Fr Liam Ganly
MILL HILL MISSIONARIES are mourning the sudden loss of a member of their General Council, Fr Liam Anthony Ganly, who died in his sleep on the night of October 3rd. He was the son of Thomas and Eileen Ganly, born in County Longford.
At 42, Fr Ganly was the youngest of the team of Councillors and had been elected by the General Chapter of the Society in the summer of 2000, with particular responsibility for the Society's apostolate in Asian countries, and for the formation of missionary candidates.
Fr Liam himself had been one of a team of Mill Hill Missionaries serving among the Kuttchikoli people in the Sindh Province of Pakistan.
On his return from Asia he became a member of the formation staff at St. Joseph's College, Mill Hill, the Society's headquarters.
As a General Councillor, he continued to reside at Mill Hill, and it was there, when he failed to arrive for a Council meeting, that he was found to have died.
His family were immediately informed, including his younger brother, Fr Declan Garay, a Mill Hill Missionary serving in Kenya.
The funeral of Fr Liam will take place in his hometown.
Fr Declan O'Toole FOR THE THIRD time this year the Mill Hill Missionaries are coming to terms with the loss of one of their young Irish missionaries.
Fr Declan O'Toole, aged 31, was killed, along with his two Uganda co-workers, earlier in the year.
Fr Liam Holohan
FR LIAM HOLOHAN, a Mill Hill missionary who had served in the overseas missions in South America in Chile and Brazil, died prematurely of cancer at the age of 47.
A full obituary will follow later this month.
Canon Cecil Phillips
CANON CECIL PHILLIPS died on Sunday 6 October, just after Benediction at St Joseph's Home in Newcastle. He was 100 years of age. Fr Bill Bellamy was with him when he died.
Cecil Phillips was born in Heaton, Newcastle on 6 April 1902 and was baptised at St Dominic's. He studied at St Cuthbert's Grammar School and then trained as a chartered accountant. He worked with Price Waterhouse for nine years until in 1933 he applied to the diocese to become a priest. He was sent to study at the Beth College in Rome and was ordained priest in the city on 22 May 1937.
His first appointment was as assistant priest at St Thomas Aquinas, Darlington where he served from 28 August 1937 until 5 November 1938 when he moved to St Francis, Newcastle and was appointed as the part-time assistant to the diocesan treasurer.
On 19 August 1939 he was promoted to diocesan treasurer and was responsible for setting up many of the fmancial and book keeping systems within the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.
In December 1942, he moved to the convent of La Sagesse, Newcastle as their chaplain. He was made Canon on 6 September 1955 and Provost of the Chapter in June 1976.
On 11 March 1950 he was appointed parish priest of St George's, Bell's Close, while still remaining diocesan treasurer until he handed over that office to Canon Barrass in February 1976.
He continued to serve the people as parish priest until he retired on 7 October 1980 and went to live at St Joseph's Home under the care of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Canon Phillip's Requiem Mass and funeral were celebrated at St Joseph's chapel on Friday 11 October followed by burial in the grounds of the home.
Joan Bartlett OBE DSG MISS JOAN BARTLETT OBE, DSG died on 9 September.
Joan was a leading Catholic woman of her generation. She was born in London on 1 August 1911. During the Second World War she worked in the European Broadcasting division of the BBC and at night she was a commandant of a Red Cross detachment with responsibility for 60 VADs. She was a fervent anglocatholic but under the guidance of Fr Gerard Corr OSM, she was received inot the Church in 1941. She became a Servite Tertiary.
Joan though that God wanted her to lead a consecrated life but at that time the only option was to enter a convent. However a very clear message came to her through Fr Corr that she must live a vow life in the world. This was the beginning of the Servite Secular Institute. In 1947 the Motu Proprio Provida Mater was published totally endorsing the Secular Institute Way of Life.
At that time, she opened a residential home for the elderly homeless having been inspired by hearing the late Violet Markham speak at Caxton Hall about the plight of the homeless who had been bombed out during the war.
The Servite Order lent Joan £8000 and together with funds from the Air Raid Distress Fund and the American Services Fund she purchased a property in The Boltons, in Kensington, London. Later, with financial help from Albert Oppenheimer CBE, a Servite home for disabled people was established in Ealing.
Joan was a woman of vision, always ahead of her time and as housing needs changed she went on to a number of imaginative housing projects. Residential homes were replaced with sheltered housing schemes in London and across the UK. There was a project for the single homeless, for students, for those with Alzheimer's.
Joan was never afraid to give things up when they had outlasted their purpose. The homes in The Boltons and Ealing closed but she remained involved in Servite Housing until her death, devoting her final years to fund-raising for the Association and several other charities.
Throughout this time the SSI continued to grow. It was erected as a Secular Institute throughout the diocese of Westminster and received Aggregation to the Servite Order in 1964. It received Pontifical Recognition in 1979 the Constitutions received final approval in 1994. Members make vows and live a life of prayer and service in the world.
As a Servite ( Servant of Mary) Joan walked with Mary. She learned to be attentive to the needs of her time and to stand at the foot of so many crosses of despair and loneliness. In her recent book Brushing Eternity, Joan wrote about death: "Intensity, deepening in intensity, In the cool grey walls, silence.
In the human heart Silence and adoration Behold I have lost my being, I have brushed eternity."