Derrinturn priest celebrates 50 years

Fr. Daniel Logan, on the right and his nephew, also called Daniel.
Monsignor Daniel Logan, a Derrinturn native celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in early June.

Monsignor Daniel Logan, a Derrinturn native celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in early June.

Monsignor Logan was ordained on June 8, 1963 in Assumption Cathedral Carlow, and by the end of August that same year, he had been spent as a missionary to Florida.

And he spent the next 50 years in Florida, based mainly around Jacksonville. Monsignor Logan was the eldest of three sons born to Nellie and Peter Logan in Derriturn.

He attended the local national school in Allenwood, and Mungret Jesuit High School and College in Limerick.

After that he entered the seminary in Carlow in 1959.

In Florida he went into teaching initially where he taught religion and Latin.

He went back to school himself in the mid 60’s, to the Catholic University of American in Washington. Years later, in the early 1990’s he attended college in Rome. He is a canon lawyer.

But as well as the academic side of his work, Msgnr. Logan also played a role in building local parishes in Florida.

He opened a new church in Nocatee, Florida last year and in the same year presided over the fundraising and construction of a new parish and community centre in the area. Last week, Msgnr. Logan retired as Pastor of that church.

It was opened last September by Bishop Felipe J. Estevez.

In his homily during the 50th anniversary Mass, Bishop Estevez referred to the “magnificent contribution of the Irish priests and nuns who for generations have built parishes and schools, hospitals and social services having a collective humanitarian impact of vast proportion.

“But Florida is not the only one; Georgia, the Carolinas, California, Oregon and Washington have had the Irish contribution.”

- Conor McHugh