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John O'Donnell

John O' Donnell was born in 1919 and was ordained to the Priesthood in 1944. He was one of the youngest ever to be made a Monsignor. Following Parish priest in St, Brigid's Newmains, he transferred to Wishaw in 1967 to take over as Parish Priest of St. Ignatius while still holding the position of Chancellor of the Diocese of Motherwell. He celebrated his Silver Jubilee in the Priesthood here in 1969. Unfortunately, ill health forced him to retire in 1984 after 19 years as Parish Priest and Chancellor. He died after a lengthy illness in this Parish on 3rd March 1989.

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