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Archbishop Gillet : an appreciation

FR. Hilary J. Carpenter, 0.P.,

Provincial of the Dominicans and one of the very few Englishmen who was apersonal friend of Archbishop Gillet, the former General of the Order who died last week, paid this tribute to his memory on Tuesday :

" In himself he was an extremely kindly and friendly man, although he could prove firm and even dogmatic when he felt a principle to be at stake. For those who suffered or who were ever in any difficulty, he had always a great deal of sympathy and understanding.

" As General of the Order, his outstanding quality was his great vision. When he took over, he applied his whole mind to the work

of the modern apostolate. He insisted that more and more young Dominicans should receive specialist training, and undoubtedly this policy has been fruitful.

SOCIAL STUDIES "Hs own particular leaning was towards social studies; he wrote many books, and his foundation of the French Catholic Theatre Union in Paris was largely instrumental in bringing Catholic influences to bear on the stage in that country."

Fr. Carpenter last saw Archbishop Gillet in April, at the time of the canonisation of the Tonkin Martyrs.

A close friend of the Holy Father, the former General Was made Titular Archbishop of Nicea in 1946 when his term of office ended. At that time he was also appointed Consulator of the Sacred Congregation of Seminaries and Universities.

Born 75 years ago, near Verdun, in France, the son of a farmer, he joined the Dominicans when he was 22, and was elected French Provin cial in 1927. Two years later he became General of the Order. He helped to promote the canonisation of St. Albert the Great, mentor and teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas.




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