Campaign for beatification of Limerick priest

An Argentinean bishop is leading the call for the beatification of a Co. Limerick missionary who died in December.

Fr Liam Hayes, a Divine Word Missionary from Cappamore, had devoted his life to helping the poorest and most vulnerable in Oberá, Argentina. He founded several homes for children and adults with severe physical and intellectual disability and a hospice for the dying.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader, his brother John said there is “a push for him to be beatified led by the Bishop of Obera”. “It is because people went to the bishop with stories relating to Fr Liam. They want people whose lives he touched to come forward. They had so much even at the time of his death – the bishop insisted on it,” he said.