Fr. Joseph Keating
FOR TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS EDITOR OF " THE MONTH"
A few hours before his seventyfourth birthday Fr. Joseph Keating, S.J., the Editor of the Month, passed Peacefully from this life at St. Augustine's Nursing Home, St.
',collards-on-Sea. He had been unwell since the early summer of last year, though in spite of this illness he was still able to direct and even to contribute to the review with which his name has been for so long associated. A sudden chill caught three weeks ago aggravated his condition and hastened the end.
Fr. Keating was born of Irish parentage a' Dundee in Scotland on March 6, 1865. He was at school at Stonyhurst, for which he retained a sincere affection, being joint author with the late Fr. George Gruggen, Sea, of the new history of that college, published in 1901.
He entered the Society of Jesus on September 7, 1883, and followed the usual sequence of noviceship, rhetoric and philosophy, the first two periods being spent at Manresa House, Roeharnpton, the third at St. Mary's Hall, a few hundred yards away from his old
school. • In 1887, for this was prior to the foundation of Campion Hall at Oxford, he took his degree externally at the University of London. From 1891 until 1896 he taught at Beaumont College; for the next four years devoted himself to theology, being ordained in 1899; spent a year of tertianship at Tronchiennes in Belgium from 1900 to 1901; and finally taught for two further spells, at Stamford Hill, where he was also Prefect of Studies, from 1901 to 1904, and at Stonyhurst from 1904 until 1907.
In 1907 he was summoned to Farm Street to assist Father John Gerard in the editing of the Month. Five years later he became its sole editor. Sine then his activity has been largely of a literary character. His regular articles, a number of books and pamphlets on current questions, together with editorial comments which were widely appreciated for their sound judgment and truly Catholic instinct., won for 'him a wide circle of admirers and friends.
But this was not all. For many years he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Catholic Truth see;.ety and an ardent collaborator in its work of religious defence. Ile was a friend of the Catholic Social Guild from its earliest days and never hesitated to insist upon the social teaching of the Popes long before this was adequately recognised and understood. He made a special point of attending the Oxford Summer School, if only for a day or two, in order to manifest his sympathy with and real interest in Catholic social effort.
The Catholic Council for International Relations knew that they possessed in him a friend and adviser, reedy always to lecture for them and to preach to a wider public the sound principles of international peace and co-operation.
With Father Cuthbert Lattey, S.J., of Heythrop College, he was co-editor of the Westminster Version of the Old and New Testaments, a translation made from the Hebrew and the Greek originals. He lived to see the completion of the New Testament version, signalised in October. 1938. by a. letter of congratulation from Cardinal Hinsley who commended the work " to the English-speaking faithful as an excellent means of increasing the knowledge of the Scriptures and thereby of deepening their spiritual life."
BY FR. JOHN MURRAY,5.3,
Fr. John Murray, who for some years has been Assistant Editor of the Month, writes: It. is hoped that Fr. Thurston, S.J., a co-worker with Father Keating for snore than thirty years, will be able to contribute a fuller appreciation to the April number of the month. Meanwhile, these few lines may serve a personal tribute.
I first met him in 1925 in Rome where he had come for a Congress of Catholic Editors. I was summoned to act as cicerone to himself and an English-speaking colleague on an excuse. sion to the Alban Hills, and I succeeded in losing both of them for a quarter of an hour between the top and bottom of the Rocca di Papa. He was then vigorous and active, rode a bicycle in London long after motor traffic had robbed it of its quiet joys, and spent many a day of his hard-earned summer reet tramping over Connernera hills, Indeed, he was well known in Ireland, as he gave retreats there during the summer, and acted as chaplain during part of August at Kylernore Abbey in the West.
His was a really Christian blend of a certain personal austerity and consider.able kindness to others. He was more severe in his own regard than ever he
would be in theire. That he was regular and devoted to his work scarcely needs mention: but he was sympathetic towards the young writer, encouraging where he could, and when he had to return a manuscript, he did so not with the offhand manner of one used to the routine, but almost, with a, touch of personal regret.
Though he had a ready wit and was an admirable raconteur, he was a writer rather than a speaker. His style was lucid and graceful: he had a sensitive ear for rhythm and correct expression and was a poet of no ordinary quality. Indeed, it has been said that a real poet was lost to literature when he devoted himself to an editor's work. Sound and balanced his comments always were and tempered with remarkable Christian charity. No prejudice, no pre-conceived idea was allowed to cross the path of his
measured judgment. It was said of St. Peter Canisius that he possessed a sixth sense which detected at once ideas and thoughts that were ever so slightly un-Catholic in significance or consequences.
Father Keating was blessed with a similar fineness of distinction between what was wholly Catholic and what contained an element of the unorthodox
or dangerous. In this latter case he was outspoken and did not hesitate to warn and to condemn. • His was a holy zeal for the interests of the faith: he would expose any thinking that was muddled or insincere. Throughout all his work—and this was its inner secret, a secret it was not difficult to discover—there ran the thread of loyalty to what was Catholic in the finest sense and of genuine apostolic endeavour.
May he rest in the peace of God.
HIS SON A PRIEST—THREE DAUGHTERS NUNS
By the death on March 1, at the age of 93, of Mr Matthias Fehrenbach, the parish in charge of the Salesian Fathers at Farnborough, Hampshire, has lost one of its oldest and most respected parishioners.
Mr Fehrenbach, who originally came from Germany, had lived in the parish for a very great number of years and, until blindness 'and the increasing Infirmities of old ago had compelled him to retire, had carried on a successful business as a jeweller.
He wee zealous, a loyal woeker for the Church, and in his private life extremely devout.
Three of his sisters were nuns, and his son, the late Father Edmund Fehrenbach, 0.8,13., was a priest at Farnborough Abbey, whilst three of his daughters, all still living, are nuns, one at Hillside Convent, Farnborough, one in France and another in Belgium. Yet another daughter is organist at the Salesian Church, Farnborough; The funeral on Saturday last WRS a splendid tribute to his memory. Clergy present besides the rector of the Salesian parish, included Benedictieee from Farnborough Abbey, headed by the Abbot, the Right Rev. B. du Boisrouvray, 0.S.B., the Rev. E. Muldoon, S.C. The body of the church was filled by a very large congregation, including a strong representation of the students from the Salesian College.
The burial took place in the grave of his wife at the Victoria Road Cemetery, North Farnborough.
Mrs Leonard Buxton
WIFE OF DISTINGUISHED ANTHROPOLOGIST
A Requiem Mass was celebrated at the Church of St. Aloysiue, Oxford, on Wednesday last, for the soul of Mrs Leonard Buxton, who died on March 4 at her residence ill Woodstock Road. The deceased lady was Marie Louise, daughter of the late Colonel Louis Morton Montgomery, of St. Louis, U.S.A. She married a distinguished anthropologist, Leonard Halford Dudley Buxton, D.Sc., Fellow and Bursar of Exeter College, Oxford.
Both Dr. and Mrs Buxton were recently seized with influenza, which itt each case proved fatal. Mrs Buxton's death was followed by that of Leonard Buxton on the following day, and on Wednesday the bodies of husband and wife were carried to the grave.
MISS 31. U. S. 1V2ISON
Miss Maude Urquhart Sandys Wason, of Littlehamptore who died on December 31, left estate to the value of f3,012, with net personalty £2,981.
Her bequests include #700 to the Franciscan Convent, and 1300 to St. Catherine's Church, at Littlehampton, and £200 to the Converts' Aid Society.
MISS F. E. LEES Under the will of Miss-Florence Elizabeth Lees, Northenden, Cheshire (£2,344; n.p. 11,016), legacies of £0 each are left to the Mother Superior of the Cenacle Convent in South Manchester, Birmingham Oratory, St, Hilda's, ,Northenden, and—for the relief of the poor—to the Superior of the Church of the Holy Name, Manchester.
Miss Lees also bequeathed a plot of ground in the City of Manchester to be used as a park or open space.