Fr. Lambert (Larry) Greenan OP (1917-2017)
Recently the oldest member of the Province celebrated his 100th birthday. Fr. Lambert was born in Newry in what is now Northern Ireland on 11th January 1917. Together with his brothers he served as an altar boy in the local Dominican church of St. Catherine’s. He joined the Order in in 1933 taking first profession a year later. Soon after in 1937, his brother, the recently deceased Fr. Clement, joined him in the Order. Fr. Lambert was ordained a priest on 29th September 1940. After World War II he was sent to San Clemente in Rome where he studied for his doctorate in Canon Law. Returning to Tallaght he taught for many years in the Studium. His next appointment was as Prior to Dundalk. As the Second Vatican Council was ending the Provincial was asked to provide an English speaking friar to establish and edit the proposed English weekly edition of L’Osservatore Romano. Fr. Lamber was assigned this task and thus became the first editor of the English language edition of the Vatican newspaper. He continued this pioneering work until the early 1990s. In his final years in Rome he became friendly with Mother Angelica and her EWTN mission. On her invitation he travelled to the USA for the first time and while there he began working with the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word. This community has proven to be a welcoming home to Fr. Lambert and to the visiting Irish brethren.
Frs. Gregory Carroll (Prior Provincial) and Thomas McCarthy (Prior of San Clemente) both travelled to Alabama to celebrate his 100th birthday with Fr. Lambert and the Sisters. ~All the members of the Province send their best wishes and greetings to Fr. Lambert. Ad multos annos.