Mgr. Emery is 86
MGR. LEONARD EMERY, Rector of Oscott College, the Birmingham archdiocesan seminary, has been forced by ill-health to resign. He is 86, and was ordained 61 years ago.
Born in 1875, Mgr. Emery was educated at Cotton and Oscott. He served as curate at Leamington Spa, then at Cotton as Prefect of Discipline. After service at Walsall and Langton, he opened the parish of St. Elizabeth at Coventry in 1912, built schools, a presbytery and a church.
He was appointed Rector of Oscott in 1935 after the elevation of Mgr. Dey to the Episcopate, and became a Domestic Prelate in 1941. With Mgr. Davis, and later with Mgt Foster, as Vice-Rector, has governed the College ever since. He lectured in pastoral theology and sacred rites.
From 1932-35, Fr. Emery was Rural Dean of Coventry and in 1934 was made Honorary Canon of St. Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, becoming a Canon in 1937. When he celebrated his golden jubilee in 1950, be was made a Protonotary Apostolic.