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Name: FINNEGAN, Michael (Rev. Father)

Nee: 18 Sep 1896 Danmore, Galway

Birth Date: 23 Aug 1975 Port of Spain, Trinidad

First Date: 1930

Profession: Catholic Mission, Bura, Voi

Area: Nairobi

Book Reference: Red 31

General Information:

Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Coast Voters List
Gazette 31 Dec 1941 expunged from Coast Voters' list
Henry J. Koren, Spiritan East African Memorial, 1994: A brother of Fr. Patrick Finnegan, he entered Rockwell in 1912, made his vows at Kimmage on September 8, 1916, prefected while also studying for a B.A. at the University College of Dublin, and did his theological studies at Kimmage, Blackrock and Rathmines.  He was ordained on June 19, 1925 in Dublin.On October 20, 1926 he sailed for the Zanzibar vicariate.  He served there successively at St. Peter Claver, Nairobi, in Bura as director of that mission, and as pastor of Holy Spirit Church, Mombasa. During World War Two he went to the Nyeri vicariate to help staff the missions whose Italian Consolata Fathers had been interned as enemy aliens. After that war we find him stationed at Kalimoni. He was also the right hand man of Bp. Heffernan from 1932 to the bishop's resignation in 1945, and he served as Spiritan District Superior from 1937 to 1947. In 1947 he was appointed Provincial Superior in Ireland, but resigned within a few weeks and went to Trinidad.  There he taught mainly at St. Mary's College for about 25 years. Two years before his death, he had to have both legs amputated, but he continued to work in the accounting office till shortly before his golden jubilee as a priest in June 1975. Then his health deteriorated rapidly and he died a few months later.

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