Irish Priests
Memorial Project

Recognizing the many Catholic Missionary Priests
who faithfully & honorably served the people
of Kansas from 1863-2022

Missionary Priests by Year of Ordination Prior to the Establishment of the Wichita Diocese

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Colleton, Fr Phillip
Casey, Fr Michael
Hudson, Fr Bernard
O'Reilly, Bishop-Elect James
Browne, Fr Michael
Curtin, Fr Charles

Missionary Priests by Year of Ordination Prior to the Establishment of the Wichita Diocese

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Colleton, Fr PhillipCasey, Fr MichaelHudson, Fr BernardO’Reilly, Bishop-Elect James
Browne, Fr MichaelCurtin, Fr Charles  

Irish Missionary Priests Sponsored by the Diocese of Wichita & Ordained between 1887 and 1949

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Mennis, Fr Michael
McCullough, Msgr Patrick
Nagle, Fr Patrick
O'Brien, Msgr John J.
MacInerney, Fr John
Maloney, Fr Patrick
Reidy, Fr Maurice
Egan, Fr David
Healy, Fr Dennis
Davern, Fr John
Chawke, Fr William
Cronin, Fr James
O'Leary, Fr Patrick
Kenneally, Fr Daniel
Gerrity, Fr Patrick
Reidy, Msgr Daniel
Barry, Fr Michael
Brady, Fr Matthew
Maguire, Fr Francis
Larkin, Msgr Patrick
O'Brien, Fr Thomas
O'Flynn, Fr John
Gunning, Msgr Edward
Cody, Msgr John
O'Donovan, Fr Michael
Cody, Msgr Nicholas
White, Msgr John
Leahy, Msgr Patrick J
Dillon, Fr Vincent
Wylie, Fr Wm Stephen
Finnegan, Fr Peter
Cremin, Fr William
Kelly, Fr James

Irish Missionary Priests Sponsored by Diocese of Wichita & Ordained Between 1950 and 1956, Using the “Hat Selection” Method for their Diocesan Placement

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Cox, Fr Francis
O'Shea, Fr Sean J
Garrahy, Fr Michael
Mullen, Fr John
O'Malley, Fr Michael
Trayers, Fr Kevin
Kenny, Fr Eugene
Kirby, Fr Thomas
McGovern, Fr Andrew
McGread, Msgr Thomas
McManus, Fr Thomas
Mulvihill, Fr Daniel
Murray, Fr Kieran
Murphy, Fr Ultan
Curran, Fr John
O'Keeffe, Msgr Hugh
Tighe, Fr Dermot
O'Hare, Fr Donald
O'Neill, Fr Rory
Gilsenan, Msgr John
O'Shea, Fr James

Irish Missionary Priests Ordained after 1956 Who Either Were Recruited or Transferred to the Diocese of Wichita or Dodge City

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Larkin, Fr Patrick
Trayers, Fr Denis
Sherlock, Fr John
Hennessy, Bishop John

Irish Missionary Priests Ordained after 1956 Who Either Were Recruited or Transferred to the Diocese of Wichita or Dodge City

Larkin, Fr PatrickTrayers, Fr DenisSherlock, Fr John 

 

The History

Irish missionaries began to travel to the New World in the 18th century. They were sent from Irish colleges, such as the one in Salamanca, to serve in the Spanish missions of Florida and Louisiana. By the last two decades of the 18th century, Irish priests began to challenge English and French born priests for control of the nascent American Church.

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About the Project

These were young men, well-educated in scripture and filled with confidence in their faith, anxiously awaiting to release their missionary zeal with parishioners yet unknown, nervous about a long and challenging journey over an expansive body of water, questioning what Kansas would look and feel like to a native Irish son, and yet tearful and remorseful leaving their family, friends and everything they loved behind.

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