Fr Pat Bradley SS.CC. RIP

Fr Patrick J Bradley SS.CC.


pat2Father Patrick J Bradley, [aged 76] was called home to the Lord on Friday, 21st January 2011, at his community residence in Ranelagh, Dublin. He was buried in the community's grave at Palmerstown Cemetary on Wednesday 26th January after funeral mass in Sruleen Parish Clondalkin. Father Pat had suffered a bad fall over the Christmas period and had been in recovery.

He was born on 25th May 1934 to Patrick Bradley & Catherine Waters of Douglas Road, Cork. He was educated by the Christian Brothers in Cork City. He entered the Novitiate of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts in Cootehill, Co Cavan and made his first Profession on 2nd September 1953. Following his ordination on 29th June 1959, he was assigned to teach Theology at Sacred Hearts Seminary, Jaffrey, New Hampshire, USA. He returned to work in Ireland in 1964 serving as Director of Fr Damien Juniorate, Clones, Co Monaghan, before moving on to teach Philosophy at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 1969. During the 1960’s and’70s Father Pat was very active in leading retreats throughout Ireland, especially to Religious Sisters. In 1977 he was elected Provincial of the Ireland-England Province of the Congregation before moving to Rome in 1982, following his election as Superior General. Having served twelve years with distinction in this office, in 1995 he became Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, Acton, West London. His final appointment in 2001 was as Parish Priest to the Sacred Heart Parish, Sruleen, Clondalkin where he worked up until his retirement to Ranelagh in 2009.

Fr Pat throughout the course of his life dedicated his many gifts to the service of the Church and his Religious Congregation. He was insightful, inspirational and, above all, imbued with a profound sense of his life being guided by Divine Providence.

He will be deeply missed by his own family, his religious family and his many friends.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis”