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The Killucan Community

 

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Welcome to our Community

 

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In September 2014 Brother John and Fr Nik celebrated Twenty-Five years of religious profession. We pray they may have many more years in the vinyard of the Lord

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Michelle Davis LCF

On 5th May 2014 we were delighted to welcome Michelle Davis, President of the Lay Camillian Family in New South Wales, Australia, to our community

Michelle has been participating in the International Meeting of the Lay Camillian Family in Mottinello, Italy.

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Bro. Augustine, Michelle, Frs Martin, Suneesh & Frank in front of the Nursing Centre Chapel

 We wish Michelle and the LCF in Australia every blessing for their work with the sick

 

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Brother Augustine celebrated 60 years of Religious Profession

on 29th September 2013

The Community and Nursing Centre

wish him very many congratulations and Ad Multos Annos!!

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Bro. Augustine with Fr. Frank, Mary, Luca & Paul

 

 

Among our visitors we have been delighted to welcome Fr Hubert nd Fr Baby Illickal, Provincial of the Indian Vice-Province

 

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Fr. Hubert

 

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Fr. Baby Illickal


 

Bishop Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath, is also a welcome regular visitor to Killucan.

Bishop Smith drops in to meet the residents, staff and community

 

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Another visitor was Fr Suresh Chinta Gunta

Fr Suresh is a member of the Blackrock community and a chaplain at Baeumont Hospital, Dublin. He is from Hyderabad, in the southern Indian state of Andrah Pradesh and is a member of the Indian Vice Province, one of ten Indian Camillians living and working with us here in Ireland and in Uganda.

 

 

 

On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception 1591 Camillus de Lellis professed his vows and the Order was born. Every year members of the Order recommit themselves to serving the Lord in the sick. Members of the Lay Camillian Family also renew their commitment to serve the sick on this day.

Here is a photograph of some of the Camillians who came together in Killucan in 2012 to renew their dedication to the Lord. Also in the picture is Fr. William Coleman, Parish Priest of the neighbouring parish of Rochfortbridge, who joined us together with our own parish priest Fr Richard Matthews, for the celebration. We were delighted that Fr Raoul wore his rather colourful local dress from Benin.

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Frs. Tomy, Suneesh, William Coleman (P.P. Rochfortbridge), Raoul, Suresh and Bro. Augustine

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Here are some images of the Members of our Community, Residence, Chapel and Grotto

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Our community is made up of eight Camillian Religious. All our religious are activly engaged in a variety of Pastoral Ministries, both here in our Nursing Centre and Community as well as in the wider community as well as in hospital chaplaincy in Dublin.

 

monks_500_a50Fr. Frank Monks is the Superior of the Community and is responsible for the Pastoral Care of the Nursing Centre residents and staff. He has served as Provincial Superior of the Anglo-Irish Province and has also served at international level as Superior General of the Order in Rome. He has gained wide experience of Pastoral Care of the Sick and dying as a hospital chaplain in several Dublin hospitals, including the Mater Hospital and St. Vincent's Elm Park. Fr. Frank has been instrumental in promoting the role and involvement of the Laity in the Order worldwide. At the international ecclesiastical level, Fr Frank has served on the Vatican Pontifical Commission for Health Care. Fr. Frank is a member of the Provincial Council.

 

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Fr. Nik Houlihan is from Bridgwater, Somerset, in the West of England. Fr. Nik's ministry has taken him from England to Australia and now to Ireland. He undertakes many Pastoral duties including the Chaplaincy of St. Mary's in Delvin, a facility for people, bothyoung and old, with learning disabilities run by the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary and at Parke Nursing Home in Kilcock, Co. Kildare. Fr Nik also assists in the organisation of the Nursing Centre here in Killucan and provides both pastoral care to our residents as well as an allied service in the day to day running of the Centre.


 

 2014-05-12 09.54.18Bro. Augustine McCormack is from Longford. He has been a member of the Order for over sixty years. He trained as a nurse at the Whittington Hospital, London in the early 1950s. He nursed at our former Nursing Centre in Hexham, Northumberland, England as well as here in Ireland. Today he continues his ministry of promotional work for the Order. Added to this, he is also responsible for much of the Liturgical preparation in the Nursing Centre and Community Residence.

 

 Martin 2013Fr. Martin Geraghty is from Athlone, Co. Westmeath. He is currently senior chaplain at Blanchardstown Hospital, Dublin and also has pastoral duties within the community at Killucan. Fr. Martin has worked in many hospitals since his ordination both in Ireland and in Perth, Western Australia. Fr. Martin is unique in the Province in that while living in Australia he held a private pilot's licence! Fr Martin is a fluent Irish speaker and often celebrates Mass as Gaeilge in local parishes.

 

p1010145Bro. John O'Brien comes from the sea-side town of Penarth in South Wales. Returning from Hexham in the North East of England to Killucan in August 1996. Brother John initially held the post of Staff Nurse, followed by Assistant Director of Nursing at our Nursing Centre. Since 2001 he has ministered to the sick as the Director of Nursing and with the introduction of the Health Act in 2007 he has been the legal "Person-In-Charge". He trained and qualified as a nurse at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and worked in the General Intensive Care Unit at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary. At this time he also gained an Honours Degree in Science from South-Bank University, London. Brother John is a member of the Provincial Council.

 

Baby JosephFr Baby Joseph Naikarakudy, a member of the Indian Vice-Province of the Order and a native of Kerela, joined our community at Easter this year. Fr Joseph was professed in 1990 and then ordained a priest in 1994. Following ordination he undertook further studies both in India and Rome, where he gained a doctorate in 2005. His ministries in India have included periods of acting as superior and procurator in our communities there.  Fr Joseph is one of ten Camillians from India who are now either working or studying with us, seven here in Ireland and three in Uganda. Currently, Fr. Joseph is working in the Cathedral parish in Mullingar. This ministry affords him the possibilty to be involved pastorally with the patients and staff of the Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar.

 

Fr Andrew Carroll is a native of County Kilkenny. He trained as a nurse in London and worked in Austrailia, England and here in Killucan. He later studied at the Pontifical Beda College, Rome, for the Priesthood. Among his ministries today is his pastoral care of our residents as well as those of a nursing home in Kinnegad where he is also a member of the Residents Council.

 

SuneeshFr Suneesh Memana, at thiry three years of age, is the youngest member of the community. He has joined us from Kerala, a province of over 33,000,000 people, in the south west of India on the Gulf of Arabia. Fr Suneesh is both a priest and a nurse. He ministers to our residents in the Nursing Centre, caring for both their pastoral and clinical needs. Studying for a degree in general nursing at Bangalore he qualified in 2006. He was later ordained to the priesthood in 2007. Before coming to join us in Killucan, Fr Suneesh was nursing in Mangalore at Snehasadhan Care and Support Centre for people living with HIV/AIDS.

 

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