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Reverend Patrick O'Donoghue



Father Patrick (Paddy) O’Donoghue of the Spiritan Province of TransCanada died peacefully in the early morning of July 22, 2016. At the time Father Paddy was a resident of Canterbury Court retirement home, Edmonton, Alberta. His parents and siblings predeceased him. He is survived by nieces and nephews.

Father Paddy was born November 29, 1924 in Cork, Ireland. He made his first profession as a Spiritan on October 23, 1944 and was ordained to the priesthood on July 5, 1953. During his more than 60 years as a priest he served in a variety of educational and pastoral ministries in Nigeria, Malawi and Canada.

After ordination, Father Paddy was assigned to Nigeria for 11 years where he served as school principal and later as pastor of two parishes and their missions. Assigned to Canada in 1965, Father Paddy was missioned to western Canada where he worked in Edmonton and Vulcan, Alberta. From there he spent five years in Malawi as part of the Calgary Diocese Mission project, serving the Njale parish.

Returning to Alberta in 1978, Father Paddy served faithfully in a number of parishes including Beiseker, Calgary and Rockyford. Father Paddy retired to a Spiritan residence in Edmonton in 1995 and later to Canterbury Court retirement home, and lived out his last years in prayer, community life and in his new found love of the computer and his internet research, reading daily papers from around the world and always keeping up with the news from Ireland.

Father Paddy was known for his faithfulness to his prayer life and to ministry in the Church. He will be remembered for his thoughtfulness and his readiness to help anyone in need. Father Paddy will be missed by his Spiritan confreres, family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 between 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011 – 114 Street, Edmonton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 11:00 AM at St. John the Evangelist Parish, 9830 – 148 Street, Edmonton. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 14611 Mark Messier Trail NW, Edmonton.

In Loving Memory of
Reverend Patrick O'Donoghue
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Downtown Chapel
10011 - 114 Street
Edmonton, AB
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Funeral Service:
Mass of Christian Burial
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
11:00 AM
St. John the Evangelist
9830 - 148 Street
Edmonton, AB
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Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum
14611 Mark Messier Trail
Edmonton, AB
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