Blessing of SMA deceased at Ikoyi Cemetery, Lagos, Nigeria
SMA priests gathered on 3 December, the Feast of St Francis Xavier, Patron of the Missions, to bless the Burial Vault for deceased SMA and OLA missionaries.
Eighteen SMA priests are buried there, including two from Ireland – Fr William Connaughton (died in 1887 at the age of 34) and John P Mooney (the last to be buried there in 1959, aged 49). One Italian SMA (Giovanni Battista Artero, died in 1872 aged 34) and sixteen French SMA priests are also buried in the Vault.
Several OLA Sisters, from Ireland and France, also rest there. See pictures here.