The death of Br. Fabian Kenneally
At the beginning of 1914, Fabian Kennealy showed signs of a complete breakdown and was advised by the Doctors to return to Ireland,
He left for London on the 5th of August, 1914. Britain had declared war on Germany the previous day.
On the 10th of August, Fabian, aged 61, after 24 years as Provincial, began to feel unwell and told his companion that his life was coming to an end.
He died at 4 A.M. the next morning and he was buried at sea on the 11th of August, 1914. He had escaped death on his earlier voyage to India in 1889.
He had been called to take up the task of building a new Province and he had accomplished this task superbly.
Br. Arsenius Ryan
Br. Arsenius Ryan, who had had two serious operations for cancer was appointed Provincial in October, 1914. He struggled manfully for the next 4 months, till he was told by his Doctors that the only chance he had to live was to go to London for radium treatment.
When he arrived in London he was told that it was too late and so he asked permission to go to St. Patrick’s, Baldoyle where he died on the 8th of January, 1945 aged 45.
Br. Gilbert Cooney was appointed the 4th Provincial of India on the 9th of October, 1915.