Archbishop Joseph Cassidy, RIP

Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Cassidy, RIP


It is with great sadness that Archbishop Michael Neary announces the death of Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Cassidy, retired Archbishop of Tuam who died last night.

Joseph Cassidy (born 29 October 1933 a native Charlestown, Co. Mayo)

Ordained Priest June 21st, 1959 for Achonry Diocese.

On loan to Clonfert in 1959 and was later incardinated into Clonfert diocese in the early 1960s.

Teacher in St. Joseph’s College, Garbally from 1959-1977.

President, St. Joseph’s College, Garbally, 1977-1979.

Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Clonfert on 24th of August 1979.

Ordained Coadjutor Bishop of Clonfert on 23rd of September 1979.

Installed Bishop of Clonfert on 1st of May 1982.

Translated to Tuam as Archbishop in September 1987.

Retired as Archbishop June 1995.

Parish Priest of Moore 1995.

Retired as Parish Priest of Moore 2009.

Died 31st of January 2013.

Archbishop Cassidy was an outstanding teacher of English, a great preacher and imparted a great love for drama and English literature in the many students he influenced.  He was the author of a number of books on preaching and was spokesperson for the Irish Episcopal Conference for many year.  He will be very sadly missed by all who had the privilege to know him.

Sincere condolences to Archbishop Neary, Archbishop Cassidy’s family, his sisters Concie, Angela, Mary, Bernadette, Patricia, Imelda, to the Priests of Tuam Archdiocese, Achonry, Clonfert, the Parishioners of Moore and his very wide circle of friends.

Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam!

Funeral Arrangements:

Remains arriving at the Cathedral of Assumption, Tuam on Friday, February 1st at 5.00 pm.  Reposing in the Cathedral until 10.00 pm., excluding the duration of the First Friday Mass at 7.30 pm.

Funeral Mass on Saturday, February 2nd at 12.00 noon in the Cathedral followed by burial afterwards in the grounds of Moore Church.

Details of the Funeral Mass

The funeral Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Neary and concelebrated by a number of Bishops and priests.  The President will be represented by his Aide de Camp Commandant Whelan.  The Taoiseach will be represented by his Aide de Camp Commandant Treacy.  Tanáiste, Mr. Eamonn Gilmore and his wife Carol will be in attendance.

Fr. Francis Mitchell, Adm., Tuam Cathedral will be MC.  Fr. Fintan Monahan, diocesan secretary will be chaplain to the President’s Aide de Camp, Commdt Whelan.  Fr. Shane Sullivan, CC will be chaplain to the Taoiseach’s Aide de Camp, Commdt Treacy.

During the funeral Mass the first reading will be proclaimed by Michael Kirrane (Nephew).

The  2nd reading will be proclaimed by Niall Mahon (Nephew).

The Homily will be preached by Archbishop Michael Neary.

The prayer of the faithful will be read by Padraig Dillon (nephew and carer), Imelda McDermot (sister), Paul Conway (nephew), Fiona McHugh (niece and carer), Vera Colleran (Carer, Moore), Padraic Kilduf (Clonfad), Michael McHugh (Nephew)

The gifts at the offertory will be brought to the altar by Mary Phelan (Long serving secretary and carer) and Bernadette Mahon (sister and carer).

The Tuam Cathedral Choir will sing during the funeral Mass.  Chairman of the choir is Mr. Eamonn Kitt, who will sing the psalm.  Organist and director is Ms. Emer Kelly.

Seminarians for the Archdiocese, Sean Flynn, Aidan Gallagher and Gerard Quirke will serve as acolytes at the Mass.

Parking on the Cathedral Terrace and St. Jarlath’s College and  Mercy Convent grounds.

Vesting for clergy in St. Jarlath’s College.

Refreshments afterwards in St. Jarlath’s College, adjacent to the Cathedral.

7 thoughts on “Archbishop Joseph Cassidy, RIP

  1. A most gentle soul, and one who touched the lives of many, including my own, during his fruitful life. His warm preence will be welcomed by his many friends in Heaven, where he will be no stranger for sure.
    His book on Sunday homilies ‘These Might Help, published in 2000, is a real treasure and a great legacy to have in his memory.
    May his noble soul rest in peace.

  2. Mark Doyle here im 35 now and remember Bishop Cassisdy So fondly could listen to him for ever he a great voice when speaking had a great sense of humour fills me with love n joy thinking about him.
    I always meant to go and meet him over the years after he left office but i will go to his funeral for sure
    The church could do with him now when replaceing Cardinal Brady
    Sadly due to bad health i think and have always thought he could and should have gone even higher in the Church.
    We will not see his like again.As God will say to him Rest in Peace my good and faithful Servant

  3. Joe was by far the most influential man I have met in my 58 years. When you spoke to him, he made you feel like you were the only other person in the world. He inspired a love of the English language in his students, and it was a pleasure to listen to him deliver a class or a sermon. Full of understanding, kindness and compassion, his passing leaves a huge void.

  4. Garbally in the 1950s was a pretty ordinary place without many frills. That is until we returned for the 1959 school year. Two new Teachers Fr Joe Cassidy and his good friend Jim O Donnell.(together they later wrote the play “In wild earth”) Wow ! what a change. Fr Joe lit up the whole place with his wonderful Humaity, Empathy, Understanding and sheer Personality. From his first Sunday sermon he had us in the palm of his hand.

    What a wonderful teacher,role model, communicator and Friend, he had it all.

    Thank you Fr Joe for so many memories that are still fresh and vivid.God Bless you.

  5. I was at Garbally college from 1977 – 1979, the duration of Fr. Joe Cassidy’s term in charge at the college.
    At 13 years of age I recognized and was profoundly struck by the presence and compassion shown by Fr. Cassidy, a truly remarkable human being.
    Thanks for the time you gave me, you will be missed many.
    RIP

  6. I was at Garbally college from 1977 – 1979, the duration of Fr. Joe Cassidy’s term in charge at the college.
    At 13 years of age I recognized and was profoundly struck by the presence and compassion shown by Fr. Cassidy, a truly remarkable human being.
    Thanks for the time you gave me, you will be missed by many.
    RIP

  7. God rest the soul of Archbishop Cassidy. He was a lovely man with a great humour. He confirmed me and remember when he visited our school before confirmation. Heaven has another angel tonight. Safe home. RIP

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