Bishop Daniel Delany
(The founder Of The Society Of The Patrician Brothers)
Bishop Daniel Delany, The founder of the Patrician Brothers was born in Mountrath, Ireland in the year 1747. As he lost his father early, he was looked after by his maternal aunts. As the then Ireland was impoverished and lacked basic education facilities, he was sent to France to study. Brilliant in studies and gifted in writing, Daniel became priest in 1770 or so. Soon he returned to Ireland and was appalled on seeing the utter misery of his countrymen. He used his Sundays for exhorting the grownups and gradually gathered the children for prayer and general education.
In 1784, he was consecrated as bishop and soon plunged himself deeply into improving the life of his countrymen. To continue his vision for Ireland even after his death, he founded two religious congregations namely “The Brigidine Sisters” for women on 1 st February, 1807 and “ Patrician Brothers” on 2 nd February, 1808. Entrusting the flame he lit, to his beloved sisters and brothers, he left for his heavenly reward on 9 th July, 1814. The brothers, “The bearers of the flame” of Daniel Delany works today in Ireland, USA, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Ghana and India.