PASSING OF FR JOHN KEARNS EVOKES DEEP SORROW AND MANY TRIBUTES

22 December 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The passing on Monday, December 20 following a long illness of Fr John Kearns CC SPS of Garrison, Co Fermanagh has evoked deep sorrow, and many tributes to a beloved religious figure described by Roman Catholic Bishop of Clogher Larry Duffy as “a committed priest and larger-than-life character”. A native of Corcaghan in Co Monaghan, Fr Kearns was best known in the diocese and community for the love of motorbikes which inspired him to co-found the Gone But Not Forgotten Bikers Memorial, an annual Mass in the Sacred Heart Church in Clones in honour of members of the motorcycling community who had lost their lives in road traffic accidents.

He was ordained in 1990 following a busy and varied lay life which had seen him serve as a member of An Garda Síochána, and work as a trucker and a member of the staff of Aer Lingus. Prior to Belleek-Garrison he served in the parishes of Mutare and Harare in Zimbabwe, and in Pettigo, Monaghan & Rackwallace, Brookeboro and Clones in the Clogher Diocese. A very popular and widely respected priest, Fr John commanded particular affection….

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