An Evening of Celebration of St. John Henry Newman

The Irish Institute for Pastoral Studies,

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College


in association with


The parish community of Ballybrown Patrickswell


Present a very special evening to honour the canonisation of

John Henry Newman


Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman



John Henry Newman’s canonisation provides us with an opportunity to mark this occasion in Limerick and in particular Ballybrown, as Newman has very real links with the locality.

Newman was a close friend of William Monsell, (Lord Emly), the  Anglo-Irish landowner who resided at Tervoe, Clarina. Newman visited Limerick twice in his life and on the first occasion he stayed in Tervoe House from 3rd to 9th August 1852. It was there that he completed The Idea of a University, and the altar on which he celebrated Mass is now located in the parish church of Ballybrown.

We have invited Bishop Fintan Monahan and our own local historian, Matthew Potter to present a very special evening:




Venue: Parish Resource Centre and Parish Church Ballybrown.


Date:    Wednesday 23rd October.


Time:  7p.m. “Tracing the Historical Connections” Matthew Potter,

Dr. Matthew Potter is curator of Limerick Museum and is author of ‘William Monsell of Tervoe, 1812–1894: Catholic Unionist, Anglo Irishman’


8p.m. A homily on “A Perfect Peace: Newman, Saint for out Time” by Bishop Fintan Monahan

Bishop Fintan is Bishop of Killaloe and is author of ‘A Perfect Peace: Newman, Saint for Our Time’

Mass, with the Ballybrown choir will be celebrated on the ‘Newman Altar’ by              Bishop Fintan