COMERFORD – Dedication and Preface from Dioceses of Kildare and Leighlin

by mariocorrigan on June 22, 2006

Dedication and Preface from Rev. M. Comerford’s Dioceses of Kildare and Leighlin:

 
 
TO THE 
 
Most Emt. & Most Rev. Patrick Francis Moran,
 
CARDINAL OF THE HOLY ROMAN CHURCH,
 
OF THE TITLE OF S. SUSANNA,
 
ARCHBISHOP OF SYDNEY,
 
ETC. ETC.,
 
WHOM THE
 
VENERABLE CHURCH OF KILDARE AND LEIGHLIN
 
IS PROUD TO RANK AMONGST
 
HER MOST ILLUSTRIOUS SONS,
 
THIS VOLUME IS DEDICATED
 
BY HIS EMINENCE’S
 
HUMBLE AND DEVOTED FRIEND,
 
 
 

                                    THE COMPILER

 

 PREFACE.

          This Volume contains a brief historical notice of the Parishes (22) comprised in the Diocese of Kildare; a similar notice of the Parishes of the Diocese of Leighlin being reserved for a third Volume. The sources from which the facts, here strung together, have been collected, are necessarily various; amongst which are the Works of the Irish Annalists, those of Colgan, Ware, Archdall, Cardinal Moran, and O’Donovan’s valuable notes to his edition of the Four Masters, and also those made by him in connection with the Ordnance Survey, now preserved in MS. in the Library of the Royal Irish Academy. The particulars regarding the present condition of Monastic and Church ruins, etc., have been obtained chiefly by personal examination; in making which, the ready kindness, in every instance, of the clergy, and the valuable assist­ance accorded by them, justly claim the Writer’s grateful acknowledgment.

   

         The Most Reverend, the Bishop of Lita, having kindly under­taken to offer a copy of the First Volume of these COLLECTIONS for the acceptance of our Holy Father, the Pope, has favoured the Writer with the following letter: –  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  “Rome, 8th November, 1883.

 “REV. DEAR SIR,

        “It affords me sincere pleasure to inform you that, on last Monday, I had the honour of an audience from the Holy Father, and that I presented to him your valuable work on the Bishops of the United Dioceses of Kildare and Leighlin. His Holiness was graciously pleased to accept it with thankful­ness. And, although he does not understand the English lan­guage, he was pleased to receive your work, even as a proof of that love of ecclesiastical studies which it discloses in its learned author, and which he ardently desires to see imitated, as far as possible, by all members of the clergy.

 “Wishing you many years to labour so fruitfully for God’s honour, the salvation of souls, and the advantage of our ecclesiastical literature, I remain, with great respect,

 “Yours very sincerely,

 T. KIRBY.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transcript of the Dedication and Preface from Comerford’s 1883 History of the Dioceses of Kildare and Leighlin.

[Compiled by Mario Corrigan; edited by Niamh Mc Cabe]

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