All Souls Day 2014

Monsignor Daniel J. O’Beirne, V.G. Msgr. Daniel J. O'Beirne

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    The 1861 church announcement reads: ”...the congregation gathered at the old Catholic cemetery, chanted vespers for the dead, processed to the new section reciting the litany of the saints, and then blessed the cross in the new section...”

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    The cross bearer leads the procession of local parishioners to Catholic Hill.

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    Praying the Rosary, the procession approaches Catholic Hill.

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  • Jeanne O’Beirne and James O’Beirne with Mary O’Beirne Williams pose for a photograph on Catholic Hill.

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  • James O’Beirne seated next to Mary O’Beirne Williams, reads the biographical timeline of Msgr. Daniel J. O’Beirne

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    Members of the Msgr. Daniel J. O’Beirne family pose in front of the Celtic Cross on Catholic Hill.

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    Father David O’Connor with members of the O’Beirne family.

Photos by Patricia Murphy
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Celtic Cross


On the introductory page VIII, Bishop R. O. Gerow has this to say about the Monsignor’s contribution to Cradle Days of St. Mary’s at Natchez, 1798-1888. First, and above all, acknowledgment is made of the fine work of Rt. Rev. Msgr. D. J. O’Beirne, the Diocesan Chancellor, who has spent much time and toil with the author in the work of minutely card-indexing the Diocesan Archives and the material contained in them. Without this labor, such a story as is here presented could not have been told.

1892
Born Carrick on Shannon, Roscommon, Ireland June 29; parents are John O’Beirne and Mary Morris
1918
Ordained in St. Patrick’s Seminary, Carlow, Ireland, as a diocesan priest for Mississippi
1919
Arrived at St. Paul’s Church, Vicksburg
1923
Appointed pastor of St. Michael’s Church, Biloxi Mississippi.
1924
Suffered tragic accident by a trolley car resulting in the loss of both feet (not generally known)

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Monsignor Daniel J. O’Beirne, V.G.
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1927
Appointed Diocesan Chancellor. Private accommodations were built onto the rear of the Episcopal Residence for him.
1936
Assisted Bishop R. O. Gerow with research and established a card index on the history of the diocese. O’Beirne family moved to Natchez from New York.
1940
January 31, His investiture as Monsignor at St. Mary Cathedral
1941
Publication of Cradle Days of St. Mary’s at Natchez, 1798-1888
1942
Returned to Vicksburg as pastor of St. Paul’s Church
1950
January 17, Appointed Protonotary Apostolic by Pope Pius XII
1953
...he had the heartbreaking decision to demolish old St. Paul’s which had been mortally wounded in the tornado of 1953,and built a new St. Paul’s. (Quoted from Vicksburg Post, April 7, 1960)
1958
Resigned as pastor and retired to the Alexian Brothers Rest Home, Tennessee.
1960
Died April 5, 1960, Alexian Brothers Rest Home, Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Buried, 8 April, in Vicksburg, church lot, Cedar Hill Cemetery

Survived by nieces & nephews:
Mary Williams, Daniel, Eileen Clayton, James, Margaret Williams, Thomas, Michael, Patricia Rogers, and Noreen Bozeman.


Timeline compiled by James E. Guercio
For St. Mary Basilica, Natchez
By St. Mary Basilica Archives
November 2, 2014


Lithograph on stone - St. Mary Cathedral