Page 8, 18th June 1954

18th June 1954
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Page 8, 18th June 1954 — 3 V.G.s FOR FORCES

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Locations: Gosport


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Senior chaplains named

A RCHBISHOP MATHEW, the finew Ordinary of H.M. Forces, has named three Vicars General—the present Senior Chaplains of the Services. They will in future have the title of Rt. Rev. Monsignor.

Mgr. William Shepherd. 0.B.E., is Vicar General for the Royal Navy, Mgr. Alfred E. S. Blount for the Army, and Mgr. Patrick O'Connell for the Royal Air Force.

Mgr. Shepherd, a priest of the Ply-, mouth diocese, was appointed Senior Chaplain four years ago. For about six years he served with the Mediterranean Fleet, and during and after the war in the Gosport area and with the Home Fleet.

Mgr. Blount, an old Stonyhurst boy and a priest of the Westminster diocese, has been a chaplain for 18 years. During the war he served in the Middle East, and afterwards in India.

Mgr. O'Connell. also of the Westminster diocese, has been Principal Catholic Chaplain of the R.A.F. for four years. A chaplain for 18 years, he served during the war with the Mediterranean Allied Force and afterwards in Southern Rhodesia.

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