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Fr. Peter Francis Haughey OSA - RIP

Peter Francis Haughey, RIP

Francis James Haughey was born in Dublin on October 1st, 1924. He was received into the Augustinian Order at Orlagh in 1942, taking as his Religious name Peter. Since Rome was inaccessible due to war, Peter did his basic philosophy and theology studies in Orlagh, John’s Lane and Raheny. Meanwhile (1945-49) he was studying his B. Mus. Degree in UCD. He went to Rome in 1949 where he did further studies in both theology and philosophy
He returned from Rome in 1955 and he was to spend  the next 60 years serving in an mind-boggling variety of roles; teaching in a Preparatory school in England, a Secondary school in Ireland, Professor of Philosophy in Ballyboden, Milltown Institute, and in Jos Seminary, Nigeria, Master of Students in Ballyboden, Prior in several of our houses, member of the Provincial Council, Secretary of the Province, Parish work in the United States and in Ireland. It will be obvious from that list of appointments that Peter was a versatile man and a willing servant. ‘He went where he was sent’ without hesitation!

He was a highly intelligent man with an insatiable interest in life and in people. And it was not all idle curiosity. He had a strong empathy for people,especially for those in trouble, whether through ill-health or misfortune. He served eight happy years as Curate with Padraig Daly in Ballyboden: from 1993 to 2001. It’s amazing the number of Ballyboden people who asked for Fr. Haughey during the months of his final illness. Invariably, their concern was couched in terms of returning a favour: “He visited my mother every day when she was dying” or, “He visited me in hospital very often when I was very sick.” To paraphrase the scriptures, “His good deeds were not forgotten.”

Peters’ health went into serious decline over the last couple of years. About a year ago he recognised that his condition merited more professional care so he left his beloved John’s Lane and came to Ballyboden.

He proved to be an uncomplaining patient, always considerate of other’s needs. He was alert and calm up to his last few days, and he slipped away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Ash Wednesday.

He is survived by his brother Noel, and his wife Elizabeth, his sister Evelyne (O’Riordan), his nephews and nieces. May he rest in peace.

Dick Lyng

Article posted on 15th of March 2014

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