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Association of Papal Orders in Ireland

Volume 1 - Edition 2 - October 2018

Patron: Seán Cardinal Brady Daily Prayer Lord Jesus, make me a loving and courageous member of the Pontifical Order of Blessed Pius/ Saint Gregory / Saint Sylvester. May I ever be an inspiring example to others to be faithful to you, your teaching and the teaching of your Church. May I look on those teachings as your very own and, when necessary, have the courage to defend them against attacks from any source. After a life of faithful service on earth, may you welcome me to your Heavenly home and the happiness of eternal life. Amen. (This is also on our website, and a credit card size hardcopy is available from the Secretary.) New Mass Cards We have developed an Association Mass card which is now available for purchase at a cost of €12.75 per pack of ten. It will be up to the user to arrange to have the Mass offered by a local priest.

Diary 2018-19 October 19th Mass for Deceased Members followed by Annual Dinner (McKee Barracks, Garrisson Chapel and Officers’ Mess) December 31st Feast of St. Sylvester January 1st Annual Mass for World Peace

From the President: Dear Dames and Knights, A series of significant events have taken place since we met in Maynooth on 25th April last, to celebrate our Annual Mass, which was preceded by a period of reflective prayer led by our chaplain Monsignor Thynne and then followed by our Annual General Meeting. At that meeting we considered the draft of the proposed statement opposing repeal of the Eighth Amendment in our national Constitution which, if passed by the people, would withdraw any constitutional protection for the unborn child in the womb. It was agreed appropriate that our Association should issue a public statement on the matter. This was done. Sadly, the people voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment. This result, together with other recent trends in our society, challenge us greatly as Christians, collectively and individually, to promote both a culture of life and the culture of protecting the family, and their sacredness, in our society. The joy and blessing surrounding the World Meeting of Families in Dublin from 21st August to 26th August last acted as a spiritual ‘shot in the arm’ for all of us. The gift of the presence of his Holiness Pope Francis as our Chief Shepherd of Christ’s Church at both Knock and Dublin will remain long in our memory together with the message he proclaimed. Hopefully, the graces which will flow from this gifted visit will bring some lasting benefit particularly to the Church in Ireland. Let us continue to pray for this. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible, with your guests, at our Mass and Dinner on Friday, 19th October. His Excellency Archbishop Okolo, the Apostolic Nuncio and Bishop Dermot Farrell, recently consecrated Bishop of Ossory, will be our special guests. John B Morgan, KSG

(Venue and time to be confirmed)

February 24th (Sunday) Mass for Persecuted Christians (Mullhuddart, at 12 noon) April AGM to include Period of Reflection, Mass and Lunch (Details to be confirmed)

The logo of the Association (top-left) is designed by Thomas Ryan RHA. The crests of the various Papal Orders are displayed on the top-right.

Meeting with Bishop of Ferns

Meeting with Bishop Denis Brennan: John Jackman, President John Morgan and Gerry Walsh.

AGM 2018

Group Photo taken after Annual Mass in Maynooth with our Chaplain, Rt Revd Msgr Eoin Thynne

Memories Michael Devlin KSG financed the building of the Church of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom on the campus of UCD. It was blessed by Archbishop McQuaid on 16 February, 1969. Michael was from Monaghan.

Jimmy Sheehan Conferral

Meeting with Bishop of Waterford & Lismore

March 23rd, 2018

Gerry Walsh, Bishop Cullinan, John Morgan and Peter Durnin

Chev Jimmy Sheehan at dinner after his investiture

Papal visit

Syria and the World Meeting of Families

Peter Durnin meets His Holiness Pope Francis on the 26th August 2018

Barry McMahon, KSG Investiture 2018

During the World Meeting of Families members of the Association provided transport for various visiting dignatories. For Cardinal Zenari, with members example, John of the Courtney family and John Morgan drove Morgan outside the graveyard Mario Cardinal where Archbishop Michael’s mortal Zenari, Papal remains rest Nuncio to Syria, to the grave, at Drumineer, Co.Tipperary, of his friend, Papal Nuncio to Burundi, Archbishop Michael Courtney (5 February 1945 – 29 December 2003). From Nenagh, Archbishop Michael entered the Holy See's diplomatic service in 1980. In December 2003, as he returned to Bujumbura from pastoral duties, gunmen fired at his car as he passed Minago, a town about 30 miles south of the capital. Archbishop Courtney suffered gunshot wounds to the head, shoulder and leg and died from hemorrhaging during surgery. Archbishop Courtney had been instrumental in the previous month's signing of a peace agreement between the Burundian government and the main opposition Hutu group. Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin in Sligo Cathedral after an investiture of a Papal Knight. Left to Right back Frank Murphy KSS and Patrick Byrne KSS. Front Barney Burns KSG, Barry McMahon KSG (the Knight just invested), Niall Kennedy KCSG and Seamus McDonald KSG. Compliments of Chev Murphy.

Change of contact details: Do we need to alter your address, insert an eircode, change your mobile number or email email address. If so please contact our Secretary, Peter Durnin, at or at Rosaire, Moneymore, Drogheda, Co Louth A92 RF6F.

Placing and Mounting of Medals: Murty Quinn a retired member of the Artillery and Military Police Corps, 087-9394680 27 Oaklawns, Mullingar, Co Westmeath email provides this service. You must provide the decoration(s) and appropriate ribbon, as well as indicating in writing the order of precedence of the decorations. Price c€35 for three full medals, or €25 for 3 miniatures.

Insignia: Rosettes for one’s lapel, miniature medals and Order cuff links may be purchased from Gianluca e Roberta Guccione, Via dell’Orso 17-18, 00186 Roma email: (note the new email) tel: 00390 6 68307839.

In Memoriam

Eamon O’Dwyer

New Conferrals 2018 Anne McDonagh, DCSG

Feast Days associated with recipients of Papal Orders Blessed Pius IX: Feb 7 St Gregory the Great: Sept 3 St Sylvester: Dec 31

Council of the Association 2017-2019 John B Morgan KSG President James McDonald KC*SG Chancellor Peter Durnin KC*SG Secretary Gerard Walsh KSG Treasurer Thomas Lynch KSG Member Msgr Eoin Thynne Chaplain The Association may be contacted through its Secretary, Peter F Durnin, “Rosaire”, Moneymore, Drogheda, Co Louth. A92 RF6F email: Kindly designed by: Eric Dumas (

Knight Commander of St. Gregory (21/3/2005) 1924-20 December 2017. Eamon was one of the leading gynaecologists in Ireland. He was professor of gynaecology and obstetrics at N.U.I. Galway for 35 years. He received his training in Dublin, London, Liverpool and Manchester returning as Assistant Master of the National Maternity Hospital before taking up is appointment in Galway. He enjoyed an extensive international reputation serving on many EU and other international bodies as well as an advisor to the Holy See on gynaecological matters. In addition to his charitable activities, particularly in Africa, he was tireless in his defence of the rights of the unborn.

Peter D Sutherland

Knight Commander, with Star, of St. Gregory (10/3/2008) 1943-7 January 2018. Peter had a glittering career of global reach. A distinguished barrister, he served as attorney general of Ireland 1981-1984 after which he became EU Commissioner responsible for Competition Policy 1985-1989. This led to his appointment as director general of GATT and, subsequently, the World Trade Organisation on its creation (1993-1995). He acted as chairperson of the boards of a number of world-wide corporate organisations. He was a consultor for the administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See.

John G Cooney

Knight of St. Gregory (21/5/1984) 28 May 1926 – 8 January 2018. When a young doctor in general practice in Blanchester Dublin he developed an interest in those suffering intellectual disabilities. This grew into his lifetime of work and study in this area. He became national director of the extensive service founded by the daughters of charity. He pioneered innovative and farsighted new methodology into treatment programs for his patients, recognising in practice the dignity of each patient coming within his supervision.

John Blayney

Knight of St Gregory (10/3/2008) 15 March 1925 – 17 June 2018. John had a very distinguished legal career. In addition to success at the bar he also lectured in land law at University College Dublin. Appointed to the High Court in 1986 he was elevated to the Supreme Court in 1992. He was also a talented athlete gaining an international rugby cap for Ireland (1950) as well as being an accomplished tennis player. In his retirement he chaired for a number of years an Advisory Committee set up by the Irish bishops for the victims of clerical abuse. Msgr Thynne has celebrated Mass for the repose of their souls.

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