Cardinal Tomás O’Fiach
Cardinal Tomás O’fiach was very interested in St. Kilian and led many tours to Wurzburg from the Diocese of Armagh. He made a film on St. Kilian which was shown on R.T.E and was available through Veritas. He wrote a lengthy article called “St. Kilian: His Irish background and posthumous influence”. He celebrated the Mass in Wurzburg Cathedral on the 8th July 1989 at the Centenary Celebrations of the Martyrdom of St. Kilian and made a big impression speaking in German, English &Irish. He attended the 1989 celebrations in Mullagh and played a big part in securing the St. Kilian Relic for Mullagh Church. He passed to his eternal reward in 1990.
Father Patrick Morris P.P.
Father Patrick Morris was appointed Parish Priest in Mullagh in 1983. He immediately became interested in the Life of St. Kilian the patron Saint of the Parish. Kilian was born in Mullagh in 640 and martyred in Wurzburg Germany in 689. Father Morris made contact with Helena Spiegel and her husband Hans who were frequent visitors to Mullagh on German Tours who were interested in tracing their spiritual roots. St. Kilian was also the Patron Saint of Franconia in Germany and was honoured highly in Wurzburg where a cathedral was named after him. Father Morris organised the first pilgrimage to Wurzburg in 1989 for the 13th. Centenary of St. Kilian’s Martyrdom. He commissioned a statue of the saint in Mullagh church grounds. He arranged with Cardinal Tomas O’Fiach and Bishop Paul Werner Scheele of Wurzburg to have a relic of St. Kilian brought back to Mullagh and had started to discuss plans for a Heritage Centre before he passed away in 1990