Philip Dowley

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Fr. Philip Dowley CM, (Dean Dowley) was an Irish priest and Provincial of the Vincentians in Ireland. He was born to Maurice Dowley and Nora Corbett in 1788, Ballyknock, outside Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Waterford. In 1812, entered Maynooth as a student for his native diocese of Waterford. He was Junior then Senior appointed Dean of Maynooth College but left it in 1834 to help set up the Vincentians in Dublin. He was just appointed vice-president of Maynooth in 1834 but resigned to follow four students who had left Maynooth to set up the Vincentians. Dean Dowley became their leader.[1] In 1840, Fr. Dowley and two others made their novitiate in Paris.[2]

They set up a school in Ushers Quay in Dublin, but also a congregation house in Phibsboro, and St. Vincent's Castleknock College. In 1838, St. Peter's church was handed over to the Vincentians.

In 1848, when the province of the Congregation of the Mission was officially established in Ireland, Fr. Dowley became its first Provincial.[3]

He acted as president of the seminary in Castleknock from its foundation, and stayed in the provincial residence at the college.

He died in Castleknock on the 31st of January 1864 and was succeeded by Fr McNamara.


  1. ^ Congregation of Priests of the Mission
  2. ^ A short history of the Irish Provience - Report from the Irish Province
  3. ^ COLLOQUE - Journal of the Irish Province of the Congregation of the Mission No. 58 Winter 2009,