Gavan P. Monaghan
Gavan P. Monaghan (1900-1959)
Gavan Peter Monaghan was born on 20 November 1900, to James H. (1867-1957) and Mary Isabella “Minnie” Curran (1875-1957) from Kelly’s Cross, Prince Edward Island. James and Minnie had twelve children including Gavan: Martina, Charles M., Martin Francis, Alfred J., Theodore, Mary, St. Clair A., Joseph I., Maurice, Marie, and Genevieve.
Gavan attended Saint Dunstan’s University from 1917-1920. He was then ordained in 1924 at Saint Dunstan’s Cathedral by Bishop O’Leary.
After his ordination, Gavan taught philosophy at Saint Dunstan’s University.
On 15 July 1926, Gavan had an immigration visa issued in Rome, Italy on 5 July 1926. On the documentation, he is described as being six feet tall, with a medium complexion, brown-grey hair, and grey eyes. This trip corresponds with the signature found in the UPEI Provenance book, Logique by Cardinal D.J. Mercier. Inside Gavan signed his named, “Gavan P. Monaghan” and dated it “Paris, France. July, 1926.”
Gavan taught at Saint Dunstan’s until he fell ill in 1931 and went to Lake Edward Sanitorium in Quebec; a facility that was created to treat Tuberculosis.
He returned to Saint Dunstan’s University, four years later and began teaching philosophy again. After six years, he was transferred to Oklahoma City, Tulsa and became the superintendent of the Catholic Schools there.
From 1941-1943, Gavan was on staff at Our Lady of Perpetual Health Cathedral.
On 28 January 1944, he became a citizen of the United States. From 1943-1953, Gavan was a pastor in Edmond, OK.
In April of 1947, Gavan returned to Prince Edward Island and visited his Alma Mater, Saint Dunstan’s. The Charlottetown Guardian wrote about his visit >“Rev. Gavan P. Monaghan, former professor at St. Dunstan’s, and now stationed in Tulsa, Oklahoma, visited the college last week. Father Monaghan’s many friends on the faculty and among the students were very happy to see him looking so well, and all wish him continued success.”(pg. 10)
From 1953 until his death, Gavan was a pastor in Chickasha, OK.
On 10 January 1959, Rev. Gavan Peter Monaghan passed away in Oklahoma City.
During his lifetime, Gavan celebrated his silver jubilee of being ordained and was made a Papal Chamberlain of Pope Pius XII. He was also regarded as “...one of the most widely known priests in the State of Oklahoma, …a noted lecturer, and …recognized as an authority in his field of education” (pg. 5, The Guardian).
Other Books in the UPEI Provenance Collection:
Dudley, Eustace. The Challenge: A Story of Conspiracy and the Coming Crash. London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1928.
1921 Census of Canada. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 105; Census Place: Charlottetown (City), Queens, Prince Edward Island; Page Number:14.
“Celebrates Silver Ordination Jubilee.” The Guardian, Charlottetown. 25 January 1949, pg. 5. Accessed through islandnewspapers.ca on 24 August 2016.
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Washington, D.C.; Manifests of Alien Arrivals at Port Huron, Michigan, February 1902-December 1954; Record Group: 85, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; Microfilm Serial: A3441; Microfilm Roll: 35.
National Archives and Records Administration; Washington, D.C.; ARC Title: Petitions 1932 - 1991; ARC Number: 731222; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States; Record Group Number: 21.
The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Series Title: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1891-1943; NAI Number: 4319742; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: T843; NARA Roll Number: 312
Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island. Prince Edward Island Birth Records. Year: 1900. Record Book Number: 2. Book Page: 48.
“The Week at S.D.U.” The Charlottetown Guardian. 19 April 1947, pg. 10. Accessed through Island Newspapers on 24 August 2016.
“The Week at S.D.U.” The Guardian: 15 October 1949, pg. 7. Accessed through Island Newspapers on 24 August 2016.
Photo from St. Dunstan's University Digital Archive. Class of 1920. Identifier, sdu:222.