Thursday, March 27, 2014

(Update) Wherabouts of Irish Legionaries of Christ - exclusive info

After posting the original blog entry the blogger received the following info from a reliable source:
(Edited) I didn’t see Fr Declan Creighton’s name on the list – he’s in Connecticut working in a parish but still an LC.  He’s a contemporary of Fr Peter Byrne.  Both Peter and Declan are probably  55 this year not 52 as your document suggests.  Anthony Bannon is in Mexico, not Ireland.  I understand Jude Furlong (70) is in Dublin not Rome.

The blogger notes that he is not sure where Fr. Declan Creighton is...The approximate, and sometimes speculative, nature of the data illustrate how hard it is to gather concrete and specific info re Legion members, their whereabouts and their status vis a vis the Legion, the priesthood, etc.


Data contributed by recently discharged Spanish member and other sources

Blogger notes that in his opinion ages are 2-3 year behind; as in all the first 6 entries are now about 70 years of age; basically the first generation of Irish going back to July 1, 1961, Bundoran, Co. Donegal

NameAgeBirth place
Lives in

Raymond Comiskey69DublinMerida, Yuc
Thomas Moylan68DublinCancún???
Jude Furlong67DublinRoma
John Devlin67DublinHouston
Fintan Lawless67DublinBrasil
Mons. Brian Farrell67DublinVaticano
Patrick Corrigan67DublinMisiones - Chetumal
Thomas White65DublinCA, USA
David Owen65DublinMonterrey
Brian Wilson64DublinMérida
Anthony Bannon63DublinIreland
Hugh Ryan63DublinRoma
James McCluskey63DublinXalapa, Mexico
James Mckenna63DublinMonterrey, Mexico
Owen Kearns62DublinCheshire, USA
Donal Clancy62DublinMéxico
Brian Fagan61DublinMéxico
Fintan Kelly60Dublin?
Donal O'Keeffe59DublinWashington
Michael Pakenham57DublinMisiones - Chetumal
Dermot Ryan57DublinRoma
Gerard Heaslip54DublinMéxico
Patrick Langan52DublinCheshire
Edward McNamara49DublinRoma
Feargal O'Duill42DublinDublín
Seamus Mc Cabe39DublinMéxico
Patrick Walsh55CorkBrasil
John Monaghan64BelmulletMisiones - Cancún
Patrick O'Connell58BelmoudenLeón, Mexico?
Dominic Farrell37An DúnRoma
Eamon Kelly55TubberJerusalem
Eamonn Shelly39TipperaryHouston, USA
Joseph Gillespie49St. JohnstonDetroit, USA
Cathal Deveney42PortadownIrish diocese?
Patrick McMenamin58OmaghMonterrey, Mexico
Michael Ryan65New RossRoma
Michael Grealy51LondonMéxico
Donal Corry67LimerickRoma
Bennet Tierney56LimerickGermany
John Walsh67
Bernard Quinn65
Misiones - Playa Carmen
Vincent McMahon64
John O'Reilly64
Accused in Chile
Patrick Barry63
Cotija, Mexico
Peter Coates62
Monterrey, Meico
Raymund Cosgrave61
Daniel McCallion58
Martin Flynn55
Michael Duffy53
Eamonn O'Higgins48
Darren Brennan33
Dublín ???
Peter Byrne52(5)DublinDublín ???
Robert Sloan35DownPatrickDublín ??? (County Antrim?)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

On Fr. Robles Gil and the Chapter; former LC now diocesan priest's blog


Here is link to Fr. John's latest posting on his blog

His experience with Fr. Robles Gil as his superior in Brazil:

Thursday, February 6, 2014

How I knew Fr Eduardo Robles-Gil

In 2002, after the World Youth Day in Toronto, I was sent to Rio de Janeiro as assistant to the Vocational Director, Fr Eduardo Robles-Gil, who was also the superior of the community at that time.

Previously, I had been living a period or exile, stripped of all apostolic activity, in Cheshire, CT. That period lasted two years.

I willingly went to Brazil to show my superiors I wasn’t a defective cog in the machinery. I hadn’t yet come to the conclusion that the machinery itself was defective. So I got right into the work (first of all, learning Portuguese) with all my heart.

Fr Eduardo was supportive, encouraging, and in my opinion, sincere. He immediately confided in me and gave me an active part in his vocational work. I had done vocational work in the States from 1995-1996, so it wasn’t new to me.

I learned a lot from Fr Eduardo, much of which I still use today.

Unfortunately, he was bound to obey his superiors, and Fr Maciel as General Director. 

Before he left Brazil in 2004, he began to question me in spiritual direction about my vocation, why I hadn’t left yet knowing that Fr Maciel had already determined I had no future in the Legion. My torment began all over again.

Now, I want to be absolutely fair. I know that Fr Eduardo grew up in an LC school, was Ecyd, RC and all that. I know that he was a consecrated member of the Regnum Christi along with Fr Luis Graza, Alvaro Corcuera and Florencio Sanchez, and entered the Novitiate of the Legion of Christ with them. I know that he was and LC insider, part of the club of superiors with all the perks. But, again, I want to be fair:


Nor do I know what is happening in the hearts of so many other legionaries, those in the General Chapter and those who sent them there. There hasn’t been much communication by the legionaries these past few years, which has only led to a lot of speculation, harsh criticisms and a general sense that nothing productive is being done. I too have been suspicious of them and have written critically.

But, I want to be fair, and I believe Fr Eduardo wants to be fair. I am avoiding jumping to rash conclusions now that a new team of superiors has been elected and the General Chapter will be coming to a close. I do not want to judge based on what little I know. I only ask that the Legion begin a new era of transparency, honesty and justice.  

New General Director and Path of Renewal

The Legionaries of Christ announced today that they have a new General Director. They also published a Communiqué regarding Fr Marcial Maciel, an apology to victims, and their path to renewal.

Here is a run-down of the entire outcome of the election:
-       General Director: Fr. Eduardo Robles Gil, LC. 
-       Vicar General: Fr. Juan José Arrieta, LC.
-       General Councilor: Fr. Sylvester Heereman, LC. 
-       General Councilor: Fr. Jesús Villagrasa, LC. 
-       General Councilor: Fr. Juan Sabadell, LC.
-       General Administrator: Fr. José Gerardo Cárdenas, LC. 
-       General Procurator: Fr. Clemens Gutberlet, LC.