ST JOSEPH’S CHAPEL, KILLEENAN
The present St Joseph’s Chapel was built in 1996 when our Parish Priest was Fr Owen O’Donnell and our Curate was Fr John Travers. The opening and dedication of the new chapel took place on 8th December 1996. The then Archbishop of Armagh, Sean Brady, officiated.
On 7th December 2021, at the Vigil Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Parish Priest Fr Paddy Hughes marked the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the new St Joseph’s Church. Included on the altar was an impressive display of 25 candles. ( See Photograph )
The new chapel replaced the chapel built in 1855 when Fr Bernard Murphy was Parish Priest and Fr Arthur McGurk was Curate. Fr Murphy’s chapel stood on the site of what is now Our Lady’s Grotto in St Joseph’s Graveyard.
The gratitude of the Parishioners to Fr Murphy for providing them with a new Chapel is reflected in the following extract from a letter which the Parish Committee wrote to him on their behalf.
“It is but a short time since you commenced the building of our beautiful Parochial Church of St Joseph, now happily completed; we can, therefore, in some measure, appreciate the zeal and munificence that enabled you to finish this very commodious structure and leave it free of debt. You laborious zeal in this arduous undertaking can only be known to those who witnessed the untiring energy with which you completed the work to its successful completion and now with its sweet-toned bell summons us to prayer and sacrifice…….”
The letter informs us that the grateful parishioners presented Fr Murphy with a “ car and harness”.
There appears to have been an earlier Chapel built in 1755 but little information about this exists
(Courtesy of “Kildress: Rolling Back The Brambles”)