It is with regret we record the death of Monsignor Michael Olden PE, who died on Monday, August 30th after a long illness, borne with great dignity and courage.
Monsignor Michael was a native of Cappoquin and was educated at Mount Melleray, UCC and St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. He was ordained for the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore on 19th June, 1960 and immediately went to Rome to the Irish College to study Ecclesiastical History. His list of appointments and achievements from 1963 are outlined below.
In 2018, Monsignor Michael completed a book on the history of the Diocese entitled ‘The Faith Journey of the Deise People’. In this book, he aimed to capture of the deep faith of the Deise people. Each parish is listed with all it’s unique history, as well as the history of the Diocese in general. This is a wonderful legacy left to us by Monsignor Michael, who always loved to speak about the history of the Diocese
- Awarded Doctorate in Ecclesiastical History at Gregorian University – 1963
- Temporary Mission Southwark
- Recalled and appointed chaplain, De la Salle Scholasticate, Faithlegg –
21st September 1963
- Appointed Chaplain, Little Sisters of the Poor
- Appointed Lecturer in Christian Doctrine at Waterford Technical Schools
- Appointed CC St. John’s Waterford – 5th September 1964
- Appointed Professor of St. John’s College – 15th January 1966
- Appointed Junior Dean, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth – 4th October 1966
- Appointed Senior Dean – 1968
- Appointed Chair of Ecclesiastical History – June 1976
- Appointed Vice-President of Maynooth – 12th October 1976
- Appointed President of Maynooth – 26th September 1977
- Appointed Domestic Prelate (Monsignor) – June 1978
- Appointed PP Kilsheelan – 19th December 1984
- Appointed PP, VG SS Peter & Paul – 15th July 1994
- Appointed PP Tramore – 7th July 2000
- Retired – 17th July 2008
Monsignor Michael died at St. Vincent’s District Hospital, Dungarvan – 30th August 2021
May he rest in peace.