Fr. Joseph Dempsey, S.J.
Fr. Joseph Dempsey who died suddenly at Corby Hall, Sunderland on December 5 was born in Glasgow in 1908 and educated at St. Aloysius' College, there. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1924 and was ordaOnincoedmipnletii9n3g8.his course of theology in 1939 he was appointed to the church staff at St. Aloysius' Church, Glasgow and remained there until 1949 with the exception of the year 1944-45 which he spent at St. Beuno's College, Tremeirchion, Flintshire. In addition to his ordinary parish work at Glasgow he was also Minister from 1946-49 and ViceRector in September 1947 pending the appointment of a new Rector. In October 1949 he was appointed parish priest and superior at St. Joseph's, Leigh, Lancashire and did great work in renovating the church in preparation for the church's centenary. Before these celebrations took place however he had a severe coronary thrombosis in October, 1955, and this necessitated a long rest and lighter work. Since May 1956 he has been attached to Corby retreats.
Two where he gave Two of his brothers are priests Fr. William Dempsey, Si., of Glasgow, and Fr, Edward Dempsey of Dundee.
Fr. J. J. Bevan, Cong. Orat.
Fr. James Johnatone Bevan, of the London Oratory, died on Monday, aged 68. kaormer Naval officer. he was received into the Church in 1913 at the Oratory by the late Fr. John Talbot, and on leaving the Navy he entered the Cong,cgation of' the Oratory, being ordained in Decent greater, part of his priestly life Fr. Bevan acted as chaplain to Broinpton Hospital and was always most assiduous in his care of the sick, while he also had a particular gift for the instructing of converts and received hundreds into the Church. Ile took a great interest in the work of the Catholic Evidence Guild and for over 20 years was a regular speaker in Hyde Park, acting also as Assistant Director of Studies for the Westminster branch.
During the last war he returned to
the Navy as 1942-45 sawtemporary and between 142 Psoawn chmehaapclatiive service both in West and in the Far East. Since the war be was much in demand as a preacher and as a giver of retreats to the clergy. Some months ago, as a result of his incessant activities. his health showed signs of failing. In October he suffered a coronary thrombosis from which he seemed to be recovering when a second attack proved fatal.
Mother St. Thomas Aquinas
Mother St. Thomas Aquinas. 13.A.. of the Convent of Our Lady of Compassion, Olton Court, Birmingham, died on Saturday at the age of 76, She was teaching the sixth form as usual the day before and had been senior English mistress in the school for 38 years. She was also editor of the school magazine. In 1905 she was awarded a Bardic Chair by the University College of Wales, 'Aberystwyth, for her poem on "Light." The chair is still in use in the Convent on important occasions.
She taught at Otton from 190E1912 and entered the Congregation in 1924 spending the rest of her life as SeniorEnglish. Latin and History
isesasa.--or 79th June. at the PresbY• tery, Marlboroiigh, aged 79. Florence Ni*. widow of Major P. E. Desist. For-tined by the Ri105 01 the Holy Church. Very much loved IDEVAN.-On 8th December. suddenly, Reverend lames Johnstone, a priest of the London Oratory, aged 69, fortified with the rites of the HelY Chlareh. A dirge at 7 p.m. on Sunday, 14th December. Requiem Mass at ll A.m. Monday, 15th December at the Oratory, South Kensington. followed by interment at Gunactsbury Cemetery. R.I.P. mc