A Roscommon-born priest Fr Stan Brennan who recently received a major award from the Japanese Emperor has passed away in South Africa, aged 83. Fr Brennan was a native of Carrowkeel, Athleague. There were 10 siblings in the family including a sister who was a nun. Fr Brennan is survived by his brother Andy Brennan, sister-in-law Anne Brennan, Stonepark, nephews and nieces.
Only last month Fr Brennan received the prestigious 6th Grand Cordon Order Award at a ceremony at the Japanese Embassy where he was represented by his brother Andy and niece Julie. Fr Brennan was not well enough to travel to receive his award.
The award was in recognition of the work of Fr Brennan in the community of Boksburg where he was dedicated to the development of social welfare and the preservation of the environment. Only eight people have ever received this award.
Fr Brennan had been working in South Africa since 1965 and over the years he had established projects in education, drug and alcohol abuse, AIDS, child care and domestic abuse. A biographer was in South Africa in recent months to write Fr Brennanís life story.
In 1992 Fr Brennan set up the St Francis Care Centre as a hospice dedicated to people suffering with AIDS and related illnesses. Over the years Fr Brennan received over 50 awards for his contribution and dedication to the community on Boksburg.
Issue dated: 13 JULY 2012
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