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Fr Liam Oliver Ellis. 1933-2000

Tullow, Co. Carlow

Born on 14 November 1933 in Carlow he did his secondary studies in CBS Carlow. Having entered the novitiate at Kilshane Ollie was professed in1952. He qualified for the BA and the H.Dip. at UCD, and prefected at St Mary’s, Rathmines, for two years before doing his philosophy course at Kimmage. Sent to Rome to do his theology he was ordained priest in 1962 and qualified for the STL the following year. His first appointment, 1963, was to Mauritius where he taught for four years at the Holy Ghost College. During 1967-68 he worked in Orlando Diocese, USA, before being appointed to Kenya. He taught for eight years at St Mary’s Secondary School, Nairobi, and became its Headmaster in 1970 - a post he held with distinction for six years. In 1976 at the end of the Chapter, where he had taken an active part, he was elected principal Superior of the Spiritans working in Kenya. His visits to missions were always friendly, encouraging and never critical. He also managed to attend every important function in a school or parish which involved the confreres. When his third term of office was over he went to teach at the Queen of Apostles diocesan seminary in Nairobi. In 1989 he returned to Ireland and after serving for one year at Blackrock College he was appointed to Templeogue College where he worked for three years before taking up an appointment in New Barnet, England in 1993. From October 1998 Fr Ollie served as MID to the Parish of Kilcullen, Co. Kildare, where he was to die suddenly on 11 April 2000. He was 67 years of age. He was known as a modest man, never boastful of his considerable talents. He had a very keen sense of duty and a great deal of self-discipline to do what he knew to be the right thing. Fr Oliver was buried in Dardistown Cemetery, Dublin.

IPNl No. 2 2000; KEASM No. 783


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