prefect apostolic


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prefect apostolic

n. pl. prefects apostolic Roman Catholic Church
A priest with broad jurisdiction in a missionary territory.
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He falls in with and gains support from influential Irish priests in Rome 18 July: O'Flynn is absolved by Pope Pius VII and becomes a secular priest 19 August: New South Wales enters the picture via the Irish Franciscan in Rome, Richard Hayes, whose brother Michael lives in Sydney 9 September: O'Flynn appointed Prefect Apostolic of 'Bottanibe' (Botany Bay) by the Congregation of Propaganda Fide Late- September: O'Flynn arrives in Cork where he meets the priest John England who advises him to make sure he gets the approval of the Colonial Office before he goes to NSW October- November: Visits the O'Flynn family in Tralee Mid-December: Arrives back in London 1817 7 February: O'Flynn avoids Bishop Poynter, whom Propaganda had ignored in O'Flynn's appointment.
Much of Wiltgen's account centres on the somewhat tragic story of the Milanese missionary Paolo Reina, the second Prefect Apostolic of Melanesia, who was eventually sent to Hong Kong after early, short-lived Melanesian work faltered.
It draws on new research on the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland and Father James Dixon's role (or lack of it), as well as his career as the first Prefect Apostolic of New Holland.