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THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

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PORTRAIT.

THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN.*

FOR twelve years the name of the Rev. T. Connellan has been well

known in Dublin as a staunch upholder of Protestant truth. His

romantic escape from a boat on Lough Ree, when he was supposed to

have been drowned, attracted great attention at the time, and had the

unlooked-for result of procuring some remarkable obituary notices in

the Roscommon Messenger and other papers. The Town Board,

Borough Court, and Board of Guardians all adjourned, as a mark of

respect to his memory, while the Vicar-General of the diocese wrote a

most sympathetic letter to his father. It was therefore impossible,

after such public testimony in his favour, for anyone to attack his

character. At the present time, "Father" Connellan occupies a

position in Dublin somewhat similar to that of the ex-Abbe Bourrier

in Paris. He edits a paper called The Catholic, which has a considerable

circulation, and is the author of Hear the Other Side, and other

pamphlets, which have had a wide circulation. The headquarters of

his mission is at 51B, Dawson Street, Dublin, where meetings are held

twice in the week, and, with the assistance of his brother, Mr. Joseph

Connellan, he is carrying on a remarkable work for the evangelization

of Ireland. Mr. Connellan's story is as follows :-

In my thirteenth year I was taken from my happy home in the

west of Ireland, and given in charge to a religious brotherhood in a

neighbouring town. I well remember the drizzling October day when,

in company with my father and an elder brother, I made the dreary

journey. Hitherto I had enjoyed all the sweets of home life; had

angled for trout in the winding river beside my father's residence;

had tramped the neighbouring moors in search of wild ducks' nests, or

made summer peregrinations for bilberries to the adjacent mountain.

It was a happy life, but alas! all too brief. The wise ones of the

neighbourhood had marked me out for the priesthood. My relatives

became elated at the thought. I was destined to shed renown upon

my name and family. I was to return one day a full-blown ecclesiastic,

to read Mass and preach in the village chapel, before whose altar I

worshipped as a boy, and a charter of respectability should ever after

be in possession of my family. So my good father harnessed his horse

to the family side-car, and took me to the nearest classical school,

conducted, as I have stated, by a religious brotherhood.

• "ROADS FROM ROME" is the title of a deeply interesting and informing

book, compiled by the Rev. C. S. ISAACSON. M.A., and published by the Religious

Tract Society, the design of whioh is to show the real inwardness of the Churoh

of Rome, on the testimony of many eminent persons who have left that oorrupt

Communion. The volume oontains a series of narratives, written by converts to

Protestantism, and among them is the sketoh of his experienoes given by the

Rev. THOMAS CONNELLAN. Editor of " The Oatholic "-a staunoh advooate of the

prinoiples of the Protestant Reformation. This sketch we reproduoe, in hope

that its perusal may further the ciroula.tion of " ROADS FROM ROME," whioh, it

should be added, is published at 2/6.

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