Fr. Patrick J. Cunnane
This Mayo native succeeded in his religious career plus established a Church in America.
Patrick J. Cunnane was born on April 1892 in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. He attended the Christian Brothers School in the town followed by studies at All Hallows College Dublin. He was ordained there by dispensation at age twenty – two on January 20th 1915.
Fr. Cunnane was appointed Assistant Curate at the following churches in Brooklyn; St. Michael’s in September 1915, St. Catherine of Alexander in April 1922, St. Theresa’s January 1924. During March 1928 he was transferred back to St. Catherine of Alexander church. He acted as Chaplin to the Mayo Men’s Association and Mayo Ladies P & B. [i]
Foundation of Church
He founded the Parish of Christ the King at Springfield Gardens in March 1933. Fr. Cunnane remained there until 1944 when he was appointed as Pastor to St. Catherine of Genoa, followed by his appointment during 1948 as Pastor at St. Anthony’s at 870 Manhattan Ave during 1948. [ii]
His demise occurred following a long illness on August 27th when he was aged sixty – one years. He was survived by his brother Very Rev. Canon William and sister Mrs. Christine Hynes in Ireland. [iii] His funeral Mass was led by his brother Very Rev. Canon William Cunnane of Kilfenora, Co. Clare with the Eulogy delivered by Very Rev. Peter E. Kelleher of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Astoria. The large attendance included over one hundred priests’ also many religious personal. [iv]
His internment took place to the Holy Cross Church in Brooklyn (Plot St. Catherine Range H, Grave 221, Memorial 158944808) His Obituary was published in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on Friday, August 28th 1953, page 9. [v]
Mayo Men’s Association, New York Journal, Diamond Jubilee Edition 1954 Page 29
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[i] Mayo Men’s Association, New York Journal, Diamond Jubilee Edition 1954.
[ii] https://www.findagrave.com › … › Brooklyn › Holy Cross Cemetery
[iii] https://www.findagrave.com › … › Brooklyn › Holy Cross Cemetery
[iv] Mayo Men’s Association, New York Journal, Diamond Jubilee Edition 1954
[v] https://www.findagrave.com › … › Brooklyn › Holy Cross Cemetery