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Bishop Joseph Ignatius Shanahan, CSSp.

Bishop Joseph Shanahan was born in a beautiful valley of Glankeen, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary in Ireland to Daniel Shanahan and Margaret Walsh on 4 June, 1871.

Joseph was ordained a Holy Ghost priest (CSSp) on 22 April 1900 in Blackrock College, Dublin. In 1902, he was sent on mission to Southern Nigeria to serve the people there.

On 28 September 1905 at age 34, Joseph was appointed Prefect Apostolic of Southern Nigeria and on 6 June 1920, he was ordained Bishop and Vicar Apostolic. He fostered evangelisation through schools and this led him to found the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary in 1924 to continue his legacy.

He died on Christmas day 1943 in Nairobi, Kenya.                                                                         Motto: Lord that I may See

Bishop Shanahan, said to the first seven postulants of the Holy Rosary Sisters on Foundation Day 7 March, 1924:

“There are before you, as before all missionaries, sufferings, and trials. But remember that it is Christ who sweats in our sweat; who burns in our fever; who aches in our tired limbs; who continues His suffering in ours.

You do not know the millions of souls that will be saved because you are here today- because you are beginning a new Sisterhood in Christ.”

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