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February 26, 2006

Who seeks the answers ?

Filed under: Finding the Answers — archivesoz @ 8:56 am

Like any Archives many requests are made to seek the information that the Archives contains. An Archives can only hold the information it has been given. Some requests do go unanswered because the information is lacking or has not been submitted. But who makes these requests and what is the information they seek?
First and foremost most of the requests are related to either dates and times of events that have happened in our Passionist history. Since 1843 many such important events have been catalogued and are recorded.
Some seek information on classmates, some wish to confirm whether or not students made it to Profession, or at what time they left.
But by far the biggest number of requests are from people searching their family tree. A large number of people from all over the world have found while searching their family tree that somewhere in the past, one of their relatives was a Passionist, and they seek more information about his life and work. With almost 400 Passionists that have served in our Province (including those who came from other provinces and then returned) this has been a valuable exercise as new names have appeared that we had no previous record of, futhermore by sharing the information with the enquirer, they too have shared information and photographs with us.
The Donegans were one such family, we had records of Fr. Benedict Donegan, who spent a quite a time working in our Province but was a puzzle when a family searching their own family tree asked about a Fr. Maurice Donegan. This prompted enquiries to the Anglo-Hibernian Province and we discovered that Maurice, who was the nephew of  Fr. Benedict, did come to Australia for several months then returned home overseas. When eventually Fr Benedict returned and died it was his nephew, Fr. Maurice, that conducted his Requiem Mass.
Fr. Maurice was the last of the “lost” Passionists that we discovered, and this was all due to a family seeking information on a long lost Passionists who was part of their family tree.
So information can come from a variety of sources, and it just needs the time and searching to unveil it.
But the challenge is all worthwhile as some more information can be added to the records, and personal files of the men that have helped make the Province, to what we have become today, grow just that little bit larger.
While questions are being asked, we will continue to seek the answers.

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1 Comment »

  1. My name is Mary McClure, My mother was Amy Donegan, Fr Maurice Donegan was my mother’s uncle, Fr Benedict Donegan was Fr Maurice’s Uncle. It was an enquiry about Fr Benedict and his time in Australia that led to information from you about both the Frs Donegan. I would like to thank you so much for the information you supplied to us for our family research, and I am pleased that we also helped you.
    I have since discovered two other Passionists in our family line-up, though I don’t belive they ever came to Australia.

    Special thanks to Br Jeff Daly, who wrote to us and sent information and photos about my relatives.

    God Bless you all, and many, many thanks. Mary

    Comment by Mary McClure — May 26, 2006 @ 4:05 am


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