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Home News Obituaries Fr Michael Harrison ssc R.I.P (1924 - 2017)

Fr Michael Harrison ssc R.I.P (1924 - 2017)

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Michael HarrisonMichael Harrison was born on 21 March 1924 at Bunaduff, Castlegal, Co. Sligo. He was educated at Castlegal NS and Summerhill College, Sligo. He came to St Columban's, Navan in 1942 and was ordained priest on 21 December 1948. The following year he was appointed to graduate studies in the USA: he completed an MA in history at Fordham University and followed this with training in journalism at the Denver Register.

In 1952 he was appointed to the Philippines as Far East correspondent of the National Catholic Welfare Conference, a post he held until 1956. He was then called back to work in the Omaha Central Offices and travelled through Korea and Japan on his way home. He spent the next fifteen years in charge of the Mission Office where he was credited with organising the mail operation to new levels of efficiency.

From 1972 to 1975 he was editor of Columban Mission. In the years that followed he served in the Columban houses in West Chester PA, in Quincy, MA, in Philadelphia and in Westminster CA. In 1984 he was appointed secretary to Central Administration in Ireland for three years. There followed appointments to Los Angeles and Omaha before being asked to serve as Superior of Collegio San Columbano in Rome in 1992. Health problems cut short this appointment and he was assigned instead to Bristol, RI where he served as vice-superior and bursar. He left Bristol for Ireland in 2011, where, from his room he relied on modern technology to stay in touch with a wide circle of relatives and friends.

The variety of the tasks entrusted to Michael over the years are an indication of his many gifts, his discretion and his quiet competence. Congenial, wise and never judgemental, he was deeply appreciated by his colleagues and by the staff of the many houses in which he served. He transferred to the Dalgan Nursing Home at the end of 2015 and died rather suddenly there on 17 January 2017.

May he rest in peace.
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