The Third Order of St. Francis – Athenry 1937

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The Third Order Secular known as the Secular Franciscans, includes devout persons, both men and women. Members do not live in community, but live their everyday lives in the world. However, members do gather together in community on a regular basis.

Some members of The Third Order in 1937

Eugene Durkin had a pub where the Shopping Basket is now!

Nellie Regan was the Church Sacristian for years!

Nora Byrne, Railway Station, was a great character!

Kate Coen lived opposite the Castle in Court Lane!

Mrs K Daly had a drapery business on the corner of North Gate Street where Peggy Browne’s is now. the Dalys also owned Raheen Stables.

In 1937 Charlie Redmond lived in Court Lane and Joseph Mooney, Boyhill, was a renounded shoe maker in in the 40s and 50s

Members of the Third order were buried in the Habit of the Order!

What was a “Sodality” in the Catholic Church?

Sodalities were an integral part of parish life in Catholic Churches worldwide for over a century. They are a lay ministry intended to bring Marian devotion, community service & a social experience to practicing Catholics at every stage of life. Female sodalities were popular of various ages.

The Latin word sodalis means “companion”, a sodality being an organization of companions or friends. The sodalities of the Church are pious associations and are included among the confraternities and archconfraternities.

Confraternities and sodalities had their beginnings after the rise of the confraternities of prayer in the early Middle-ages (around 400–1000 AD), and developed rapidly from the end of the 12th century, with the rise of the great ecclesiastical orders, such as the Dominicans, the Carmelites, and the Servites. Other associations of this kind soon appeared under the jurisdiction of the local ordinary and had no particular connection with a religious order.

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About this record

Written by Finbarr O'Regan

Published here 04 Dec 2023

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