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Father Cormac Breathnach SMA

Parish Priest from April 1996 to July 2004

Father Cormac - photo

Father Cormac visited us in July 2004 having recuperated from knee replacement surgery in April.
A well attended farewell party and presentation, marking eight years as our parish priest, took place on 25th July 2004. 
We wish Cormac many blessings on his move to Wilton in Cork.

Some of Fr. Cormac's homilies are available in our audio library

Cornishman newspaper article, 'Farewell to priest': Penzance's Catholic community was joined by representatives of all denominations on Sunday to say a fond farewell to their parish priest. The church in Rosevean Road was full at choral evening prayer as Father Cormac Breathnach took his last evensong before going back to his native Ireland and his new parish.

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Information & links on Father Cormac's Order The "Society of African Missions" "SMA" (link below) is a community of international Catholic Missionaries - from five continents - based in Africa. For 150 years, it has been their  passion to proclaim and spread the Gospel to the African people. This includes sharing the language, the culture, the religion, and the history of the people of where they live. Their aim is to be an effective response to the missionary vocation of the whole Church and especially the Church in Africa.

Here are the resolutions by the SMA Founder Mgr Melchior de Marion Brésillac - before departing on a mission:

  • "To be a missionary from the depths of my heart".

  • "To neglect nothing that might advance the work of God".

  • "To seize every opportunity to preach the Gospel".

  • "Finally, and it is for this that I especially implore Your blessing, O my God, to use all my strength, all my study and all the means of my disposal to contribute to the formation of an indigenous clergy".

update Jan 2022 ~ JMJ admin ê¿ê