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Information sought on Kathleen Cecilia Butler (letter)

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 Contents - Mar 2005AD2000 March 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Pray for John Paul II ... - Peter Westmore
Vocations: Australian diocesan seminary numbers continue to increase - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Cinema: Hollywood's Kinsey whitewash - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Moral divisions among the Christian Churches threaten ecumenism - Archbishop Barry Hickey
Dissent: Notes from a theology unit at Australian Catholic University
Church's future lies with orthodoxy, not dissent - Fr Paul Stuart
Culture: Secularism, not religion, is threatened with extinction - David Quinn
Events: Holy Week Celebrations - Classical Roman Rite
A young Catholic's encounter with Latin at Chavagnes International College - Alexander Morrison
Adult Education: Sydney Centre for Thomistic Studies continues a great teacher's legacy - Audrey English
Letters: Priestly celibacy (letter) - Barbara Chigwidden
Letters: Overseas priests and racism - Fr Peter Joseph
Letters: Reporting abuses is not spying (letter) - Fr Edward P. Evans
Letters: Mangled hymns (letter) - Michael Apthorp
Letters: Orthodox young priest (letter) - John David
Letters: Abortion (letter) - Fr Austin Kenny CP
Letters: Leadership needed (letter) - Tom King
Letters: AIDS prevention (letter) - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: Bible and Church (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Layman saint Bob Santamaria (letter) - J.W. McMahon
Letters: Convert (letter) - Jeff Harvie
Letters: Information sought on Kathleen Cecilia Butler (letter) - John G. Brown
Letters: Latin Mass (letter) - Alan Freckelton
Obituary: The passing of a holy, many-talented Jesuit - Fr Victor Ian Falconer SJ - Michael O'Callaghan
Books: DOLLFUSS: An Austrian Patriot, by Fr Johannes Messner - Alice von Hildebrand
Books: THE CASTLE OF HEAVENLY BLISS - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Books: Books to read in 2005
Reflection: The Holy Trinity and the Church: the truth will set you free - Fr John O'Neill

My wife is a keen genealogist. However her grandmother, Kathleen Cecilia Butler, has proved particularly hard to trace in Australia. Kathleen was born into the famous Irish Butler clan at Garlick Hill, Crusheen, Co Clare, in 1902, and we think Kathleen came to Australia in the 1920s. She was housekeeper for her uncle, Father Michael Hehir, also from Crusheen or Ennis in County Clare.

Above are photos of Fr Hehir with Archbishop Daniel Mannix and of Fr Hehir and Kathleen. We think Fr Hehir died in Malvern in 1934 and he may have had a brother T.J. Hehir, who was also a priest in Australia.

We cannot find any record of Kathleen's arrival by ship and little is known of her early days in Australia. Any reader who knows anything of Fr Michael Hehir, Kathleen Butler, or where either of the photos might have been taken please get in touch.

Our address is 12 Stuka Close, Raby, NSW 2566, tel (02) 9824-8668 (h), mobile 0414 493 414, (02) 9391 9779 (w), and email addresses, or

Raby, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 2 (March 2005), p. 15

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