Page 5, 18th December 1953

18th December 1953
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Page 5, 18th December 1953 — Last holiday in Ireland

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Organisations: Challoner Club in London
Locations: Birmingham


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THE happy picture above, published for the first time, shows an Archbishop who knew he was soon to die. With Cardinal Griffin is Archbishop Masterson of Birmingham. In his panegyric at the Solemn Requiem Mass in St. Chad's Cathedral he described Mgr. Masterson as "my companion for many years

and dearest friend," and said : "None can deny his greatness, but at no time was he greater than during this last year when in face of death. It was only in April last that he learned the full gravity of his illness. He accepted it unflinchingly and thanked those who broke the news to him.

"He told them not to worry, for now that he knew he was not worried himself. . .

"Last August he came with me on holiday to Ireland. Filled with cheerful patience and endeavouring to adjust himself to his new life, he came to recuperate in County Kerry, where he had spent so many holidays in the past.

"I remember one evening his standing upon the shores at Derrynarne looking wistfully at the country he loved so well and longingly at the sea.

"I can see him now, turning with resignation from this sight and walking quietly across to a group of children playing upon the sands. He had never met them before but immediately they captured his own infectious good spirits. He was a roan of simple courage."

Challoner reception

The committee of the Challoner Club in London wive a reception on Tuesday evening in honour of Sir Douglas Howard, British Minister to the Holy See. Among those who accepted invitations were the Cardinal Archbishop, Archbishop Godfrey. Archbishop Myers, the Bishops of Northampton. Brentwood a n d Southwark, and a large number of distinguished laity.

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