The death has taken place in Florida of Monsignor Fachtna Joseph Harte, late of Moneen, Kincon, Ballina.

He was ordained to the priesthood in Dublin in 1961 and moved to the USA where he worked in Central Washington State for 9 years before being transferred to the Diocese of Orlando.

He served in Orlando until his retirement in 2007, and was a founder of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe near Disney World in Florida, where he served as rector from 1975 to 2007.

Monsignor Harte also wrote a book about his experiences as a priest, entitled "They Shall Bear You Up" - Memories of  Catholic Priest, which was published in 2011.

 His funeral arrangements will be announced later.

 

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