A centenary commemoration of the story of Kimmage Manor, written by a Tipperary native, sets out to chronicle events as gleaned from Spiritan (Holy Ghost) Provincial Archives, from the memories and memoirs of Spiritans alive and dead, and from various writings over the years.
Kimmage Manor – 100 Years of Service to Mission, written by Fr Paddy Ryan C.S.Sp., was launched last Friday evening in Kimmage in Dublin. Fr Ryan is a native of Clonoulty – Rossmore parish and has ministered in Ireland, Kenya and Tanzania in his near 50 years as a priest.
Fr. Ryan C.S.Sp. aims to tell, as faithfully as possible, how Holy Ghost Missionary College, Kimmage Manor came to be, and how it progressed through the course of the twentieth century to become one of the leading missionary colleges in Ireland. It outlines the slow beginnings, the rapid rise over forty or fifty years and then the more rapid decline to the point where at the time of writing there is only one Irish Spiritan student in formation.
The main focus of the book is on what happened and, to a lesser extent, why. It makes no pretence at being a critical history of Kimmage Manor; it is more a tour guide through one hundred years of how young men were prepared for mission. Neither is it in any way a history of the overseas missions of the Irish Spiritan Province. At a later time it will be possible for a person more removed from the events to do an analysis and a more critical history of the period.
Fr Patrick J. Ryan is from Clonoulty-Rossmore parish in Tipperary. After his ordination in 1964 and a short spell in Kenya, he taught in the Junior Seminary in Moshi, Tanzania for some six years. Involved in setting up his congregation’s East African Foundation, he would serve as its novice master for over a decade, as well as being a member of its Council with responsibility for formation. On returning to Ireland, he was based in Kimmage Manor where, as well as teaching Church history, his roles included bursar and assistant director of the Theologate. He returned to Tanzania in 1986 to help set up the Spiritans’ new House of Philosophy and to act as Rector. Based in Ireland again since 1989, he has ministered in Kimmage and in Kilcullen parishes as well as completing a ten-year period as Parish Priest of Greenhills.