Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Rev Father Peter Kavanagh

First member of the Virginia Catholic Parish to become a Priest.

Son of Peter John Kavanagh and Mary O’Flaherty. Peter was a Boer war veteran. On his return he became Manager at Buckland Park Estate, where he worked for 36 years until he retired in 1946.

Monica Kathleen born on 5 September 1914 at Kensington Park and Peter John named after his father born on 29 March 1917 in North Adelaide. Monica was engaged to Edmund A Sheedy of Virginia in 1939, but married Kenneth Neylon in 1941.

He was a boarder at Rostrevor from 1931 -1935. Later teaching at Balaklava High School. Peter was ordained at St Columban’s Nebraska, USA on December 21, 1944. He was a student at St Columban’s Mission Society, Essendon Victoria for over three years before going to America. 

In 1954 he travelled to Ireland to take up temporary appointment at the Society’s headquarters, Dalgan Park, Navam for twelve months.

He died in 1993, 10 May interstate.

 
Southern Cross 9 march 1945

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