Painting remembering the Massacre of Pallottines at St. Patrick’s Belgrano in1976 presented to Pope Francis

Photos include Provincial Liam McClarey (top right) Vicar General Derry Murphy and Rector General Zenon Hanas

Papal Audience, St. Peter’s Square, April 10, 2024

“… present at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square were members of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (SAC) from Ireland, Poland, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, the United States, Australia, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Cameroon, Tanzania.

On this occasion, the “sons of San Vincenzo Pallotti” gave the Pontiff a painting commemorating the “Saint Patrick’s massacre”, which occurred on 4 July 1976 during the military dictatorship in Argentina, in which the Pallottine priests Alfredo Leaden, Alfredo Kelly and Pedro Duffau and the seminarians Salvador Barbeito and Emilio Barletti were killed.

“The work of the artist Father Witold Urbanowicz is a source of inspiration and reinforces the missionary spirit and courage of the Pallottines who, today, put their lives on the line to announce the gospel of Jesus Christ and serve the Catholic Church in the peripheries of the world, in places plagued by wars and violence, such as Ukraine, Mozambique, northern India and Rwanda”, say the participants in the initiative.

Pope Francis personally knew the Argentine martyrs. When he was archbishop of Buenos Aires he visited the Parish of San Patricio several times where the massacre took place.”

General secretariat of the sac

Anniversary April 7th


Rev. Daniel F Hayes 1910-1958

He whom God has sent speaks God’s own words: God gives him the Spirit without reserve. The Father loves the Son and has entrusted everything to him. Anyone who believes in the Son has eternal life (John 3)

Anniversary April 1st


Bishop Patrick Winters                  


Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these different graces of God, put yourselves at the service of others. If you are a speaker, speak in words which seem to come from God; if you are a helper, help as though every action was done at God’s orders; so that in everything God may receive the glory, through Jesus Christ, since to him alone belong all glory and power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11)


Anniversaries March 27th



Rev. John Guidera 1928-2009

Rev. William Whitmee 1851-1909

Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3)

Anniversary March 25th


Rev. Vincent Cunningham    1897-1976

During his life on earth, he offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. (Hebrews 4)

Anniversary March 22nd



Rev. Henry Treacy 1883-1984

Rev. Mark (Noel) Kenna          1925-1991

It is you, O Lord, who are my hope, my trust, O Lord, since my youth. On you I have leaned from my birth, from my mother’s womb you have been my help.

(Psalm 71)

Anniversary March 21st


Rev. Thomas O’Grady 1871-1940

Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom my soul delights. I have endowed him with my spirit that he may bring true justice to the nations. (Isaiah 40)