On Monday 3rd April, the Seminary was delighted to host a visit by Mr Daniel J. O'Connell (National President, Ancient Order of Hibernians in America) and Mr John J. Manning (New York State President, Ancient Order of Hibernians in America) during which Mr O'Connell made a presentation of a donation towards the formation of seminarians for the diocesan priesthood in Ireland. During their visit, Mr O'Connell and Mr Manning enjoyed a tour of the College Chapel with Fr John-Paul Sheridan and a visit to the Russell Library with Dr Alexandra Caccamo (Assistant Librarian with responsibility for Special Collections and Archives. They met with the President of St Patrick's College, Rev. Professor Michael Mullaney and with Fr Tomás Surlis and members of the Community of Formators in the National Seminary. They also met with three of our seminarians: Anthony Hartnett (Raphoe), Jordan MacGabhann (Kilmore) and Seán Murphy (Kerry) who spoke on behalf of the Seminary Community to express the gratitude of the seminarians for the support of the AOH they continue their preparation for priestly service in Ireland today.
Daniel J. O'Connell (National President) presenting a donation to Fr Tomás Surlis (Rector of St Patrick's National Seminary) and Fr Michael Mullaney (President of St Patrick's College, Maynooth).
Daniel J. O'Connell (centre) with (front row LtoR) Fr Shane O'Neill (Director of Formation - Stage of Discipleship), Fr Michael Mullaney (President, SPCM), Fr Tomás Surlis (Rector, SPNS), Fr Séan Corkery (Director of Formation - Stage of Configuration); (back row LtoR) Seán Murphy (Seminarian for the Diocese of Kerry); Anthony Hartnett (Seminarian for the Diocese of Raphoe); Jordan MacGabhann (Seminarian for the Diocese of Kilmore).
Fr Michael Mullaney and Fr Tomás Surlis presenting some gifts to Daniel J. O'Connell (National President, AOH) and John J. Manning (New York State President, AOH) in honour of their visit.