Page 7, 19th December 1958

19th December 1958
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Page 7, 19th December 1958 — 'A PILLAR OF THE C.E.G.'

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An appreciation of Fr. J. J. Bevan R. W. J. RANDALL adds the following words of appreciation to She obituary notice for Fr. J. J. Bevan, Cong. Orat., which was published last week. Fr. Randall writes:

would like to add my quota to the appreciation of a great priest who has passed hence: Fr. J. J. Bevan, of the London Oratory. For the sake of space I will restrict myself to one point, concerning which I knew him personally the Catholic Evidence

In this Fr. Bevan was a great pillar and a most active worker for many years. During the period when very few priests were available for the C.E.G. platform Fr. Bevan was a regular speaker at Hyde Park. His clarity and charm combined to render him a memorable figure. He was also assiduous as a Guild Examiner, and, if I recall rightly, became the Guild's Priest Director after the death of Canon John Arcndzen.

He gave the Guild of his best, and know that they will mourn the loss they have suffered. May his great reot in pence.

Fr. Alphonsus


Fr. Alphonsus S.C.J., the fourth Superior General of the Sacred Heart Fathers (St. Quentin). died on December 13.

Fr. Lellig was born in Konz, Germany, in 1909, and ordained in 1936. During World War II he served as a chaplain in the German Army, and was captured by the Russians and put in a prison camp, from which be escaped.

He was Provincial of the German Province when he Was elected the Superior General of the Society in 1954. After his election he made a tour of all the Society's houses in England,

He became ilt whilst on visitation in the Congo, and died within a few days. The funeral took place in Rome on December 16.

Fr. Charles Knowles

Fr. Charles Knowles, M.A., parish priest of St. Winifred's, Heaton Mersey, died on December 11.

Born in 1898 at Ribchester, Lancashire, Fr. Knowles was educated at St. Bede's College, Manchester, St. Cuthbert'si Ushaw, and Cambridge Universtty. He studied for the priesthood in France. and was ordained in 1923 at the Church of SS. Peter and Paul, Ribchester.

In 1924 he was appointed Professor at St. Bede's College, and in 1938 he became Vice-Rector there. In 1950 he was appointed parish priest of St. Marie's, Bury. and Dean of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Deanery.

Fr, Knowles served as Administrator of St. Anselm's, Whitworth, from 1954 to 1955, when he took up his last position, that of parish priest of St. Winifred's, Heaton Mersey,

Bro. Martin MacCarthy

Headmaster of the Xaverian Colkge, Manchester. for more than 30 years until retiring in 1955, Brother Martin died last week at the age of 68.

More than 600 boys, old boys and friends of the college lined the funeral procession route from St. Edward's Church, adjoining the school in Rusholme, last Saturday.

Brother Martin, whose family name was MacCarthy, was born in County Mayo, He joined the Xaverian Brothers in Manchester in 1910, became superior in 1923, and was appointed first prefect of studies, then headmaster over the 180 pupils. In 1931. he was made provincial of the order. and worked in Rome for a year as one of the superior-general's counsellors. During his headmastership, a new wing, commising a gymnasium. three classrooms and a chapel, was built. He also bought Marylands, a big house adjoining the college, and Ward Hall,

Miss M. W. Peers

Miss Madeleine Walburga Peers, matron of Die Abbey School, Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon, which was transferred to Ramsgate In July. died at her home in Putney on December 7. She was trained at the West London and Royal Free Hospitals, London, and was the first nurse to be awarded her S.R.N. diploma from Dollis Hill. The Requiem Mass was said at the Church of Our Lady of Pity and St. Simon Stock. Putney. on December 12.


JOYCE.-Thomas Michael, M.A.. axed 63, at Kings College Hospital, Imam, on dur 11.111 December after aktort Illness. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing

brothers, &Wens and relatives. Requiem Mass was at 11 a.m. on Monday. 15th December at Camberwell Roman Catholic Parish Church, followed by burial as Camber,c11 Nev. Cemetery.

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