Friday, January 21, 2011

Fr Patrick J Bradley,
1934 - 2011

Father Patrick J Bradley, [aged 76]  was called home to the Lord on Friday, 21st January 2011, at his residence in Ranelagh, Dublin.
He was born on 25th May 1934 to Patrick Bradley & Catherine Waters of  Douglas Road, Cork.  He was educated by the Christian Brothers in Cork City.  He entered the Novitiate of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts in Cootehill, Co Cavan and made his first Profession on 2nd September 1953.  Following his ordination on 29th June 1959, he was assigned to teach Theology  at Sacred Hearts Seminary, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, USA.  He returned to work in Ireland in 1964 serving as Director of Fr Damien Juniorate, Clones, Co Monaghan, before moving on to teach Philosophy at  St Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 1969.   During the 1960’s and ’70s Father Pat was very active in leading retreats throughout Ireland, especially to Religious Sisters.  In 1977 he was elected Provincial of the Ireland-England Province of the Congregation before moving to Rome in 1982, following his election as Superior General.  Having served twelve years with distinction in this office, in 1995 he became Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, Acton, West London.  His final appointment in 2001 was as Parish Priest to the Sacred Heart Parish, Sruleen, Clondalkin where he worked up until his retirement to Ranelagh in 2009.
Fr Pat throughout the course of his life dedicated his many gifts to the service of the Church and his Religious Congregation.  He was insightful, inspirational and, above all, imbued with a profound sense of his life being guided by Divine Providence.
He will be deeply missed by his own family, his religious family and his many friends.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis”

Note: Fr. Pat during his time as Superior General (1982- 1994), devoted much time and energy towards achieving the beatification of Fr. Damien in 1995, eventually leading to the canonisation of Damien in October 2009.

The Funeral arrangements for Father Pat Bradley, are as follows:
Tuesday 25th January 2011:  Arriving Sacred Heart Church, Sruleen, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 @ 7.00 pm. 
Following reception prayers reposing in the Church until 10 pm
Wednesday 26th January 2011: Funeral Mass @ 11.30 am in Sacred Heart Church, Sruleen, Clondalkin, Dublin 22,  followed by burial afterwards in Palmerstown Cemetery, Dublin.

To Sacred Heart Church, Sruleen, Clondalkin, Dublin where Fr. Pat's funeral will take place. Use the Green Isle Hotel on the Naas Rd. as your landmark. The Church is two blocks North of the hotel.  Use Oak Way or Hazelwood Crescent to get to the Church from the Green Isle Hotel.
To Palmerstown Cemetery Beside M50 Junction with N4. From M50 head towards City centre on N4. Take a right at 1st traffic lights Up Kenilsforth Rd & 1st rt. on to The Dingle Rd. & left into Palmerstown Heights.

Thanks to all who sent messages of condolence and to those who attended the funeral.  May he rest in Peace.

Fr. Pat's Month's Mind Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Sruleen, Clondalkin, D 22
beginning 7.30 pm on Thursday February 17th 2011.  All are welcome. 

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