David Moriarty

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David Moriarty was an Irish Roman Catholic bishop and pulpit orator.


Moriarty was born in Ardfert, in County Kerry, in 1812; died on October 1, 1877. He received his early education in a classical school of his native Diocese of Kerry and Aghadoe, and later was sent to Boulogne-sur-Mer in northern France. From there he passed to Maynooth, and after a distinguished course in theology was elected to the Dunboyne establishment, where he spent two years.

While yet a young priest he was chosen by the episcopal management of the Irish College in Paris, as vice-president of that institution; which position he occupied for about four years. So satisfactory was his work that, on the death of Father Hand, he was appointed President of All Hallows missionary college in Dublin, and for years guided, fashioned, and made effective the discipline and teaching of that well known institution. It was during this time he gave evidence of the noble oratory, so chaste, elevated, various and convincing, that has come to be associated with his name.

In 1854 he was appointed coadjutor, with the right of succession, to the bishopric of Ardfert and Aghadoe, as titular Bishop of Antigonia: and two years later succeeded to his native see. His work as bishop is testified to by several churches and schools, a diocesan college and many conventual establishments.

He found time to conduct retreats for priests and his addresses which have come down to us under the title "Allocutions to the...
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