Fr.Thaddeus (Tadgh) Moriarty OP ~ He was born in Kerry in 1603. Tadhg went to Lisbon to prepare for the priesthood.
In 1636 Fr.Thaddeus returned to Kerry. In Jan. 1653 a decree was issued banishing Catholic priests. Failure to leave rendered the priest guilty of high treason. The penalty was death.
Fr.Moriarty, who was then Prior in Tralee, went to Castlemaine, his home-
In death, his face emaciated as a result of weeks of semi-
PRAYER FOR THE BEATIFICATION OF FR.THADDEUS MORIARTY OP.
O God, honour amongst your
faithful people with the title of
"Blessed" Fr.Thaddeus of the
Order of Preachers who most
eagerly gave his life for the sake
of the "truth that sets us free'.
We your people need that truth
and courage of the Martyrs.
Strengthen us by giving us as a
model of our faith and as a
support to its practice this great
for even those who killed him
recognized that he died for his
We thus ask, O heavenly Father,
that your servant
Thaddeus Moriarty be held as
"Blessed" throughout your
Son's Catholic Church.
We ask that through his
intercession we may receive the
graces which we need,
and especially for peace and
reconciliation in our families,
communities and amongst the
nations, churches and religions
This we ask through Jesus your
Son who preached the truth for
which Thaddeus Moriarty died:
and through the Holy Spirit,
who gave him the courage to give
finest witness to truth in his
glorious martyrdom. Amen