Patrician Year (1961): Irish Hierarchy Announce Celebrations

The Irish hierarchy issued the following statement in 1960 at their October meeting in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth:

The Hierarchy propose to celebrate in 1961 the fifteenth centenary of the death of Saint Patrick, the most commonly accepted date for the death of the Saint being 461 A.D. The opening ceremony is planned for St. Patrick’s Day in the Primatial City of Armagh, so closely associated in Irish tradition with the life and work of our National Apostle. The ceremony will be followed, it is hoped, by other celebrations arranged by direction of the local Ordinaries, in places particularly associated with St. Patrick, such as the holy mount of Croagh Patrick, or noted as centres of especial devotion to the Saint, such as St. Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg.

Eminent dignitaries from abroad, especially from dioceses or institutions under the patronage of St. Patrick, will be invited to participate in the national celebrations. Invitations will be extended also to representatives of continental centres of Patrician devotion, and to representatives of countries evangelised by Irish missionaries.

In association with the celebrations, it is hoped to have a missionary exhibition illustrative of the apostolic zeal of the present-day sons and daughters of St. Patrick. The Irish Catholic Historical Committee, under the aegis of the Hierarchy, has in hand the preparation of an enduring literary monument — a three-volume history of the Church in Ireland, and in areas evangelised from Ireland. This work is being written by a team of acknowledged experts, and it is hoped that at least the first volume will appear in what may appropriately be called the Patrician Year, 1961.

Given at Maynooth on 12th October, 1960.

Signed on behalf of the archbishops and bishops of Ireland.

Chairman —

Archbishop of Armagh,
Primate of All Ireland.

Secretaries —

Bishop of Raphoe.
Bishop of Achonry.


Posted on June 14, 2011, in Archbishop John Charles McQuaid, Bishop Con Lucey, Bishop Michael Browne, Bishops' Pastorals, Cardinal John D'Alton, Irish Catholic Historical Committee, Irish Church-State Relations, Irish History, Missionaries, Patrician Year (1961), Persecution, St. Patrick. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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