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Birth Name              Donald Murphy                        
Religious Name    Ronan of St Therese of the Child Jesus
Born    09.02.1933 in Eyries, Ireland
Profession    08.09.1955
Ordination    16.07.1961
Death    13.06.2006 in London: Kensington

Fr Ronan was born in Eyries, Co. Cork on February 9, 1933. On completion of his secondary school studies he entered the civil service in Dublin. He entered the Carmelite Order in 1954 and made his First Profession in Loughrea on September 8, 1955. He was ordained priest on July 16, 1961. He served at Boars Hill, St Mary's, Gayfield (now Avila), St Teresa's, Clarendon Street, Gerrards Cross and Kensington He was diagnosed with chronic leukaemia in recent years and faced his final illness with extraordinary courage and serenity. His funeral Mass was celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes at the Carmelite church in Kensington and was attended by a very large circle of friends and others whose lives he had touched through his very dedicated ministry. He had a great love for the missions and worked tirelessly to help missionaries and their projects. He was indeed a “good and faithful servant.”