Heffernan, Enda, 1932-2001, Capuchin priest

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Heffernan, Enda, 1932-2001, Capuchin priest

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17 March 1932-25 April 2001


Timothy Heffernan was born on St. Patrick’s Day (17 March) in 1932 in Turner’s Cross in Cork. He joined the Capuchin Franciscans in October 1949 and took Enda as his religious name. He was ordained a priest in St. Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny, County Donegal, on 30 May 1957. Soon after his ordination he travelled to the Western United States Mission. He was initially a parish priest in St. Mary’s Church in Ukiah, California. For many years, he was later a teacher and Dean at St. Francis High School in La Canada, California. In April 1979 he became the first Minister Provincial of the newly established Province of Our Lady of Angels in the Western United States. Following the completion of his term as Provincial Minister in 1985, he served as Novice Master in San Lorenzo Seminary in California. Later, he moved to San Bonaventura Friary in San Francisco where he took up the ministry of retreat director. He subsequently moved to St. Francis Friary in Burlingame. He suffered from ill-health in his final years, and he died on 24 April 2001. He was buried in the cemetery attached to San Lorenzo Seminary, Santa Inés, California.

Baptismal name: Timothy Heffernan
Religious name: Fr. Enda Heffernan OFM Cap.
Date of birth: 17 Mar. 1932
Place of birth: Cork
Name of father: John Heffernan
Name of mother: Margaret Heffernan (née Morey)
Date of reception into the Capuchin Order: 3 Oct. 1949
Date of first profession: 4 Oct. 1950
Date of final profession: 5 Oct. 1953
Date of ordination (as priest): 30 May 1957
Educational attainments: BA (1953)
Missionary activities: Travelled to the United States Mission in 1958
Leadership positions: Appointed Vice Provincial, Western United States Mission on 28 Mar. 1977; Appointed Minister Provincial of the newly created Western United States Province on 18 Apr. 1979.
Date of death: 25 Apr. 2001
Place of death: San Lorenzo Seminary, Santa Inés, California
Place of burial: Cemetery, San Lorenzo Seminary, Santa Inés, California


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