South African Confreres

Through the kindness of Fr. Francois Dufour , SDB Provincial in South Africa,  we have been provided with photographs and details of many Salesians who are working in his Province.  I sent him a list of as many SHRIGLEY PAST PUPILS and STAFF,  as I could recall, plus Confreres who were members of the erst-while  ANGLO-IRISH PROVINCE.   Many of our SA  members will remember these either as  colleagues and confreres, whilst Boys and Staff  at Shrigley or in other Salesian Houses when lived and worked  in the same Community.

Here is the List I sent to Fr. Francois.  (I have been able to find Shrigley dates for only some of these...) 


Fathers -

Vincent FORD

Edmund O'Neill (1960-65)

John Colemean (1946-52)

Ivo Pisacane (1943-47)

Canice Dooley (1946-53)

Michael Power (1942-48)

John Mehers

Eugene Hennessy (1956? 1957-58)

Bro. Charles Scollard




Fathers -


George Gallagher

Sean Murphy

Peter Doherty

Hugh Boyle

Lawrence McDonnell

Bro. Peter Simmonds

If Association members can add further details - plus REMINISCENCES - we shall update and enhance our Website further.

Eric Baggaley (for the WebTeam)


Vincent Ford
Vincent Ford - 81 this year
John Mehers
Fr John Mehers - 75
Peter Doherty
 Fr Peter Doherty - 79 this year.
17 June

Bro Peter Simmonds - 81 this year

Peter Simmonds
Bro Peter Simmonds
G Gallagher
George Gallagher - 83 this year


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Fr Sean Murphy and Larry McD performing a jig
S. Africa

Standing L-R Fr John Thompson, Bro Charles Scollard, Fr John Mehers (those sitting not- guests...)

S. Africa
Fr Larry and sitting - Canice Dooley
Bro Charles and Larry Mc Donnell
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Bro Charles and Larry Mc Donnell


S. Africa

The 9th of September the Salesian community of Don Bosco Utume celebrate Fr Eugene's Golden Jubilee with all the Salesian Communities of Nairobi (4) and Makuyu. It was a festive event attended by Fr Joseph (Provincial), Salesians (priests 11, clerics 49 and brothers 5) also present the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, FMA novices, SDB prenovices, youth and friends.


The litury celebration was beautifully animated, solemn and vibrant with a uplifting homily given by Fr Eugene. The whole celebration was a thanksgiving to God who has been faithful to Eugene, the help of our lady and the salesians (confrere). Jesus has gazed (looked at him) ever since. The liturgical celebration was followed by a 5 star supper and live entertainment presented by confreres. The speeches (praising him for making an impact in Eastern African province within a short space of time) kind of made Eugene a bit embarassed. He jokingly stated that if he can take it all to himself he can be too proud thus block his ambition for Heaven (to see the beatic vision). An example for all who call themselves Christians. He thanked all who have contributed in shaping his character.


Here are some pics, let me allow them to speak for themselves.

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Jubilee Mass Jubilee Jubilee Mass


Canice Dooley  

Fr Canice Dooley is the parish priest of St John Bosco parish in Gauteng and Rector of the local community. His parish celebrates its Golden Jubilee later this month.

Fr Canice Dooley

George gallagher  
Fr George Gallagher now in his 80's - now retired, he lives at the Salesian Institute in Cape Town and does supply work when he can. Still
sings whenever given the chance!
Ivo Pisacane  

Fr. Ivo Pisacane

Fr Ivo Pisacane - recently transferred back to Walkerville (Daleside) in Gauteng where he was first posted to in 1959 - he continues to be active in supply work and celebrating Mass for the young people who attend the
various youth programs. Always known as a handyman - he does lots of odds jobs around the house there and is always busy..

Fr. Ivo

Vincent Ford  
Vincent Ford - recently celebrated in July his Golden Jubilee of ordination. He is the assistant priest in the parish of Our Lady help of
Christians in the Cape. He teaches Church History at the St Francis Xavier Archdiocesan seminary



Jubilarians   From: "Francois Dufour"
To: "Francois Dufour"
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009
Subject: Jubilarian Triplets

I had the privilege of having lunch on this feast of St Augustine with three of AFM's most senior confreres at Robertsham Parish. Between the three of them, they total 240 years of life, 180 years of life as SDBs, and still going strong, doing an honest day's work.
Fr Ivo Pisacane - 81, celebrated his golden jubilee of priesthood and diamond jubilee of profession last year.
Fr John Coleman - 79, celebrates his diamond jubilee of profession in 10 days time and golden jubilee of priesthood next year.
Fr Michael Power - 80, celebrate his golden jubilee of priesthood in June and will celebrate his diamond jubilee of profession in 10 days time.