"Just A Couple Of Mayo
In times of
Eireanne unfortunatly similar to that of today two men of Mayo would
Morrisroe the son of Mary Brennan and John Morrisroe (the baker) was
Charlestown, County Mayo 19th February 1867. His sponsors were Luke
Brennan and Frances Kelly. He joined several siblings. As seemed to
follow family suit, he was
educated at the local N.S. Seminary, then on to Ballaghadereen and
Maynooth College. Following his ordination at the Cathedral at
Ballaghadereen he served in the diocese of Achonry. In 1896 Patrick
returned to Maynooth to become Junior Dean in the College.
was consecrated a Bishop at the age of 44 in the Cathedral,
Ballaghadereen along with his cousin Most Rev. Bishop Michael J.
O'Doherty, later to become Bishop of Zamboagna, in the Philippines.
Most Rev. Dr. Healy, Archbishop of Tuam was the concecrating prelate,
and was assisted by Rev. Dr. Clancy, the Bishop of Elphin. The
which filled the Cathedral included Messrs. John Dillon M.P., J.
McVeagh M.P., and John O'Dowd M.P. The sermon was preached by Rev. Dr.
Beechler, Maynooth College.
of deep learning Patrick was an authority on theological and liturgical
matters. His Lenten Pastoral of 1941, one of great controversy was
censored by the government. There are two versions of
the Pastoral, one before censorship and one after. In it he
directs his final comments to a
world in crisis. "As
pen these pages, beloved Brethren, we are face to face with a spectacle
probably more appaling than any recorded in the annals of history. Long
ago it was predicted that nation would rise agains nation and Kingdom
age of 79 Patrick died at the Palace, Edmondstown House,
Ballaghadereen. Priests and
people from all parts of the Diocese of Achonry and from around the
world attended the removal of
the remains to St. Nathy's Cathedral. The Archbishop of Tuam, Most Rev.
Dr. Walsh officiated at the house. The funeral procession was headed by
the members of the Diocesan Chapter and a large number of surpliced
clergy of the diocese who chanted the Miserere. Members of the St.
Vincent de Paul and Gardai acted as pall-bearers and marshals, and
gardai, under the direction of Supt. J. Lyons provided a guard of
honour. Members off all the Catholic organizations marched in the
procession. His crypt is located within the sanctuary.
with General Pershing - Bishop Michael J. O'Doherty
with General Pershing was just one of many notable actions of his Grace
Archbishop Michael J. O'Doherty. Julia O'Kelly and Michael O'Doherty
welcomed Michael into this world 30th July 1874 in Charlestown, County
Mayo. Michael's brother Denis J. would later succeed him as rector of
the College of Salamanca. His Grace's early years were spent between
his birthplace and Kiltinagh. His early schooling, he received at St.
Nathy's College, in Ballaghadereen. Finishing his course studies he
proceeded to St. Patrick's College, Maynooth University for his
philosophical and theological studies. He was ordained a priest 30
November 1897. He was then only 24 years old.
brilliant scholor, his first appointment was to a professorship in his
native diocesan college, where he taught for several years. It was
largely through his efforts that St. Nathy's College was raised to a
prominent place among the educational institutions of Ireland. In 2010 St.
Nathy's College celebrated it's Centenial.
22nd June Michael was appointed by the Council of Irish Bishops, Rector
of the Irish College in Salamanca, Spain founded in 1592, where he
directed for seven years.
He was successful in restoring the ancient glory of the college. For
it's support Bishop O'Doherty recovered a number of legacies and
endowments of which it had been deprived since the Napoleonic wars and
subsequent upheavels in Spain. He became a close friend of King Alfonso
of Spain, and was honored by letter with the order of
the Spanish household, a rare distinction.
thirty-seven he had established himself as an educator and
administrator and became a notable figure in the Catholic hierarchy.
When the diocese of Zamboagna was created in 1911, his Holiness, Pope
Pius X appointed him the first bishop. After his concecration Michael
traveled to Rome to meet with the Holy Father. He met also with
Cardinal Merry del Val and Cardinal de Lai. He left Queenstown 22
February 1912 for America. Accompanied by his secretary Rev Stanislaus
Hyghes, PhD. he toured the country from coast to coast visiting
friends. On 6th March he stopped in Baltimore to visit Cardinal Gibbons
whom he wanted to meet since he was a child. On July 26th 1912 he
turned his sights east to a new endeavor in a new world.