Page 9, 15th December 1939

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Fr. Joseph Reilly, S.J.

AFTER LIFE OF MANY LABOURS DIES IN HARNESS We regret to announce the. death on Tuesday, December 12, of Fr. Joseph Reilly, S.J., of the Sacred Heart Church, Burley Road, Leeds, at the age of 75.

Fr. Joseph Reilly was born in Glasgow on July 21, 1864. He WIII3 educated at the College of St. Aloysius, Glasgow, and joined the Society of Jesus at Roehamptort on January 13, 1883.

After the usual course of studies he taught at. Mount St. Mary's, near Sheffield, from 1887 till 1892. He was ordained priest at St. Beuno's, July 31, 1896.

The forty-three years of his priestly life were spent entirely on the miusions in England.

He was at St. Francis Xavier's, Liverpool, from 1896 to 1898; at St. Mary's on the Quay, Bristol, from 1898 to 1902; at St. Joseph's, Leigh, from 1902 to 1911; at St. Ignatius', Preston, from 1911 to 1915. He went to St. Joseph's, North Woodside Road, Glasgow, in 1915 and remained there until 1931, when the mission was handed over to the Archbishop of Glasgow.

After 1931, Fr. Reilly was for a year at Holy Cross Church, St. Helens, after which he went as superior in Oetober, 1932, to the Sacred Heart Church, Leeds, where he remained until his death.

Fr. J. V. McGhie, C.R.P.

A TYPICAL EXAMPLE OF JOVIAL MONK A typical example of the jovial monk," the Rev. Fr. James Vincent MeGhie, C.R.P., the oldest member of the community of Corpus Christi Pricny, Miles Platting, Manchester, died on Sunday in hie 71st year.

Fr. McGhic was born in Manchester in December, 1858, and was an old boy of St. Patrick's parish, Livesey Street, Manchester. His was a late vocation for the priesthood, and prior to joining the Order in 1895 he was in business for a few years.

He pursued his studies at the mother house of the Order, Tongerloo Abbey, Belgium, where he was ordained priest in 1901. His first appointment was to the English Norbertine House at Spalding, Lincolnshire, but after two years there he was transferred to Manchester.

Fr. McGhie had been in failing health for some time, but his end came quickly. He had celebrated Mass right up to Thursday of last week.

The Rev. T. Verity

WELL-KNOWN LANCASHIRE PRIEST We regret to record the death on Wednesday, December 6, of the Rev. Thomas Verity, parish priest at Pilling, near Preston, Lanes, after a short illness.

Fr. Verity, who was one of the bestknown priests in the Over-Wyre district, was born in Lancaster. He was educated at the Old Middle School, Lancaster, St. Edward's College, Liverpool, and Cotton College; and he made his later studies for the priesthood at Upholland.

It was here that he was ordained in the year 1901. After seven years' work at St. Augustine's, Preston, he had so serious a breakdown in health that he was on sick leave for some years.

In June, 1915, however, he was appointed to St. William's, Pilling, with which his life's work is associated, and next year he wolald have celebrated the silver jubilee of his ministry there.

Mgr. T. E. Flynn, Bishop of Lancaster, was present at the requiem Mass at Pilling, which preceded the interment there on Saturday last.

Fr. John Apel, S.J.

At the age of 78 Fr. John Apel died or December 12 in South Africa, where he had spent 50 years of his life. A full obituary notice will appear in our next issue.

Mr G. Gurney


Mr Gerald Gurney died at his home, 21, Denbigh Road, on Decem ber 11, fortified by the last rites of the Church.

Born in 1862 in Paris, where his father was chaplain at the English Embassy, he was educated at Brighton College and Oxford.

He went on the stage in 1886 and left It to take Anglican orders in 1905. Renouncing a good living he was received into the Church at Farnborough Abbey in 1919 with his wife, Dorothy Frances, granddaughter of Bishop Blomfield, of London, and the wellknown poetess, whom he had married in 1897.

For the last twenty years he has been connected with many Catholic activities, the chief being the Interval Club, the Converts' Aid Society and the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom.

He was keenly interested in history and the classics, being gifted with a wonderful memory for names and facts.

His generosity was boundless to all.

Mrs S. E. Strand

WAS BORN AND DIED IN SHOWMAN'S CARAVAN Mrs Sarah E. Strand, aged 78 years, was born in a showman's caravan and has died in one.

Recognised as one of the best-known travellers in the North, her death following a motor accident is much regretted by her many friends.

A staunch member of the Church, her funeral at Whitehaven was largely attended, and Dom A. Lightbound, 0.S.B., officiated.

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