Archdeacon Thomas (Tom) F. Duggan PP VG


Parish Of Birth

Colleges Attended
St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth Co Kildare, Ireland

Details Of Ordination
St. Patrick’s College Chapel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Ministry Abroad/Peru : 1/10/1961 – 17/12/1961

St. Patricks (Lower Rd.) PP : 12/4/1961 – 1/10/1961

Ballyphehane PP : 21/12/1957 – 12/4/1961

Kinsale PP : 5/6/1954 – 21/12/1957

St Finbarr’s Seminary/President : 1/12/1945 – 5/6/1954

Chaplain, 2nd World War : 1939 – 1945

St. Finbarr’s Seminary, Farranferris : 1923 – 1939

Chaplain, Bon Secours Hospital : 15/9/1920 – 1923

Diocesan Secretary : 1919 – 1920

Chaplain, 1st World War/Flanders : 19/9/1917 – 1/11/1918

Chaplain, Presentation Convent(South) : 5/7/1917 – 16/9/1917

Post Graduation/Maynooth : 1915 – 1917

Appointed Vicar Forane (V.F.) of the Kinsale Deanery on the 5/6/1954.
Appointed Archdeacon in 1955

On the 24/1/1977 Cork County Council and the people of Kinsale honoured Archdeacon Duggan by naming the new bridge which was erected to span the river Bandon near its estuary at Kinsale the ‘Archdeacon Duggan Bridge’.
On the 2nd December 1994, Blackwater Press published ‘Archdeacon Tom Duggan’ (In Peace and in War) by Dr Carthach MacCarthy.
“It is no exaggeration to say that Archdeacon Tom Duggan was one of the most remarkable priests of the diocese of Cork and Ross of this century. A military chaplain with the British forces in both world wars, he was the first chaplain to be decorated with the Military Cross.
Between the two world wars he became deeply involved in the Irish struggle for independence, and in the civil war he was one of the leading peacemakers.
He taught in the diocesan seminary from 1923 to 1939. Though he always hankered for life on the foreign missions, it was not until the age of seventy-one that he achieved this ambition. He set off for Lima in 1961, but after only forty days he died of a heart attack”. – Archdeacon Tom Duggan (In Peace and in War) by Dr Carthach MacCarthy.

When demobilisation scheme commenced in Victoria Barracks, Belfast, yesterday, one of the first to pass through the centre was Rev. T.F. Duggan M.C., senior chaplain to the Catholic Forces in the North. Fr Duggan was the first chaplain to win the military Cross in the present war, receiving the decoration for gallantry near Dunkirk. A native of Cork, he was a teacher in St. Finbarr’s College, Cork, before joining up in September, 1939. He was a chaplain in the last war.
Extract from the Cork Examiner, June 20, 1945.

Date Of Death

Place Of Death
Lima, Peru

Place Of Burial
Britannica Cemetery, Callao, Lima, Peru

As Archdeacon Tom Duggan was the first member of the St. James Society to died in Peru, it was decided that he should be buried at the Britannica Cemetery, Callao, Lima, Peru, which was the usual burial place for English-speaking people who died in the area. Cardinal Cushing of Boston, USA was the celebrant of the funeral mass. In the sanctuary were Archbishop Romolo Carboni, Papal Nuncio to Peru; Archbishop(later Cardinal) Landazuri-Ricketts, Archbishop of Lima and Primate of Peru; Bishop Cornelius Lucey of the dioceses of Cork and Ross and two other Peruvian bishops. The Irish colony in Lima was present in strength. Fr Michael Fitzgerald, in deference to his Cork origins and to the Archdeacon’s strong links with the Columban Fathers, was given special place in the ceremonial. Fr Michael Crowley was the only Cork diocesan priest present.
In July 1963 the remains of Archdeacon Duggan were exhumed and transferred to the recently established language school of the St James Society in Cieneguilla in the foothills of the Andes some 15 miles south of Lima. In February 1964 a monument over his grave was blessed. Amongst those present at the ceremony were, Professor Lucy Duggan – the Archdeacon’s sister, and his good friend, An tAthair Tadhg O’Murchu, P.P., Carrig na bhFear.
In the spring of 2004 the remains of Archdeacon Duggan were once again exhumed. On the 1st March, 2004 – on the occasion of the closure of the Cork Mission in Peru and Ecuador – in the presence of His Lordship, Most Rev. Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte OFM, Archbishop of Trujillo, Peru, His Lordship, Most Rev. John Buckley, Bishop of Cork & Ross and very Rev. William Costa, P.P., El Buen Pastor, El Porvenir, Trujillo, Peru, his remains were reintered in El Buen Pastor Church, El Porvenir, Trujillo, Peru – being the very first church built by the Cork Mission in Peru.