John Nolan, Cape Canaveral, FL

John Nolan's namesakes include Albert Nolan. 

Nolan was born in Cape Town, South Africa, as a fourth-generation South African of English descent. Reading the works of Thomas Merton, Nolan became attracted to the idea of religious life. Eventually he joined the Dominican Order in 1954, and studied in South Africa and Rome, where he received a doctorate.

In the 1960s, he taught theology at the Dominican training institution in South Africa, associated with the University of Stellenbosch. In the 1970s, he became the national chaplain to the National Catholic Federation of Students.

From 1976 to 1984, he was Vicar-General of the Dominicans in South Africa. In 1983, he was elected Master of the Order of Preachers. He however declined the office which would have meant transferring to his order's Rome headquarters, preferring to remain in South Africa during this decade of intense political and social transition.[2] During this period he worked for the Institute for Contextual Theology, and was involved in the circle of pastors and theologians who started the process that led to the Kairos Document in 1985.

In the 1990s, as a result of his conviction that theology must come from the grassroots level and not an academic, he started a radical church magazine called Challenge, of which he was the editor for many years. From 2000-2004, Nolan served a third term as Vicar-General of the Dominicans in South Africa.

O'NOLAN: Of this name Mr. D'Alton remarks: "The O'Nolans were a sept of the highest antiquity, especially in co. Carlow, where they gave name to the district of Fothart O'Nolan, within which, immediately after the English invasion, Hugh de Lacy erected one of those castles which his provident care designed to sentinel the Pale. A very interesting memoir of this sept is appended to the third volume of Sir Bernard Burke's Visitation of Seats and Arms. The native annals commemorate their achievements from the earliest introduction of surnames, and a succession of recorded inquisitions testifies the extent of their territory.

A cape in the Brevand County in the state of Florida, United States of America, Cape Canaveral is a place of strategic importance for the country. It is America's largest complex of launch pads and support facilities. To the north of the complex is the Kennedy Space Center of NASA, and to the south is the Air Force Station with its headquarters in the Patrick Air Base. There are a number of launch pads in the area that have been used for missile testing and launching spaceships.

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The John Nolan who lost his Enniscrone estate in Sligo as a result of the Cromwellian confiscations is thought to have neen the John Nowlin in Isle of Wight, Virginia in 1643.  These Nowlins later became Nolens.  Pierce  Nowland also lost his estates, this time in Tipperary, at the time of Cromwell.  Six of his sons emigrated to Maryland in the 1670's.  James Nowlin from Carlow was in Virginia by about 1700.

The best-known early Nolan was probably Philip Nolan from Belfast, the man who came to Spanish America in the 1790's and made three trading expeditions into the territory that was later to become Texas.  In 1801, however, he was captured and killed by the Spanish authorities.

More Nolans arrived in America during the 19th century.  Many stayed in the Eastern cities, some ventured West.  Among the latter were:

  • two Nolan brothers from Wexford, Matthew and Patrick, who came to America in the 1840's.  Both worked in the coal mines in Pennsylvania.  Patrick later headed west to Minnesota to farm.  But he died young because of black lung disease incurred in the mines. 
  • two more Nolan brothers, Andrew and John from Galway, who arrived around the same time.  In the 1850's they headed west and settled in Wisconsin.
  • and James Nolan from Galway who came in 1851.  James first moved to Ohio but later settled to farm in Illinois

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