Cardinal Desmond Connell dies aged 90

21 Feb, 2017 | News

The death has been announced of Cardinal Desmond Connell.  Born in 1926, he was Archbishop of Dublin from 1988 until 2004 and Cardinal since 2001.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said that Cardinal Connell, who had been ill for some time, passed away peacefully during the night in his sleep.

Funeral arrangements will be released later.

Biographical Details of Emeritus Archbishop, Desmond Cardinal Connell

Archbishop Desmond Connell was born in Phibsboro on the 24 March 1926.

Educated at St. Peter’s National School, Phibsboro and Belvedere College, he studied for the priesthood at Clonliffe College and was ordained by Archbishop John Charles McQuaid on the 19th of May 1951.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from University College Dublin in 1946 and was awarded an M.A. the following year. From 1947 until 1951 he studied theology at Maynooth and was awarded a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1950.

Archbishop Connell studied at the University of Louvian, Belgium from 1951 to 1953, when he was awarded a doctorate in philosophy.

From 1953 Archbishop Connell worked in the department of Metaphysics in U.C.D. He was appointed Professor of General Metaphysics in1972 and elected Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology in 1983 and re-elected 3 years later.

He has written on philosophical and theological subjects. For his published work he was awarded the degree D. Litt. by the National University of Ireland in 1981.

Dr. Connell was a member of the Irish Hierarchy’s theological commission, and of the Diocesan Committee on Ecumenism. He was made a Prelate of Honour by the Pope with the title of Monsignor in 1984.

He served as chaplain to three communities of contemplative sisters, the Poor Clares, Donnybrook (1953-55), the Carmelites, Drumcondra (1955-1966) and the Carmelites in Blackrock from 1966.

Archbishop Connell’s motto is Secundum Verbum Tuum (“According to thy word”). It is the well known response of Our Lady’s to God’s call at the Annunciation, “be it done unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38).

Episcopal Conference:

Vice-President of the Irish Episcopal Conference

Member of the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine and of the Theological Commission

Chairman of the Episcopal Commission for Universities

Member of the Episcopal Commission on Ecumenism

Member of the Committee for European Affairs

Member of the Inter-Church Committee

Roman Congregations and Councils:

Member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Former Member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People

Member of the Congregation for Bishops

Creative works/Publications:

The Vision in god: Malebrache’s Scholastic Sources (Louvain 1967)

Essays in Metaphysics (Dublin 1996)

Christ our Life (Dublin, 1995)

Various articles in philosophical and theological reviews.



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