Our Founder

Bishop Daniel Delany, the founder of the Patrician Brothers was born in Mountrath, Ireland in the year 1747. As he lost his father early, he was looked after by his maternal aunts. As the then Ireland was impoverished and lacked basic education facilities, he was sent to France to study. Brilliant in studies and gifted in writing, Daniel became a priest. Soon he returned to Ireland and was appalled on seeing the utter misery of his countrymen. He used his Sundays for exhorting the grownups and gradually gathered the children for prayer and general education. In 1784, he was consecrated as bishop and soon plunged himself deeply into improving the life of his countrymen. To continue his vision for Ireland even after his death, he founded two religious congregations namely “The Brigidine Sisters” for women on 1st February, 1807 and “Patrician Brothers” on 2nd February, 1808. Entrusting the flame he lit, to his beloved sisters and brothers, he left for his heavenly reward on 9th July, 1814. The brothers, “The Bearers the flame” of Daniel Delany, work today in Ireland, USA, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, India, Ghana, South Sudan and Dubai.