HUGH FAY, K.S.G.
MANCHESTER "FRIEND OF THE CHILDREN" Hugh Fay, Knight of St. Gregoty, Justice of the Peace for the city of Manchester, " friend of children," and leading city business man, died at his home in Lapwing Lane, Didsbury, Manchester, last week. lie was 78.
A poor boy, he arrived in England from hi native County Cavan 68 years ago. Mr. Fay by industry and sagacity built up one of the leading chain grocery stores in Manchester.
For many years he was a member of the old Manchester Board of Guardians, and was its chairman when in 1929 its functions were taken up by the Public Assistance Committee. For 25 years he sat on the Manchester Magisterial Bench.
His work for Catholic charities of the Salford diocese were unending. In 1922 he became a trustee of St. Bridget's Orphanage and it) 1430, following the termination of his office as a poor law guardian, he became a member of the Council of the Salford Diocesan Rescue and Protection Society.
At the Solemn Requiem Mass, at which Bishop Marshal!, of Salford, preaided, in St. Cuthbert's Church, With ington, on Monday, Mgr. J. Canon Masterson paid' this tribute: "The work for which we Catholics are especially grateful was that in which he cooperated with the small band of Catholic Guardians to protect the faith of the Catholic destitute children who came within the care of the Guardians. We must all he grateful to him and his friends. for as a result of that work every Catholic child who came under the care of the M.anchester Board of Guardians was placed in a purely Catholic school, a position, I believe, at the time. unique in this country.
" For his great work in this respect the late Holy Father. Pope Pius XL honoured him in 1929 by making him a Knight of St. Gregory."
Mr. Fay's youngest son, Fr. Vincent Fay, now a chaplain to the Forces, sang the Requiem Mass.
The death of Mr. John McKnight occurred at his home at Muswell Hill, London, on April 4. Born in Penkridge, Staffs., of an old Catholic Staffordshire family, in 1936 he became President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Superior Council for England and Wales. ,
REV. J. KIELY
BACUP RECTOR, DIED AS RESULT OF ACCIDENT The Rev. John Kiely (88), rector of St. Mary's Church, Bacup, for thirty years, died on Saturday on the eve of his golden jubilee as a priest. He would have reached his fiftieth anniversary in June.
Fr. Kiely had been a member of Bacup Education Committee for several years, and at the inquest (Fr. Kiely having fractured his thigh by a fall at the Rectory). Coroner F. Rowland paid a tribute to his work and character. Returning a verdict of " accidental death," he said Fr, Kitty Was well respected not only by members of his own Faith but by people associatedewith other churches in the district. They greatly regretted his death by this mishap.
Fr. Kiely WAS the .oldest parish priest in the Salford diocese and was a late vocation.
Born at Ballygriggen, in the diocese of Cloyne, Eire, on September 16, 1855, he was educated at Notre Dame de Montbel, France, and St. John's College, Waterford. Following his ordination on June 17, 1894, he came to the Salford diocese and served successively as a curate at St, Ann's, Blackburn, Holy Family, Manchester, St. Mary's, Radcliffe, end St. Mary's, Oldham, before becoming chaplain to the Little Sisters of the Poor in Manchester. In 1902 he was appointed parish priest at St. Bonlface's, Lower Broughton, Salford, remaining there until, in 1913, he was transferred to St. Mary's, Bacup.
Solemn Dirge on Wednesday and Solemn Requiem Mass on Thursday at St. Mary's, Bacup, preceded the interment at Bacup cemetery.
REV. F. HEAD
SOUTHAMPTON CURATE VICTIM OF COLLISION There died in a Southampton hospital on March 31 the Rev. Francis Head, assistant priest at St. Patrick's, Woolston. On the preceding Tuesday he was riding an auto-cycle when be was in collision with a lorry. He received head injuries.
Father Head, who was 34, was appointed to St. Patrick's about two months ago after his ordination at Winchester.
FR. CALLISTUS HENRY, C.P.
NOTED CONFESSOR AT HIGHGATE The death has occurred in Dublin after a short illness of Fr. Callistus Henry, C.P., who was born at Belfast in April • 1067, ordained in August, 1840. and who spent many years in Australia, where he held Alec as Provincial Consultor.
He returned to England in 1919, and was stationed at St. Joseph's, Highgate, where he was a popular confessor. A few months ago he went to Dublin.
FR. HERBERT GREENAN, C.P.
WELL-KNOWN MISSION PREACHER Fr. Herbert Greenan, C.P., who died on Easter Sunday, and was buried at St. Joseph's, Highgate, yesterday, was born in Dublin on March 24, 1879, and was ordained at Westminster. Cathedral on February 27, 1904.
For many yearshe was vicar at Highgate, and was famous as preacher and missioner. giving missions throughout England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, as well as throughout the United States.
He was the author of Preachers of the Passion, a history of his own Pa ssion ist .Order,
ABBESS CLARE OF THE PASSION
BROUGHT POOR CLARES AND FRIARS MINOR TO LIVERPOOL Solemn Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of the Rev, Mother Abbess Clare of the Paesion, formerly Miss Amy Elizabeth Rosalie Imrie, was celebrated in Sclerdcr Abbey, Lone, Cornwall, on Easter Monday. Abbess Clare died on Tuesday, April 4, aged 74 years.
Born October 4, 1870, at Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiane, where her father held a Government position, she was brought up in Liverpool by Fr, Bede Wrigley, 0.F.M., in 1892. Miss Imrie was greatly devoted to the Franciscan Order, and wished to enter it as a Poor Clare, and also to make foundations both for the Claresses and for the Friars, to pray and work amongst the poor of Liverpool. The former project had to be deferred, but she set about the latter at once.
She set up the convent of Poor Clues at Wootton, Liverpool, in 1902, which was subsequently remo ed to it present site in Green Lane, Mossley Hill, Liverpool, and began negotiations with the authorities of the archdiocese and the order to make a foundation for the Friars.
In 1907 Miss Imrie became a Poor Clare at Bullingham, Hereford, where she held the position of Sacristan for nearly 20 years. In 1917 she was sent with six others to establish a convent at Crapstone, Yelverton, Devon, where in the following year she became the first Abbess. Meanwhile the negotiations concerning a house of the First Order were bearing fruit, and a fowl-, dation for the Friars was inaugurated on May 18. 1907, at the Friary and church. of St. Mary of the Angels, Foy Street. Liverpool.
This very handsome church, which, according to her wish, was erected in thc Roman style, is a modification of the great Franciscan sanctuary of Ara Coeli in Rome. Its foundation-stone was laid in 1909 and it was solemnly opened on October 4 of the following year.
The Friary was badly damaged by enemy action in May, 1941.
Abbess .Clare is also to be counted foundress of another Liverpool community of Poor Clares, that of Formby, more recently removed to Leyland, and she gave her own house in Green Lane to the Sisters of Nazareth for a
hospital for incurables. Besides these and other extensive benefactions to the archdiocese of Liverpool, sbe is part foundress and builder of the church at IBeatmearis.
A Holy Week Mission, arranged' by Fr. K. Meiklem, parish priest, and Fr. F. J. Waters, American Army chaplain, was preached at Blandford last week by two Benedictine Fathers, Dom Leander Donovan and Dom Brendan Lavery, of Downside Abbey. Every available portion of the church, seats, aisles and sanctuary was crowded to overflowing for all services, and more than 700 received the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion during Holy Week and Easter.