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Fr Vivian Ferran: Northern Ireland priest who gave devoted service in South America

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A Northern Ireland-born priest who spent his whole working life in South America has died.

The Reverend Fr Vivian Ferran, who was 64, was a member of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (SAC).

He served in Argentina for 40 years.

Vivian Ferran was born in Dungannon on August 5, 1953, and made his First Consecration on September 12, 1972. He was ordained on June 11, 1977, and spent his entire ministry with the SAC in Argentina.

Fr Ferran died suddenly last week following a heart attack.

A funeral Mass and a second funeral service took place last Friday in the Churches of San Patricio, Belgrano and Mercedes, with interment afterwards in the Pallotine Cemetery at Mercedes, Argentina.

He is survived by his mother Patricia, brother Declan, sisters Odette, Finvolla and Antoinette, and the extended family.

The SAC, more popularly-known as the Pallottines, was founded in 1835 by a Roman priest, Saint Vincent Pallotti.

He was Beatified in 1950 by Pope Pius XII and Canonised by Pope John XXIII in 1963 during the Second Vatican Council.

The aim of the SAC is to increase collaboration among priests and laity.

It currently has 2,300 members in more than 300 communities based in over 40 countries, and includes an Irish province.

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