Father Pat Ahern was a priest who helped the less fortunate children in Swaziland, and is the inspiration for Swazi Legacy.
Father Pat was born on November 10, 1930, and was one of ten children. He was ordained in July of 1960, and went on a mission to Swaziland in 1962. Once he visited Swaziland, he felt a connection to the children there. From that time on, he never left except to visit his friends and family in Ireland, and to raise funds for the education of the children of Swaziland, who held a special place in his heart.
You can read more about his work, and the efforts of the Salesian order on our page about the History of the Salesians in Swaziland.
Father Pat continued his work until his death on January 23, 2009. He is buried in his second home, Swaziland.
When Father Pat passed away, members of his family travelled to Swaziland for his burial. It was during this visit that they realized the full impact of his life-long work and how important it was to the people there. The children of Swaziland depended on him so much that they could not turn their backs on his mission, and they became inspired to continue his important work.
Swazi Legacy aims to raise funds to continue Father Pat's legacy in Swaziland. A bursery has been set up in the name of Swazi Legacy and Father Pat to house and educate the children of McCorkindale's Orphanage and Farm.