Bishop Thomas Hughes D. D.
Bishop Hughes spent years of study in Ireland prior to his work with the African Missions.
Thomas Hughes was a native of Hollymount, Co. Mayo, he was born on February 1st 1891. He began his education at Hollymount National School, Ballinrobe. [i]
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He joined the Royal Irish Constabulary, he was involved in Listowel Munity where he refused orders to kill suspects following their surrender, he later decided to leave the Constabulary. He was described in a later witness statement as ‘a gentle and brilliant six foot athlete’ [ii]
His decision to become a priest with the Society of African Missions meant further studies at Sacred Heart College, Ballinafad, Co. Mayo, St. Nathy’s College, Ballaghadereen Co. Roscommon; he studied philosophy at Kilgolgan, Co Galway. [iii] Plus he studied at St. Patrick’s Seminary Maynooth. [iv] His studies continued for three years at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Blackrock Road, Cork plus completed his theological formation at Dromantine House Co. Down. Thomas Hughes was ordained a priest on June 16th 1927 at St Colman’s Cathedral, Newry, Co Down by Bishop Mulhern. [v]
Fr. Hughes was Consecrated Bishop of Nepte on June 9th 1943. On April 18th 1950 he was appointed Bishop of Ondo Nigeria, West Africa. [vi] Later he joined the staff of St. Gregory’s College in Lagos, Nigeria he also served in the Archdiocese of Kaduna in Northern Nigeria. During 1934 the Prefecture was divided in two with Kaduna under Monsignor Thomas Hughes and Jos under Monsignor William Lumley. Also that year Monsignor Hughes became Vicar Apostolic of Ondo – Llorin. [vii]
Bishop Hughes suffered from heart problems that caused his resignation as Bishop. He died in Cork during 1957 he is interred in St. Joseph’s Wilton Cemetery, Co. Cork. [viii]
Mayo Men’s Association, New York Journal, Diamond Jubilee Edition 1954 Page 139
[i] Mayo Men’s Association, New York Journal, Diamond Jubilee Edition 1954
[iv] Mayo Men’s Association, New York Journal, Diamond Jubilee Edition 1954
[vi] Mayo Men’s Association, New York Journal, Diamond Jubilee Edition 1954