminars and was on the SMA commision for the better use of the media in the service of evangelisation.

He was elected Vice-Regional Superior for the Nigeria North Region in 1991 and was based at Kagoro in Jos Diocese.  Due to ill-health  he returned to Ireland in 1992 and had a prolonged convalescence at home and in SMA House until 1994.  In 1994 he was appointed Rector of the newly-established SMA House of Formation in Nairobi, Kenya.  However the following year he was forced to return again to Ireland for medical treatment for a brain tumour and convalescence again in Maynooth until 1998.  He then spent a short time on pastoral assignment in Elphin Diocese.  But his recurring medical condition and further medical treatment necessitated his retirement to SMA House, Claregalway.  He continued to supply from there in the Archdiocese of Tuam until 2007 when he was transferred to SMA House, Blackrock Road, Cork.

Fr John's remains were reposing at SMA House Oratory, Blackrock Raod, Cork from Wednesday evening and removed to St Joseph's SMA Parish Church for the Funeral Mass on Friday, 14 November at 11.00 a.m. Forty-one priests concelebrated the Mass. Fr Fachtna O'Driscoll SMA Provincial Leader was the main concelebrant and he was joined at the altar by Fr Seán Lynch SMA and Gerry Murray SMA, Fr John' classmates.  Brother Jim Redmond SMA was at the organ and Fr Angelo Lafferty SMA led the singing. Following the Mass the remains were interred in the SMA Community Cemetery, Wilton, Cork.

He is sadly mourned by his older sister, Mary, and his twin brother, Frank, nephew and nieces and other relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

 

13 October 2008

Fr James N McCarthy SMA
Fr James McCarthy SMA

Fr James Noel (Jim) McCarthy SMA passed away peacefully at St Theresa's Nursing Unit attached to the SMA House, Blackrock Road Cork, in the early morning of 13 October 2008.  He was recently diagnosed with cancer in the neck and throat.  His health deteriorated rapidly over the past few weeks until his death at 12.15 am.  He was 87 years old.

Jim was born in Haulbowline in Cork Harbour in the Diocese of Cork on 6 January, 1921, into the family of four daughters and three sons of the late Patrick and Margaret (nee Neville) McCarthy.  He received his priamry education in Cobh and his secondary education at Presentation Brothers College, Cobh (1934-38).  He decided to become a missionary priest and came to the Society of African Missions.  He studied at the SMA Houses in Cloughballymore, Co Galway - 1938-1940 and Dromantine, Co Down - 1940-1944. He became a permanent member of the SMA on 12 June 1943 and was ordained priest on 19 December 1943 at St Colman's Cathedral, Newry, Co Down by the then Bishop of Down and Connor, Dr Daniel Mageean.

Following his ordination he studied at Cambridge and graduated in 1947 and graduated with BA.  He was awarded an MA in Anthropology in 1950.  In 1948 he was sent on missionary assignment to Nigeria and was appointed to the teaching staff of Ile-Ife Teacher Training College 1948-1950.  From 1950-1951 he was on the teaching staff of HETC, Abeokuta, Nigeria.  In 1952 he was on the teaching staff of Sacred Heart College, Ballinfad, Co Mayo. He returned to Nigeria in 1953 and from 1953 until 1958 he was Principal of St Leo's Teacher Training College, Abeokuta before being appointed to the staff of St Gregory's College, Lagos, Nigeria.  From 1967-1969 he was Principal of St Gregory's College.  He was then appointed to pastoral work and from 1969-1972 he was at Falamo Parish Church, Lagos.  In 1973 he was elected as Provincial Councillor and following the death of the  Provincial Superior, Fr Laurence Carr, Jim was elected Vice-Provincial in 1976 and served in that capacity until 1978.

He returned again to Lagos in 1978 and was again assigned to Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Falomo and was there until 1984 when he was transferred to the nearby parish of Lafiagi where he worked until 1990.  In 1990 he retired and lived at the SMA House, Blackrock Road, Cork and, for the past two years, at the adjoining St Theresa's Nursing Unit, where he was until his passing.

After reposing in the SMA Oratory, Blackrock Road, Cork his remains were removed to St Joseph's SMA Parish Church, Blackrock Road, on Tuesday, 14 October. The Funeral Mass was on Wednesday, 15 October at 11.00 am. Fr Fachtna O'Driscoll SMA, Provincial  Leader was the main celebrant and preached the homily. He was assisted at the alter by Fr Dan Murphy SMA and Fr Tom Curran SMA. Concelebrants included many SMA members and representatives of St Patricks Missionary Society. Fr Colum O'Shea SMA was the MC and Br Jim Redmond SMA was at the organ. The congregation included Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles, Mercy Sisters and Franciscan Missionary Sisters of St Joseph. The funeral mass was followed by interment at the SMA Community Cemetery, Wilton.

He is sadly mourned by his brother, Paddy, and his three sisters, Eileen McCarthy, Chris White and Ita Roche, by his niece Margaret O'Dwyer and nephew John White, other relatives and friends and his confreres in the Society of African Missions. He was predeceased by his sister Una who died tragically at an early age and his brother Fr Bartholemew McCarthy SMA who died on 17 June 2000.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.