Born in Kilfinane, County Limerick, Ireland, on 10 July 1929, he was ordained to the priesthood on 12 April 1953. He was educated in Mount Mellery, Waterford, and then St Mary's College, Aberystwyth, where he also learnt Welsh - a rare talent for Catholic priests in Wales-, and also University College Cardiff. He was appointed an auxiliary bishop of Cardiff and Titular Bishop of Sidnacestre on 5 February 1970 having previously been mistakenly assigned the already occupied title of Glastonbury. His consecration to the Episcopate took place on 1 April 1970, the principal consecrator was Archbishop John Murphy of Cardiff, and the principal co-consecrators were Archbishop George Dwyer of Birmingham and Bishop John Petit of Menevia. He was appointed the Bishop of Menevia on 12 February 1987. He resigned on 12 June 2001 and assumed the title Bishop Emeritus of Menevia.
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John Aloysius Ward
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