O’Brien, Nicholas, 1912-1980, Capuchin priest

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O’Brien, Nicholas, 1912-1980, Capuchin priest

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8 October1912-5 March 1980


Daniel Francis O’Brien was born in Cork on 8 October 1912. His early education was in the Presentation School and later in the Christian Brothers’ School on Sullivan's Quay in Cork. He was an altar server in Holy Trinity Capuchin Church on Father Mathew Quay, and he joined the Order (taking Nicholas as his religious name) in October 1929. He was awarded an MA in philosophy in University College Cork in 1934. Following his ordination to the priesthood in 1937, he continued his studies in the International Capuchin College in Rome. He obtained a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1941 and later a Doctorate of both laws (IUD) at the Lateran Pontifical University (1943). He also obtained a Higher Diploma in Library Science from the Vatican Library in 1942. His time in Rome was inevitably marked by the hardship of the wartime shortages. From 1943 to 1947, he taught Canon Law at Ard Mhuire Friary in County Donegal. He then returned to the International College in Rome where he served as Canon Law tutor to Capuchin students. He remained in Rome until July 1949. He subsequently returned to the House of Theology at Ard Mhuire and served as a lector there for the next twenty-eight years. He was also acted as a spiritual assistant to the Third Order of St. Francis lay fraternity. He was appointed Provincial Secretary in 1967 and held this position until his death on 5 March 1980. He was buried in the cemetery adjoining the Capuchin Friary in Rochestown, County Cork.

Baptismal name: Daniel Francis O’Brien
Religious name: Fr. Nicholas O’Brien OFM Cap.
Date of birth: 8 Oct. 1912
Place of birth: 15 Castle Street, Cork
Name of father: Thomas O’Brien
Name of mother: Brigid O’Brien (née Dennehy)
Date of reception into the Capuchin Order: 3 Oct. 1929
Date of first profession: 4 Oct. 1930
Date of final profession: 4 Oct. 1933
Date of ordination (as priest): 10 Oct. 1937 (Ard Mhuire Capuchin Friary, County Donegal)
Educational attainments: BA, 1st class hons. (1933); MA (1934); Doctorate of Canon Law (1941); Doctorate of both laws (civil and church law), (1943)
Leadership positions: Provincial Secretary, 1967-80
Date of death: 5 Mar. 1980
Place of death: Ballincollig, County Cork
Place of burial, Cemetery, Rochestown Capuchin Friary, County Cork


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