11 June 2005
Fr Richard (Rickie) Devine SMA
Fr Rickie Devine SMA was born in Keash, Ballymote, Co Sligo on 14 August 1931, the eldest of seven children, two sons and five daughters, of Thomas Devine and Mary Kate Shields. He received his secondary education at Summerhill College, Sligo and St Joseph’s SMA College, Wilton, Cork 1945-1951. He came to the SMA Spiritual Year programme at Cloughballymore, Kilcolgan, Co Galway in 1951. Following this he became a member of SMA on 2 July 1953. He completed his studies for the priesthood at SMA College, Dromantine, Newry, Co Down and was ordained priest on 18 December 1956 in St Colman’s Cathedral, Newry.
Following the completion of his studies in 1957 he was assigned as a missionary to Nigeria, to Ondo Diocese. He worked there until 1972 when the diocese was divided and continued working in the new diocese of Ekiti until 1983. A