Remembering Bishop Duffy, One Year Anniversary
Photos Courtesy of Patricio Espinoza.
Last August, Bishop Duffy’s remains were returned to Zambia for burial in the diocese he had founded.
Originally published on www.oblatemissions.org. In 1984 Bishop Paul Francis Duffy, OMI was one of the first four Oblates from the former Southern Province of the United States to serve in Zambia. He was the superior of that first team, and spent the last 26 years of his life ministering within that region.
Jennifer Carr Allmon, Associate Director of Texas Catholic Conference shares a video and casual interview with Bishop Duffy when she visited him in Zambia in 2007:
Along with the video she shared, last year when Bishop Duffy passed away, Ms.Allmon wrote“During this past year, the church lost a leader of great humility and compassion when Bishop Paul Duffy, OMI passed away in August. While this African Bishop was not officially a member of the Texas Catholic Conference, we still think of him as a Texas Bishop because of his strong ties to Texas.” [ read more ]
Bishop Paul Francis Duffy, OMI was ordained to the priesthood in San Antonio, Texas in 1962. After several assignments, and more than 30 years later Bishop Duffy would be appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Mongu during the time of its establishment on June 14, 1997 and worked there ever since.
The Diocese of Mongu, established in 1997, covers some 87,000 square kilometers in western Zambia with a population of over 620,000; of these, approximately 10% are Catholics.