Monsignor John Power
6 July 1957

This photo of Monsignor Power was taken when he opened the 1957 Sale of Work.

John J Power was born in Grange, Mooncoin, County Kilkenny, Ireland on 26 October 1888. In 1901, he entered the College of the Sacred Heart in Limerick and in 1905, went to Mount Saint Joseph College, Rosecrea. In 1907, having been adopted by the Archbishop of Glasgow for that Archdiocese, be came to Saint Peter's College, Bearsden where he read philosophy and theology. He received Minor Orders, Sub-Deaconate and Deaconate in November and December 1912. On 29 June 1913, he was ordained to the priesthood in Saint Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow by the Archbishop of Chersona. He was appointed as a curate in the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Saltcoats in December 1914. In November 1916, he showed great courage in attending men who were trapped in the hold of the Norwegian grain ship Hjortnes which went aground on Horse Island, Ardrossan. After a brief return to Ireland, he served in Glasgow before going to Birmingham, England to where he transferred in 1925. His brothers, Alphonsus and Martin were also priests in Birmingham. John was the parish priest of the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and Saint Therese of Lisieux in the Saltley district of Birmingham from 1930 to 1968. He died in Dublin in 1969.