23 January 2021
2006 Fr. John McEvoy

Fr. John McEvoy with a group of Confirmation students.

Fr John McEvoy, a Columban Missionary Priest, has been giving a hand out in the parish of Tullamore since before Easter. He is here for 3 months. It suits him to be in Tullamore at the present time as his mother (92 years of age) is a resident in St Carthage Nursing Home, Mucklagh.

John, who is a native of Cloneygowan Co. Offaly, was ordained in 1972 and assigned to the Fiji Islands. He spent the next 30 years in Fiji mainly working in parishes - and was parish priest of funny sounding parish names such as Samabula, Tamavua, Vanuakula, Vatukoula, Vabea and Ba. The development of parish primary schools, village churches and community centers were a priority during these years. The choosing and training of adult catechists for the running of village communities and for the conducting of Eucharistic Prayer Services in their respective communities were of the utmost importance for a developing church. Early in the 70s after the Vatican Council each parish was quick of the mark to form Parish Pastoral Councils and Parish Financial Councils.

During his last 6 years in Fiji 1995 - 2001 John was Regional Director of the Columban Team in Fiji. After which he took a sabbatical break at the Columban headquarters in Navan. For the past 4 years he was Columban liaison person with the Dalgan (Dowdstown) Farm and all the new developments going on there re the new proposed M3 motorway, the Dunshaughlin Sewage treatment plant (affecting the Dalgan lands) and the proposed water abstraction by the Meath County Council from the Boyne, also on Dalgan land.

Now in Tullamore John is striving to get his hand back into the pastoral scene. No better place for this than the busy and well-organized parish of Tullamore.

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