Two special people for Brigidine Sisters, our associates and partners in ministry include our Patroness, Brigid of Kildare and our Founder, Daniel Delany, who became Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.
Daniel Delany was born in the townland of Paddock, in the parish of Castletown and the Diocese of Ossary in 1747. Like many who sensed a call to priesthood during that period of harsh penal laws in Ireland, Daniel was sent to Paris to complete his education before choosing to return to Ireland.
To read further details of his simple yet significant life and ministries go to: https://brigidine.org.au/about-us/our-founder/
Daniel died in Tullow in 1814, just seven years after the first foundation of the Brigidine Sisters.
He is also the founder of the Patrician Brothers so his dream & his influence continues today in a number of nations and in the hearts of millions of people.
Happy Founder’s Day!
A number of Daniel’s sayings are displayed on our website and here is another attributed to his practicality and humour!
“Let us not be like wheelbarrows, useless unless we are pushed, but rather like a gold watch, open-faced, pure gold, quietly busy, full of good works!” (Daniel Delany)
Below is a photo of a stained glass window dedicated to our Founder in the Tullow Parish Church, County Carlow Ireland. Bishop Delany, a former parish priest o Tullow, is buried in that church.)