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Fr Jeremiah O’Reily OFMCap

And the Early Catholic History of Wellington Upon arriving in Wellington on 31 January 1843, Fr O’Reily took up lodgings with a Mrs Kennedy somewhere in Cuba Street. He said a public Mass on Sunday 5 February. The unlikely location for this auspicious event was the timber hotel, sometimes simply referred to as a tavern, […]

Fr Jeremiah O’Reily OFMCap…

…and the Early Catholic History of Wellington (1) In the winter of 1880, as he lay bedridden by his last illness, Father Jeremiah Purcell O’Reily OFMCap remarked wryly that “he didn’t know he had so many friends until he became frail”. Visitors flocked to his bedside in a room adjoining his beloved church of St […]