Necrology

James Mary Keane OSM

James was born on the 5th August 1901 to Joseph and Catherine Keane (nee Halloran) in Chicago, Illinois U.S.A. He entered the Servite Province of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Chicago on the 15th August 1920. He was Simple Professed on the 8th September 1921 and received Solemn Profession on the 10th September 1924. James was ordained a priest on the 8th August 1926. He founded the Servite Priory in Benburb in 1947. He died in Ladysmith, Wisconsin on the 19th September 1975 and is buried in the Servite Graveyard, Benburb, Co. Tyrone.

Augustine (Patrick) M. Daly OSM

Augustine was born on the 8th September 1921 in Moate, Co. Westmeath to Joseph and Catherine Daly (nee McHale). He entered the Servite order at Benburb on the 18th September 1949, received Simple Profession on the 1st October 1950 and received Solemn Profession on the 11th October 1954. Augustine was ordained a priest on the 15th September 1956. Augustine died on the 1st January 1962 in Gelsenkirchen-Baer, Germany and is buried in the Servite Graveyard in Germany.

Conleth M. Doherty OSM

Conleth was born on the 2nd January 1927 in Derry, Co. Derry. He entered the Servite Order at Benburb in 16th September 1951, received Simple Profession on the 21st September 1952 and received Solemn Profession on the 16th September 1955. Conleth was ordained a priest on the 22nd June 1958. Conleth died in Dublin on the 12th January 1963 and is buried in the Servite Graveyard, Benburb, Co. Tyrone.

Manettus (Joseph) M. Brady OSM

Manettus was born on the 21st March 1916 to Terence and Helen Brady (nee Melanaphy) in Belfast, Antrim. He entered the Servite Order at Benburb on the 28th April 1957 received his Simple Profession on the 1st May 1958, and received Solemn Profession on the 7th May 1961. Manettus died in Benburb, on the 1st June 1985 and is buried in the Servite Graveyard, Benburb, Co. Tyrone.

Ralph M. O'Brien OSM

Ralph was born on the 9th May 1935 to Thomas and Catherine O’Brien (nee McNamara) in Limerick, Ireland. He entered the Servite Order in Chicago on the 19th September 1954, received his Simple Profession on the 25th September 1955 and received his Solemn Profession on the 5th October 1958. Ralph was ordained a priest on the 2nd July 1961. Ralph died in Chicago on 11th October 1987 and is buried in the Servite Graveyard, Chicago, U.S.A.

Denis M. McSwiney OSM

Denis was born on the 14th January 1952 to Joseph and Shiela McSwiney (nee O’Shea) in Cork. He re-entered the Servite Order on the 15th September 1973 in Rome, Italy, received Simple Promise on the 31st August 1974 and received Solemn Profession on the 25th November 1978. Denis was ordained a priest on 9th June 1979. Denis died in Cork on the 4th November 1987 and is buried in the family plot in Cork, Ireland.

Joseph (Sean) M. Madden OSM

Joseph was born on the 27th October 1929 in Belfast to Patrick and Margaret Madden (nee Connor). He entered the Servite Order at Benburb on the 18th September 1949, received Simple Profession on the 2nd October 1950 and received Solemn Profession on the 4th October 1953. Joseph was ordained a priest on the 8th July 1956. Joseph died in Dublin, Ireland on the 25th March 1993 and is buried in the family plot in Milltown Cemetery, Belfast.

Joseph M. Byrne OSM

Joseph was born on the 12 May 1921 to Joseph and Margaret Byrne (nee Doonan) in Bray Co. Wicklow, Ireland. He entered the Servite Order at Benburb on the 8th December 1950, received Simple Profession on the 2nd February 1952 and received Solemn Profession on the 12th February 1955. Joseph was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate on the 10th June 1978. Joseph died in Chicago on the 27th April 1995 and is buried in the Servite Graveyard in Chicago, U.S.A.

Malachy (John) M. Skelton OSM

Malachy was born on the 20th June 1934 in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone to John and Catherine Skelton (nee Mallon). He entered the Servite Order at Benburb on the 21st September 1952, received Simple Profession on the 27th September 1953 and received Solemn Profession on the 30 September 1956. Malachy was ordained a priest on the 17th May 1959. Malachy was killed in Mtubatuba, Zululand on the 24th October 1997 and is buried in the Servite Graveyard, Zululand, South Africa.

Kevin M. O'Byrne OSM

Kevin was born on the 12th May 1921 in Dublin to Joseph and Margaret O’Byrne (nee Doran). He entered the Servite Order in Benburb on the 17th September 1950, received Simple Profession on the 2nd February 1952 and received Solemn Profession on the 12th February 1955. Kevin died in Chicago on the 1998 and is buried in the Servite Graveyard, Chicago U.S.A.

Vincent M. McGlue OSM

Vincent was born on the 21st August 1925 in Ballymagenthy, Co. Down to Patrick and Florence McGlue (nee Middleton). He entered the Servite Order at Benburb on the 8th December 1954, received Simple Profession on the 11 December 155 and received Solemn Profession on the 10th May 1959. Vincent died in Dublin on the 25th April 1998 and is buried in the Servite Graveyard, Benburb, Co. Tyrone.

Frank (Francis) M. Mallon OSM

Frank was born on the 10th May 1932 in Clonfeacle, Co. Tyrone to Patrick and Mary Mallon (nee Molloy). He entered the Servite Order at Benburb on the 15th September 1963, received Simple Profession on the 20th September 1964 and received Solemn Profession on the 23rd December 1967. Frank died in Dublin on the 13th February 1999 and is buried in the Servite Graveyard, Benburb, Co. Tyrone.

Gabriel (Charles) M. Bracken OSM

Gabriel was born on the 14th October 1926 in Lugatane, Drumsna, Co. Roscommon to Patrick and Elizabeth Bracken (nee McDermott). He entered the Servite order at Benburb on the 25th March 950, received Simple Profession on the 13th May 1951 and received Solemn Profession on the 13th May 1954. Gabriel died in Benburb on the 19th April 2002 and is buried in the Servite Graveyard, Benburb, Co. Tyrone.

Thomas M. Carroll OSM

Thomas was born on the 31st October 1924 in Thurles, Co. Tipperary to William and Nora Carroll (nee Russel). He entered the Servite Order at Benburb on the 18th September 1949, received Simple Profession on the 2nd October 1950 and received Solemn Profession on the 2nd April 1953. Thomas was ordained a priest on the 28th June 1953. He died in Ubombo, Zululand on the 25th March 2003 and is buried in the Servite Graveyard, Zululand, South Africa.

Alphonse (Joseph) M. Mooney OSM

Alphonse was born on the 2nd August 1933 in Belfast, County Antrim to Michael and Margaret Mooney (nee Carr). He entered the Servite Order at Benburb on the 16th September 1951, received Simple Profession on the 21 September 1952 and received Solemn Profession on the 25th September 1955. Alphonse was ordained a priest on the 22nd June 1958. Alphonse died in KwaNgwanase, Zululand on the 25th April 2003 and is buried in the Servite Graveyard, Zululand, South Africa.

Seamus M. Heffernan OSM

Seamus was born on the 23 June 1931 in Glasson Co. Westmeath to Edward and Mary Heffernan (nee Slevin). He entered the Servite Order at Benburb on the 26th February 1961, received Simple Profession on the 17th March 962 and received Solemn Profession on the 17th March 1965. Seamus died in Derry on the 2nd October 2004 and is buried in the Servite Graveyard, Benburb, Co. Tyrone.

Michael M. O'Shea OSM

Michael was born on the 27th August 190 in Currahen, Co. Kerry to Michael and Helen O’Shea (nee Crean). He entered the Servite Order at Benburb on the 18th September 1949, received Simple Profession on the 2nd October 1950 and received Solemn Profession on the 4th October 1953. Michael was ordained a priest on the 8th July 1956 and consecrated Bishop on the 6th of April 1991 for Zululand. Michael died in Empangeni, Zululand, on the 30th May 2006 and is buried in the Servite Graveyard, Zululand, South Africa.

Jude (Daniel) M. Herlihy OSM

Jude was born on the 28th December 1930 in Clarecastle, Co. Clare to Daniel and Frances Herlihy (nee McMahon). He entered the Servite Order at Benburb on the 18th September 1949, received Simple Profession on the 2nd October 1950 and received Solemn Profession on the 19th September 1954. Jude was ordained a priest on the 8th July 1956. Jude died on the 2007 in Aneheim, California and is buried in the Servite Graveyard, Aneheim. California, U.S.A.

Frank M. Christie OSM

Frank (Francis) was born on the 12th September 1927 in Dublin, Ireland to James and Christina Christie (nee Plunkett). He entered the Servite Order at Benburb in September 1948 and entered the Novitiate on the 18th September 1949. He received Simple Profession on the 2nd October 1950 and Solemn Profession on the 11th October 1953. He was ordained Priest on the 8th of July 1956. Frank died on the 23rd November 2010 in Melbourne, Australia and is buried in the Servite Plot, Padbury, Melbourne, Australia.

Paul M. Cullen OSM

Paul (John) was born on the 9th August 1939 in Stewartstown, Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland to Patrick and Isabel Cullen (Nee Hampsey). He entered the Servite Order at Benburb on the 15th September 1957 and received Simple Profession on the 21st September 1958. He received Solemn Profession on the 14th April 1963 and was ordained a priest on the 13th February 1965. Paul died on the 10th February 2012 in Chicago, Illinois and is buried in the Servite Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Thomas M. Heskin OSM

Thomas was born on the 11th December 1929 in Claremorris, Co. Mayo Ireland to John and Mary Heskin (nee Farragher) He entered the Novitiate of the Servite Order at Benburb on the 7th October 1948, received Simple Vows on the 11th October 1949. Thomas received Solemn Profession on the 19th October 1952 and was ordained a priest on the 15th June 1955. Thomas died on Sunday 9th June 2013 in Chicago, Illinois and is buried in the Servite Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Peter M. Rookey OSM

Peter was born on the 12th October 1916 in Superior, Wisconsin, U.S.A. to Anthony Rookey and Johanna McGarry. He entered the Servite Order in Chicago on 9th September 1934 and received Simple Profession on the 15th September 1935. Peter received Solemn Profession on the 24th September 1938 and was ordained a priest on the 17th May 1941. Peter served in the Servite Priory, Benburb from 1949 to 1952. Peter was a member of the United States of America Province of the Servite Order. Peter died on the 9\10 September 2014 and is buried in the Servite Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois, U.S.A.

Anthony M. O'Connell OSM

Anthony (Tony) was born on the 31st December 1941 in Cork City, Ireland to Anthony O’Connell and Joan O’Keefe. He entered the Servite Order at Benburb on the 20th September 1959 and received Simple Profession on the 25th September 1960. Tony received Solemn Profession on the 20th September 1964 and was ordained a priest on the 2nd July 1967. Tony was a member of the United States of America Province of the Servite Order and died on Sunday 7th December 2014 and is buried in Chicago, Illinois. Tony is buried in the Servite Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois, U.S.A.

Bonfilius (Peter) M. McGovern OSM

Bonfilius (Peter) was born on the 22nd December 1932 in Newry, Co. Down, N. Ireland to Peter and Mary McGovern (nee McAteer). He entered the Servite Order in Benburb on the 12th February 1953 and received Simple Profession on the 14th February 1954. Bonfilius received Solemn Profession on the 1st. May 1958. He was a member of the United States of America Province of the Servite Order. Bonfilius died on the 7th December 2014 and is buried in the Servite Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois, USA.

Patrick (Paddy) M. Boyle OSM

Patrick (Paddy) was born on the 7th March 1930 in Letterkenny Co. Donegal, Ireland to Denis and Catherine Boyle (Nee Doohan). He entered the Servite Order at Benburb on the 18th September 1949 and received Simple Profession on the 2nd October 1950. He received Solemn Profession on the 4th October 1953 and was ordained a priest on the 8th July 1956. Paddy was a member of the United States of America Province, Australian Delegation of the Servite Order. Paddy died on the 2nd August 2015 and is buried in the Servite Plot, Padbury, Melbourne, Australia.

Eoin (Richard) M. O'Malley OSM

Eoin (Richard) was born on the 27th April 1935 in Killarney, Co. Kerry to Patrick and Ellen O’Malley (nee Dillane). He entered the Province of Our Lady of Sorrows, USA at Benburb on the 20th September 1953; doing his Novitiate that year and taking Simple Profession on the 26th September 1954. He received Solemn Profession on the 29th September 1957 and was ordained a Priest by Bishop Conway at Benburb on the 26th June 1960. Eoin died on the 13th December 2016 in the 81st year of his life and the 59th year of his Religious Profession. Eoin is buried in the Servite Graveyard, Benburb, Co. Tyrone.

Third Order Servites members buried at Benburb

  • Donald M. Knapp TOSM -

    Donald was born in California in 1921 and entered the Third Order of the Servants of Mary whilst studying in Chicago where he met Fr. James Keane OSM. Donald died of Cancer in 1950 and his wish was to be buried in Benburb. Donald is buried next to Fr. James Keane in the Servite Graveyard, Benburb, Co. Tyrone.

  • Sean M. McDonnell TOSM -

    Sean was born in Belfast in 1930 and entered the Third Order of the Servants of Mary in the 1950’s. Sean died in Dublin in 1994 and is buried in the Servite Graveyard, Benburb, Co. Tyrone.

Marian prayer of welcome for a deceased Brother

May the Blessed Virgin Mary,
whose Servant(s) you have been,
welcome you as she welcomed
the Beloved Word of God.

May She take you under her protection
on your journey to God,
as She watched over you
during your time on earth.

May She lead you with all the beloved Servants
into the presence of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
the one only Mediator of us all,
in whose Resurrection from the dead
is our Hope and Salvation.

So may the Communion of Saints
be made more rich and full,
that you may be welcome
into the glory of God the Most High.