A Brief History of Brothers of St. Patrick.
The Congregation of the Brothers of St. Patrick or Patrician Brothers as they are popularly known as was founded in a small town of Tullow , Ireland on 2nd February ,1808.It was founded by Rt. Rev .Dr. Daniel Delany, under the patronage of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. In 1846, the Brothers sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to Baltimore, USA and laid the foundation for their first mission abroad. In 1875, the first foundation of the Patrician Brothers was laid in Chennai, India. In 1883, another group of Patricians arrived in Maitland, New South Wales, Australia. After establishing themselves, the Brothers moved to Papua New Guinea, an island that needed the Brothers’ assistance.
In 1961, the Brothers were drawn to Kenya. In 2007, the Indian Province took up a mission in Ghana, Africa and in 2012, South Sudan and Dubai. In 2008, the Brothers completed200 years of their existence as harbingers of education, touching and making a difference in the lives of many. Today, the Patrician Brothers run schools, colleges, boarding houses, technical institutions, non -formal education centers and other education centers and other education related institutions in Ireland, United States of America, India, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Ghana, South Sudan and Dubai. The headquarters known as Genera late is located at Mount St. Patrick Academy, Pune and in India it has its headquarters known as provincial ate at Mount St. Mary’s School, New Delhi.
St. Patrick , the Patron Saint of the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Patrick or popularly known as Patrician Brothers, was born in Scotland around the year 385 A.D as the son of an influential Roman Christian family. At the age of 14 or so, he was captured by the Irish Raiders and was sold as a slave. He spent the next six years in the wilderness of Ireland, tending the sheep of his master, during which it is believed that he received an inner call to serve the people of Ireland .At the age of 20, he escaped to Gaul (France) ND later became a priest. Soon he was elevated to be a bishop and was sent to Ireland. He is credited to have converted the whole of Ireland to Christianity. After years of toil and establishing many churches and other institutions for the welfare of the people of Ireland, he left for his eternal abode on 17th March, 461. His dedicated life for the spread of Catholic faith and his prayer “Breastplate of St. Patrick” continues to inspire the Patrician Brothers and the people of Irish origin everywhere.
Bishop Daniel Delany
Bishop Daniel Delany, the founder of the Patrician Brothers was born in Mountrath, Ireland in the year 1747. As he lost his father early, he was looked after by his maternal aunts. As the then Ireland was impoverished and lacked basic education facilities, he was sent to France to study .Brilliant in studies and gifted in writing, Daniel became a priest in 1770 or so. Soon he returned to Ireland and as appalled on seeing the utter misery of his countrymen. He used his Sundays for exhorting the grownups and gradually gathered the children for prayer and general education. In 1784, he was consecrated as bishop and soon plunged himself deeply into improving the life of countrymen. To continue his vision for Ireland even after his death, he founded two religious congregations namely “The Brigidine Sisters” for women on 1st February, 1807 and “Patrician Brothers” on 2nd February,, 1808.Entrusting the flame he lit to his beloved sisters and brothers, he left for his heavenly abode on 9th July, 1814.The Brothers, “The Bearers of the flame” of Daniel Delany work today in Ireland, USA, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, India, Ghana, South Sudan and Dubai. For more detail please visit www.patricianbrothersindia.com
Bishop Daniel Delany
Founder of the Patrician Brothers