Due to a computer error, our original post is lost.
This replacement post contains a link to a file containing his story with the preface and footnotes added.
Father Francis McSpiritt
An account of his life can be found here: macdonell full
The posted article on Father’s life was in a book written by an Orangeman, but as the author stated, this gives an unbiased account. Given the numerous miracles described, I wonder how many more a Catholic might have described.
Interesting also that the local Bishop asked him to stop the miracles so as not to offend Protestants, and when Father continued, he was re-assigned to a more remote parish – sound familiar?
Father had a reputation for sticking to spiritual matters and avoiding much of earthly pleasures. Human respect was not a failing of his.
He did cure Protestants, but sometimes did assign a penance of joining the Church.
The anniversary of his death is August 14th and would be a good date for a pilgrimmage. In 2013, my wife, daughter and a family friend visited his gravesite. Nothing was planned by the local parish, and there was no evidence of other visitors.
His gravesite can be found here: MW Grave Site
and looks like this:
Perhaps readers who are not in the area can make a spiritual visit.
If Fr McSpiritt were alive today, I think the Resistance would have another priest.