Tuesday, 25 August 2015

FATHER PATRICK RELIHAN - THE STORY?

FATHER PATRICK RELIHAN - THE STORY?

Patrick Relihan celebrating RTE Mass




FATHER PATRICK RELIHAN the vocations director for the Diocese of Cloyne, Cork, and the curate of Youghal Parish seems to have disappeared from the clergy scene and is now registered on the Cloyne Diocesan WebSite as c/o Bishop's House, Cobh.





Strangely he also appears on another Cork website - in suit and tie - as the "Chief Executive Officer " of a Cork charity called The Matt Talbot Adolescent Services.


Relihan was a very close friend to Bishop John Magee who retired as Bishop of Cloyne in circumstances that can only be described as "overclouded". 

Bishop John Magee
Apparently Patrick Relihan has been the CEO of that charity since January of 2015.

Patrick Relihan was in The Irish College in Rome with Terry Brady, a former member of The Oratory Society.

Terry Brady


I did have occasion to have some correspondence about Father Relihan with Archbishop Dermot Clifford who was in charge of Cloyne from the time that Bishop Magee resigned and the current bishop Willy Crean was appointed. 

Dermot Clifford


You will recall from yesterday's Blog that Willy Crean is the one who has forbidden the silenced priest, Father Tony Flannery from speaking in one of the parishes in Cloyne - Killeagh. 

It is interesting that Father Relihan is described on the diocesan website as being on "sabbatical" and is spending that time running a Cork charity. 

I thought that I had read that Willy Crean had sent Father Relihan for what was called at the time: "further studies".

Every organisation and institution has its own particular euphemisms and over the years it seems to have become apparent that "sabbatical" and "further studies" have been Roman Catholic euphemisms. 

As a friend of mine from Mayo used to say: "If you see a pig with two heads say nothing".




11 comments:

  1. Speaking of sabbaticals,further studies, times for reflection, special assignments,leave of absence or even extended sick leave has anyone any news of Fr Ciaran Dallat - Dalriada Dick

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    1. No news yet. All in the hands of a certain Noel Treanor.

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    2. Father Dallat is a regular visitor to the Glengormley area.

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  2. Where are our diocesan clerical changes ? PP D&C

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    1. Rumour has it that Dean Kennedy Cn Lds is to be the new pp of Coleraine?

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  3. If that rumour is correct and Dean Kennedy is moved to Coleraine it will fill him with much delight. I know he likes nothing more than having a stroll with a companion taking the bracing air along the seafront at Portstewart. That's just a short distance away. I know there is also a rich singing and cultural tradition in that area among the " blue rinse" brigade. The Dean will fit in well.

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  4. I hope that rumour about coleraine is true . The thing that's in St Malachys at the moment is as much use as tits on a boar !

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    1. Haha. If you think the thing at the moment is useless, wait till you meet the Dean!

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  5. Now now that's a tad unfair. I have visions that within a short space of time we will have a new choir serving St Malachys, The Scola Cantorum Bannistra. A boon to the cultural life of the North West !!

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  6. Well, the Schola will have to up sticks and locate to Coleraine. There is no way the Dean will agree to be separated from his boy(s). They will all have to be prised from his cold and dead hans. I just hope Coleraine has an organ equal to the demands.

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  7. Anonymous 01.37 . I'm afraid the st malachy organ has seen better days it's a bit clapped out . Sadly the current priest and his predecessor didn't give it much attention . Ive herd that the flute is there instrument of choice

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