Blessed John Kearney

Also known as

  • Seán Ó Cearnaigh



Son of John Kearney and Elizabeth Creagh. Franciscan Friars Minor (Observants), entering the novitiate at Kilkenny, Ireland. Moved to Leuven, Belgium in 1638 to enter the seminary. Ordained in Brussels, Belgium in 1642. On his way back to Ireland in 1644, he was arrested in London, England, tortured and condemned to death. He escaped and made his way to France, finally travelling from Calais to Wexford, Ireland. Taught philosophy in Cashel, served as novice master in Waterford and porter at Carric-on-Suir, living his vocation for nine years as a wanted man. Arrested in Tipperary in early 1653 on the old charge of being a Catholic priest in England. One of the Irish Martyrs.





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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed John Kearney“. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 March 2017. Web. 22 June 2021. <>