Rev. Fr. Enda Connelly
Missionary / Poet
Despite suffering from ill health this priest continued to minister to his parishioners in Ireland also abroad.
Enda Connelly was born on 24th October 1918 near Castlebar, Co. Mayo. With his family he moved to Dublin as a youth.
Following National school education he proceeded to Blackrock College during 1935. He studied philosophy in Kimmage during 1942.
During 1941 Enda Connelly entered the Kilshane Novitiate in Co. Tipperary.
Enda Connelly was ordained during 1947.
His first appointment to Kenya. He served for twenty years at the mission stations of Machakos, Giriama, (now Zanzibar) Taveta, Mariakani, Nairobi also Mombasa. Several of his postings were to remote stations.
Fr. Enda Connelly was forced to return to Ireland with failing health but continued to minister to those in St. Patrick’s Parish in Kilkenny with the same qualities of character from 1968 to 1973.
Fr. Connelly was transferred to the New York area of the U S A.
Rev. Fr. Enda Connelly’s ill health deteriorated; that necessitated heart surgery. His remained in ill health.
The demise occurred of Fr. Enda Connelly in New York on 24th February 1982. He was aged sixty-three years.
Fr. Enda Connelly is remembered for his steadfast patience, devotedness also his zeal for his parishioners.
A booklet of his poetry was published posthumously by his friends in the USA.