Rev. Fr. John Heneghan

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Columban Missionary / Editor / Author

This Mayo priest of the Colomban Fathers was an interesting man as an author plus ministered with empathy to all whom he encountered.

John Heneghan was born in Louisburgh during 1881.  Following National School, he received his second level education at St. Jarlath’s College in Tuam, Co. Galway.  He proceeded to St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth.  John Heneghan was posted as a Curate to Annaghadown in the Tuam Diocese. (Michael Feeney )  [i]

Ministry

He was Ordained in Maynooth during 1909, by the Archbishop of Dublin, William Walsh.  He heard confessions of Tuam Volunteers on their way to Athenry to join the Easter Rising in 1916.  [ii]  Fr. Heneghan was offered a post as Dean in St. Columban’s.  Dalgan Park, in Shrule, Co. Mayo (The present Seminary was purchased during 1927, now is at Navan, Co. Meath.)  He was elected as the Head of Superior Generals Council from 1919 to 1924. (Michael Feeney)  [iii]

Publications

He acted as Editor of the Society’s publication ‘The Far East,’ his prose was described as ‘Beautifully Written.’  These were posthumously published in a book as well.  (Michael Feeney)  [iv]

Fr. Heneghan penned the following books: ‘White Martyrdom’ 1946, St. Columban’s, Milton. Massachusetts, during 1951 he published ‘The Secret Scriptures of the Poor’ Clonmore Reynolds Ltd. Dublin plus by the same publishers he produced ‘Fr. Damien Exemplar of Noble Deeds’ during 1954. [v]

Philippines

Fr. Heneghan was sent to the Missions in the Philippines during 1931 while he was aged forty – nine years.  He ministered to the local people until his untimely demise. (Michael Feeney)  [vi]

Tragedy

Along with five Columban colleagues he was murdered by the Government Forces during the U. S. – Japanese Battle for Manila.  (Michael Feeney )  [vii]

Honour

Fr. John Heneghan was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by the U. S. Government (Highest Civilian Decoration).  The Citation reads: ‘He secretly gave aid & substance, material & spiritual, to the American & Allied internees.’  (Michael Feeney )  [viii]

Tributes

An article entitled ‘Bangor to Bobbio’ written by the Columban Society mentions Fr. Heneghan plus his companions, it also includes photographs. [ix]

A stone Bench of Granite Reference WM0248588 is situated within the Mayo Peace Park at Castlebar in his memory.  A Plaque in remembrance of Fr, Heneghan is in Castlebar Peace Park, (Martin Coyle 28th October 2016).  [x]   

On the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, the annual Mayo Remembrance Mass was held in St. Patrick’s Church Louisburgh.  Fr. Heneghan is mentioned in an article by Edwin Mc Greal, Mayo News 13th November 2018.  [xi]

A Monument was erected in front of the Malate Church in Fr, Heneghan’s & his fellow priests’ memory, his nephew Monsignor John Heneghan attended the ceremony on family’s behalf. [xii]

A history of the Dalgan Columban Seminary may be seen at this link: https://columbans.ie/dalgan/

Bibliography

[i] Remembering Mayo’s Fallen Heroes [assessed 8th October 2019]

[ii] John Heneghan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Heneghan ) [assessed 9th October 2019]

[iii] Remembering Mayo’s Fallen Heroes [assessed 8th October 2019]

[iv] Remembering Mayo’s Fallen Heroes [assessed 8th October 2019]

[v] John Heneghan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Heneghan ) [assessed 9th October 2019]

[vi] Remembering Mayo’s Fallen Heroes [assessed 8th October 2019]

[vii] Remembering Mayo’s Fallen Heroes [assessed 8th October 2019]

[viii] Remembering Mayo’s Fallen Heroes [assessed 8th October 2019]

[ix]  Bangor to Bobbio (https://bangortobobbio.blogspot.com/ ) [assessed 9th October 2019]

[x]  Fr. John Heneghan (https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/248588 ) [assessed 9th October 2019]

[xi] Louisburgh’s Fallen remembered (http://www.mayonews.ie/ ) [assessed 8th October 2019]

[xii] John Heneghan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Heneghan ) [assessed 9th October 2019]

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