Birth Name               James Monahan                                  
Religious Name    Finian of the Queen of Carmel
Born    01.01.1924 at Kilrickle, Ireland
Profession    08.09.1943
Ordination    23.04.1950
Death    05.06.2010 in Ballinasloe, Ireland (in Nosoc)      

Fr Finian was born in Ireland at Kilrickle, Loughrea, Co. Galway on 1st January 1924. After finishing his early studies at the Carmelite Minor Seminary in Castlemartyr, he entered the novitiate in Loughrea in September 1942 and made his first profession on 8th September 1943.

Having completed his Philosophy studies in Dublin, he was sent to the International College in Rome to study Theology. On 23rd April 1950, he was ordained priest by the Carmelite bishop Tarcisio Benedetti.

A Doctor in Canon Law from the “Angelicum” in Rome, he assisted in the formation of the students from 1951 to 1954 as Socius of the Vice-Rector. In 1955 he was appointed professor of Canon Law and Moral Theology.

The General Definitory appointed him Vice-Rector of the International College in 1958, a post he held until 1963, when he was appointed Rector of the International College.

In the 1967 General Chapter, Fr Finian was elected as Procurator General of the Order. Later, on 15th June 1973, he was elected Superior General of the Order for the 1973-1979 sexennium.

When he finished his term leading the Order, he returned to the Anglo-Irish Province where, in 1981, he was elected Provincial, a post he occupied for six years. After this, his Province appointed him to various duties: Provincial Delegate, Prior of the Abbey, . . . Fr Finian spent last year in a rest home near his community and family.

It was not long before messages of sympathy and support on the death of Fr Finian began to arrive at the Discalced Carmelite General house in Rome. Among these was a message from Fr Filipe Sainz de Baranda, Vicar General of the Order during the time Fr Finian was General. He did not hesitate to describe Fr Finian as “truly a faithful and transparent servant, generous, intelligent and prudent, very humble.”