Blessed Terence O’Brien (martyr) healing oil
Blessed Terence O’Brien born in Cappamore, County Limerick, Ireland.
After entering the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans) known by the religious name “Albert”. Sent to study in Toledo, Spain, and Limerick, Ireland. He would later serve as provincial for the Dominicans in Ireland.
Consecrated co-adjutor bishop of Emly, Ireland, in 1647. He worked to defend the rights of Catholics during the Irish Confederate Wars.
Bishop O’Brien served the wounded and supported Confederate soldiers throughout the war. Opposed a treaty that did not guarantee safety for Catholics.
The same year as his episcopal consecration, Limerick attacked and O’Brien urged Catholics to resist the Protestant forces. He subsequently surrendered but condemned to death. When given the opportunity to save himself by acknowledging the English king as head of the Church, he staunchly refused.
Blessed Terence Albert O’Brien beatified in 1992 with 16 other Irish martyrs. In August he renewed his recommendation of Father Terence O’Brien, who named coadjutor with the right of succession, in March, 1647, and eight months later consecrated by Rinuccini. When Limerick was besieged in 1651, he urged a stubborn resistance and so embittered the Ormondists and the Parliamentarians, that in the capitulation he was excluded from quarter and protection.
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