Matthias Bodkin

Chaplain, Author

1896 – 1973

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Who was Matthias Bodkin?

Matthias Bodkin aka Matthias McDonnell Bodkin, Jesuit priest and author, 26 June 1896 – 2 November 1973.

Bodkin was a son of Matthias McDonnell Bodkin but never used his middle name, to differentiate himself from his father. He served as a Royal Navy chaplain during the Second World War, in Derry and aboard HMS Anson in the Pacific.

He was a prolific writer on religious subjects, but also adventure stories for boys. His most acclaimed work was a biography of John Sullivan, a fellow Jesuit, published as The Port of Tears in 1954.

In later life, his eyesight began to fail, so he turned to retreat work and councilling. He died in Dublin.

He was a brother of Thomas Bodkin, and a descendant of the Tribes of Galway.

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Born
Jun 26, 1896
Also known as
  • Mathias Bodkin
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Died
1973

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on July 23, 2013

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