Very Rev Patrick Lennon DD served as Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin for 20 years from 1967 to 1987. The diocese is located in the southeast of Ireland. It includes the counties of Carlow and Kildare and parts of the nearby counties of Offaly, Laois, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow.
Patrick Lennon was born in Borris Co Carlow, Ireland on June 22nd 1914. One of a family of seven boys and one girl he received his primary education at Borris National School. Following completion of his primary education he moved to Rockwell College Co Tipperary and later to Knockbeg College Co Carlow. He entered Maynooth College in 1931 to study for the priesthood and was ordained in 1938.
In 1940 Patrick Lennon was appointed to the teaching staff of Carlow College as Professor of Moral Theology. He remained at the college for the following 26 years serving as President of Carlow College from 1956 to 1966. He was appointed auxiliary Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin in 1966 and Bishop of that diocese in 1967 following the retirement of Bishop Thomas Keogh. Bishop Lennon performed the opening ceremony of The Holy Family Church at Askea near Carlow town in 1976. The church is of unique architectural design. Bishop Lennon retired in December 1987.
Very Rev Patrick Lennon, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin died in a car accident near Kill in County Kildare in the year 1990 On This Day.
Carlow Cathedral by Nico Kaiser
Knockbeg College by red, white, and black eyes forever