Archdeacon Byrne of Larne – 1942 to 1961.
I came to Larne in 1984 – 23 years after the death of Archdeacon Byrne and everyone was still talking about him.
He is still spoken of today with great fondness and admiration.
MARY MC AULEY
There was a Catholic parishioner in Larne called Mary McCauley.
After marrying a Protestant she became every anti Catholic and went to Archdeacon Murphy and told him she had put 20 p in the plate every time she went to Mass.
She then demanded all her money back.
Next day Archdeacon Byrne went to the bank, got a bag full of 20 p’s and brought them to Mary’s house and gave them to her.
THE FAMOUS AMERICANS.
Archdeacon Byrne kept an open door, day or night, to all who needed him.
One evening his doorbell rang and there were two Americans at the door. They had missed their boat and decided as two Catholics they would visit the.local parish priest while awaiting the next boat.
The archdeacon brought them in a made them tea and sandwiches and the three of them had a long conversation.
Weeks later the archdeacon received a letter in the post from the USA with a cheque giving a large donation to the parish.
He was not a man of the world and didn’t realise he had entertained Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
He had simply treated them the way he treated everybody who came to his door.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE GOOD PRIESTS GONE?
I asked this question of somebody yesterday who has a broad knowledge of the Church and priesthood. His answer took me by surprise – “To the Boilerhouse!
Of course most priests have never visited a gay sauna, I hope.
I live in the diocese of Down and Connor. There is only one priest in the diocese I would trust to go to confession to.
There are just a few priests around Ireland I would respect.
There are probably more I don’t know?
I’d be interested to hear from readers about “good priests” they know, or think they know.
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