Over 200 years ago Bishop Daniel Delany founded the Patrician Brothers at Tullow in Ireland to bring hope and opportunity into the lives of young people who were deprived of education. A majority of Catholics in Bishop Delany’s diocese of Kildare and Leighlin lived in poverty and ignorance. Inspired by Daniel Delany, the pioneer Brothers set about improving the human condition for children and youth whilst also helping them to grow in the knowledge and practice of their faith
Successive generations of Brothers have continued this service to humanity and Church for over 200 years. As a legacy to the Bicentenary celebrations of 2008, the Patrician Brothers and friends have created a ‘Delany Foundation’ to support the work of the Brothers in places of great need. No State or Government funding is available in the following settings where the Patrician mission is offering services to the local communities through:
Education - Healthcare - Pastoral Ministry - Food & Water
A donation from you will ensure that the Patrician outreach to those in great need will be continued in Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Ghana. Any money donated will go directly to the work of the Brothers in those places. No portion of donations will be spent on the administration of the Delany Foundation.
Kabongo, near Eldoret in a rural setting of West Kenya. Attached to this Patrician established and sponsored school is a medical dispensary which offers a range of health care services to students and their families. A mobile clinic from the dispensary extends these services to poor families living in remote areas. A Patrician Brother oversees this project. Additionally, the school provides a substantial mid-day meal for students, mostly free of any charge. The Kabongo project receives no financial support from the Government.
This most recent Patrician mission, Delany Academy, was founded by three Indian Patricians in 2008. The school is still in the process of establishment as the pioneer class advances and increasing numbers seek enrolment. There is a great need for help in the provision of basic learning areas as well as teaching resources Also, the Brothers are seeking help in the completion and furnishing of a suitable residence.
Papua New Guinea
Currently in Papua New Guinea there are four Patrician Brothers three of whom are indigenous. They reside in the Aitape of Laingim of the Sandaun Province, and Wewak of the East Sepik Province. The two areas of ministry are in education and parish work. Also one Brother is very much involved in vocations work and co-ordinates two “Come and See” experiences over a year. Two Brothers live in the remote village of Laingim, one as a teacher in the community (primary) school there and the other working in the local parishes.
Br Peter Ryan (far left) visiting students of the remote Sepik village of Laingim.