Fossa native Fr Seán Myers is to be presented with the Hugh O’Flaherty Humanitarian Award 2015 this Saturday at a gala ceremony in Killarney.
Fr Seán has served the people in his parish in Brazil for the past 55 years. Even though now in his 80s, Fr Seán Myers continues to preside over a parish, over half the size of Ireland, in the north-east of Brazil. The Hugh O’Flaherty Humanitarian Award is bestowed on individuals who embody the spirit as Monsignor O’Flaherty who helped save the lives of over 6,500 people from the Nazis in occupied Rome during World War II. The award will be presented to Fr Seán Myers this Saturday night in the Killarney Plaza Hotel where the ceremony will be addressed by US Ambassador Kevin O’Malley and Mayor of Killarney Cllr. Bobby O’Connell. The Provincial of the Redemptorist Order in Ireland, Fr Dan Baragry will also be in attendance, along with Fr Seán niece Mary Vousden, who will deliver his response to the award. The ceremony will open with the screening of the 1977 Radharc TV Documentary on Fr Sean’s work, titled ‘Padre Joao is a Kerryman’ – which was considered to be a very honest depiction of the missionary approach by Fr Sean. This will be the first time many will have seen this documentary in almost 40 years.