Our brother, Matthias Jerome Walsh was a long time missionary in Nigeria. He arrived in Nigeria in the mid to late 1950s and worked in the Prefecture, and later, Diocese of Sokoto until after the troubles of 1966. At the time I arrived in Nigeria in 1968, Fr. Walsh was the Novice Master at the newly established novitiate for Dominican Clerical Brothers in Ibadan, in southwestern Nigeria. Matt Walsh, as he was known, was a dynamic preacher and energetic missionary. He found it easy to mix with the local people and made many friends. After serving many years as novice master in Ibadan, he was once again working in the Cathedral parish in Sokoto in the mid 1970s. He worked freely among the people, but after the coup that toppled Murtala Mohammed, someone accused him of helping plan the coup of February 1976. After many interrogations by government officials nothing was found to link him with the coup, but he was told he was not wanted in the country. Father Walsh left Nigeria finally in August 1976. After some years, his name was cleared and he did visit Nigeria one more time. His many friends still remember him.
– Contributed by Fr. Gilbert Thesing, O.P.