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Leahy, Thomas, 1846-1908, Jesuit priest
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25 August 1846-11 February 1908
Born: 25 August 1846, Ballinasloe, County Galway
Entered: 05 August 1865, Milltown Park, Dublin
Ordained: 1880, Leuven, Belgium
Professed: 02 February 1886
Died: 11 February 1908, St Patrick’s, Melbourne, Australia
by 1868 at Amiens France (CAMP) studying
by 1870 at Leuven Belgium (BELG) studying
by 1871 at Antwerp Institute Belgium (BELG) Regency
by 1879 at Laval France (FRA) studying
by 1885 at Roehampton London (ANG) making Tertianship
Came to Australia in 1887
◆ HIB Menologies SJ :
Early education at College of Immaculate Conception, Summerhill, Athlone. Here he had as fellow students, Michael Watson SJ, Sir Anthony MacDonnell who became Under-Secretary for Ireland and Mr TP O’Connor, later editor of “MAP” and other Journals.
After First Vows he studied Rhetoric at Amiens, Philosophy at Louvain, Theology at Louvain and he was Ordained there in 1880.
He was a Teacher at various Colleges, Tullabeg, Galway and Belvedere, and later Minister at Crescent.
1880 After Ordination he was sent to Australia.
1890 Appointed Rector of St Patrick’s Melbourne. After his time as Rector he continued on teaching at St Patrick’s, acted as Minister for a time, and remained there until his death 11 February 1908 aged 62.
He was thought gentle and courteous to all, and sometimes called “Silken Thomas”. His death was reported as most edifying.
◆ David Strong SJ “The Australian Dictionary of Jesuit Biography 1848-2015”, 2nd Edition, Halstead Press, Ultimo NSW, Australia, 2017 - ISBN : 9781925043280
Thomas Leahy studied at Athlone before entering the Society at Milltown Park, 5 August 1865 . He studied philosophy at Louvain, 1869-70, and theology at Laval, France, 1879-80. He taught mathematics and natural philosophy at the Crescent, Limerick, 1874-76, and French, mathematics and physics at Belvedere College, Dublin, 1880-83. Before tertianship at Roehampton, England, 1884, he was minister at University College, Dublin. Then he was appointed to teach at the Crescent and in Galway, 1885-87, before leaving for Australia in 1887. His first appointment was to prepare students in Classics, French and English for the public examination at Riverview. He became prefect of studies at St Aloysius' College, Bourke Street, 1889-90, and continued his teaching for the public examinations. His first administrative appointment was as rector of St Patrick's College, 1890-97, when he was also procurator and prefect of studies, as well as a teacher. Afterwards he taught in succession at St Aloysius' College, 1897-98, Xavier College as minister, 1898-1901, and St Patrick’s College as minister 1901-08. He was a very gentle, kind man, whom everybody seemed to like, and he did a great deal of good work, but without any fanfare. At Riverview he was considered a fine teacher of classics.
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- County Galway » Ballinasloe
- County Dublin » Dublin City » Sandford Road » Milltown Park
- Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » East Melbourne » St Patrick's College (East Melbourne)
- France » Hauts-de-France » Amiens » Abbey of Saint-Acheul
- Belgium » Leuven
- Belgium » Antwerp » Antwerp College
- France » Pays de la Loire » Laval
- England » London » Roehampton » Manresa House (London)
- County Dublin » Dublin City » Summerhill
- County Offaly (King's) » Ballycowan (Bar.) » Tullabeg » St Stanislaus College
- County Galway » Galway City » Sea Road » Coláiste Iognáid SJ
- County Dublin » Dublin City » Great Denmark Street » Belvedere College SJ
- County Limerick » Limerick City » The Crescent » Sacred Heart College SJ, 1859-1974
- Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Riverview » St Ignatius College (Riverview)
- Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Milsons Point » St Aloysius College (Sydney)
- County Westmeath » Athlone » College of Immaculate Conception
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