Fr Lawrence Littlefair FR LAWRENCE Littlefair has died after 46 years service as a Montford Missionary in Malawi.
Born in Southport in 1924 he was ordained priest in 1950 and immediately set out for Africa where he spent all the years of his priestly life. His first appointment was to the Nankhunda seminary in the Shire vicariate in Malawi. Later he became diocesan education secretary. Much of his work in education is now being reflected in the numbers of native priests being ordained.
To be involved in parish work was his overriding desire; to be with the people in all aspects of their life encouraging, inspiring and consoling.
He founded Mphiri parish among the poor and isolated. Later, after independence, he founded the parish of St Charles Lwanga in the centre of Zomba Township. Here he used his aptitude for organising and planning among the many tribes who came to his inner-city type parish.
His subsequent years at the Cathedral parish of the Sacred Heart in Zomba saw him cope with work in the hospitals, prisons and army barracks.
For many years he was Montfort Regional Superior in Malawi. He died shortly after returning to England due to illness. This prayer was found among his possessions and was obviously very dear to him: I asked God for strength that I might Achieve; I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do great things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy; I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men; I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God. I asked for all things that I might enjoy life; I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, But everything that I hoped for. Almost despite myself
My unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men most richly blessed.
Fr Wilfrid Kelly WILFRID KELLY was born in Liverpool on 20 September 1912. His early education was at St Edward's College before studies for the priesthood at St Cuthbert,'s College, Ushaw. He was ordained on 24 July 1938 at St Alexander's Church, Bootle.
After ordination, he served as assistant priest at All Saints Church, Anfield, moving in August 1959 to Sacred Heart, Liverpool. In August 1963 he became parish priest of St Patrick's, St Helen's where he remained until his retirement in September 1988. He died on Monday 2 September in Ormskirk Hospital.