Michael Morrison (priest)

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Michael Morrison, and Jewish British Army Chaplin Leslie Hardman, conduct a joint service over Mass Grave number 2 at Belsen before it is filled in. April 25, 1945

Father Michael Morrison (October 1908, Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland, U.K. - April 7, 1973, Dublin, Republic of Ireland[1]) was an Irish Jesuit priest. Educated at Sexton St. Christian Brothers, and at the Jesuit Mungret College, Limerick, he trained as a Jesuit Priest.

He was teaching at Belvedere College when in 1941 during the second world war, the British army called on Irish priests to serve as chaplains.

He was a British Army chaplain associated with the allied liberation of Belsen, a notorious death camp in April 1945.[2] He made that atrocious camp into center for daily Holy Mass. Several people of varying religious persuasions attended his services.

Following the war he went to Australia working as a teacher.

He collapsed while walking up the steps in Belvedere House and Gardens and died in Jervis Street Hospital soon after in April 1973.


  1. ^ Find a Grave Memorial #125902216 archived at July 12th 2014, see findagrave.com for the current version
  2. ^ Celinscak, Mark (2015). Distance from the Belsen Heap: Allied Forces and the Liberation of a Concentration Camp. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9781442615700. 

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