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The Connells, from Donoughmore to the Carolinas: A Colonial Experience

Belmont Abbey College is pleased to announce an upcoming lecture by Mr. John O’Connell of Donoughmore, Co. Cork, Ireland, titled “The Connells, from Donoughmore to the Carolinas: A Colonial Experience.”

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Mr. John O’Connell, Historian & Genealogist

Mr. O’Connell’s lecture will discuss the history of the Connell/O’Connell family from their home in the parish of Donoughmore, Co Cork, Ireland, to the Carolinas. Their story, like that of so many Irish emigrants, was shaped by Ireland’s experience as England’s oldest colony. As a result of long-term impoverishment and the immediate effects of famine, Ireland’s poor left the country in droves during the nineteenth century. Some of those who left Ireland, including several members of the O’Connell family, ended up in the Carolinas, where they made important contributions to the local community, particularly to the development here of the Catholic Church. Not the least among this group was Fr. Jeremiah O’Connell (pictured), who made a gift of lands in Belmont, NC, to the Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey in Pennsylvania. From there, in 1876, came the first members of the community that is now Belmont Abbey.

  •  Monday, September 15, 2014
  • Grace Auditorium at Belmont Abbey College
  • 7:30 p.m.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact Dr. Patrick Wadden (patrickwadden@bac.edu).

Mr. O’Connell is a local historian and genealogist currently serving as chairperson of the Donoughmore Historical Society in County Cork, Ireland. He has a number of publications, is a contributor to the best-selling Atlas of the Great Irish Famine and is currently doing research for a forthcoming publication on the Irish War of Independence and Civil War (1916–1922). He has lived all his life in Donoughmore.

Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College focuses on the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit. Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., the College is currently home to more than 1600 students.  For more information, visit www.belmontabbeycollege.edu.

 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||

Belmont Abbey College Bids Farewell to Ted Crunkleton, Jr.

Beloved alum (’59), baseball coach, Athletic Director and Abbey Athletic Hall of Fame member, Ted Crunkleton, Jr. passed away in comfort and peace on August 18, 2014. Having served in so many ways, Ted’s impact was felt at Belmont Abbey College for many years.

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Ted Crunkleton, Jr.

He began as part of the Abbey family by coaching baseball, basketball and soccer at Sacred Heart High School and the Abbey. As the Abbey baseball coach he earned the honor of Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 1967 and also coached three All-American players during his tenure. He also went on to serve as the Belmont Abbey College Athletic Director and was recently honored in 2008 by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

“Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Ted in person, I have been afforded the privilege and honor of getting to know him through interacting with many individuals whose lives he impacted deeply and significantly. He was most often described by those who knew him best as a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, mentor, coach, veteran, athlete and friend. He will be missed by all members of the Belmont Abbey College community and our indebtedness to him is immeasurable.” said current Belmont Abbey Athletic Director Stephen Miss.

Kermit Smith former Belmont Abbey Baseball Coach and colleague recently reflected on Ted’s time at the Abbey and beyond, “our relationship began with my interest in the history of the program that he led and continued because of our friendship. We would speak on the phone several times a year about family and baseball. He was and always will be the Father of Belmont Abbey Baseball. I was honored to call him a friend.”

Join the Abbey community in lifting up Ted and his family in your prayers. Ted and Margie, his wife, had four children and six grandchildren and made their home near the shores of Lake Norman, NC. Ted will be remembered by the monks of Belmont Abbey in their prayers and a Mass offered for the repose of his soul.

Please join his family as they remember their father at Celebration of Ted’s Life on Saturday, August 30, 2014, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Good Samaritan Funeral Home 3362 N. Hwy 16, Denver, NC 28037 (704.483.2124). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Ted Crunkleton, Jr. be made to: The Levine & Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Dr, Huntersville, NC 28078.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||

BELMONT ABBEY COLLEGE REACTS TO NEW HHS MANDATE RULES

BELMONT, N.C. (August 22, 2014) — Private, non-profit, Catholic College, Belmont Abbey the first to sue regarding the HHS mandate, today announced its reaction to the new HHS Mandate Rules that create a new way for non-profit organizations like Belmont Abbey College to state their objections to the HHS required coverage.

The new rule announced today allows non-profits to notify the Department of Health and Human Services of their objections to specific coverage like contraception or abortifacients. The federal government will then contact insurers and third-party administrators to provide the coverage.

“We are still reviewing this new rule but we are hopeful that this is a move in the right direction and that the final rule will protect our conscientious objection rights and fully restore our religious liberty,’ said Belmont Abbey College president Dr. William K. Thierfelder. “We remain concerned that the new rule is still a modification of the “accommodation”, and still requires the provision of the objectionable coverage.”

The Beckett Fund who represents Belmont Abbey College in its suit against the federal government regarding its mandate had this to say: “This is latest step in the administration’s long retreat on the HHS Mandate. It is the eighth time in three years the government has retreated from its original, hard-line stance that only “houses of worship” that hire and serve fellow believers deserve religious freedom. We look forward to reviewing the new rule and its implications for the 102 cases.”

Belmont Abbey filed the first lawsuit against the HHS mandate on November 10, 2011 and refiled their lawsuit on November 20, 2013. The case is currently stayed and awaiting decision from other cases in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Friday, August 22, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||