Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Prior at one of the country’s oldest Augustinian friaries

The Parish of Fethard in South Tipperary extended a warm welcome to Fr Martin Crean OSA who succeeds Fr Peter Haughey as Prior at Fethard Augustinian Abbey.

Fr Crean was born in Limerick City on May 12th 1941 and was brought up in the parish of St Mary’s in the city.

He received his secondary education at CBS Sexton Street Limerick City and at the Augustinian Good Council in New Ross.

Fr Crean entered Orlagh, the Augustinian Novitiate in Knocklyon, Dublin in August 1960 and was solemnly professed at Ballyboden on September 16th 1964.

He later studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian, University in Rome and was ordained on March 11th 1967.

The following year Fr Crean travelled to work as a missionary in Nigeria where he remained until July 2001.

He returned to Ireland and was appointed to the Cork community in September 2001 where he served until his transfer to Fethard at the weekend.

Speaking this week Fr Crean claimed that he was, “looking forward to his new post in Fethard.”

The Fethard Augustinian Abbey was founded in 1303.

It was dissolved in the 16th century but the Friars returned in the early 19th century.

The Friary also contains the famous 12th century Holy Trinity Church.

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