Page 14, 19th March 1937

19th March 1937
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Page 14, 19th March 1937 — OBITUARY

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Mgr. Provost O'Brien

In November, 1935, Mgr. Daniel O'Brien, Provost of the Galloway Cathedral Chapter, relinquished active duty as Administrator of St. Andrew's Cathedral, Dumfries. With that church, and its district, he had then been associated for upwards of fortyseven years, and had known no other field of labour. His life in retirement has been short : the Provost died on Thursday last week, in his seventy-seventh year.

Mgr. O'Brien was a native of Co. Clare. He was educated at the Ennis diocesan seminary and at Maynooth, After his ordination in 1888. he went to Scotland as a curate at St. Andrew's Cathedral, and there, five years later, he became Administrator. In 1908 he was made a member of the Chapter and was appointed VicarGeneral, and since 1927 he had been Provost. The dignity of Protonotary Apostolic was conferred upon him in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV.

Actively interested in education Provost O'Brien was for many years a member of the Education Authority, and later he served on the Education Committee of the Dumfries County Council. During his administration at St. Andrew's he built two new Catholic schools.

Very Rev. Canon Sheen

John Canon Sheen, Officiolis of the Diocese of Southwark, died on Monday last, in his sixty-ninth year. His death deprives the diocese of a priest who had filled a number of important offices anti whose knowledge of the Church in the South of England was wide. Since 1921, in which year he was made a member of the Cathedral Chapter, he had been parish priest of the church of Our Lady Star of the Sea at Croom's Hill. Greenwich.

Canon Sheen was born in Westminster. He was educated at St. Mary's College, Vs'oolhamplon, and at the English College at Lisbon, After his ordination in 1894 he spent about ten years at Deptford, followed by nearly as long a period in Rotherhithe; thus he was early able to obtain a great deal of parochial experience in part of South London's industrial area. In 1913 the Bishop of Southwark appointed him Diocesan Secretary, a post which he held until he took charge at Greenwich.

Actively interested in social work, Canon Sheen was for a long time Chairman of the Directors of the Southwark Rescue Society. He was also Chief Administrator of the Secular Clergy Common Fund.

Fr. William Tatlock, S.J.

On March 12 there died in the Jesuit College of St. Aloysius, Malta, Fr. William Tatlock, formerly an Anglican clergyman, the son of an Anglican clergyman, a convert to the Catholic Faith. He was born in Barkisland, near Ripponcien, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in 1854, He graduated in Arts at the University of London, and was ordained in the Anglican establishment. His great love of method and his meticulous care of logical conclusions, made him dissatisfied with the comprehensive laziness of Anglicanism, and he sought admission into the Catholic Church.

In 1890, after his conversion, he was admitted as a novice in the Society of Jesus, at Manresa House, Roehampton. Fr. F.. Woodlock, of Farm Street, who was then a novice with him, a lad of nineteen fresh from Beaumont College, speaks of the deep impression made on the novices, mostly boys from Stonyhurst, Mount St. Mary's and the other colleges of the Society of Jesus, by Brother William Tatlock and by his fellow-convert clergyman, Brother John Besant, now a veteran missionary Father at Barbados in the West Indies. He attri-i butes his own interest in the conversion of Anglicans to the gentle. persuasive, and I scholarly convictions, trials and achieve-j ment in the process of conversion of these earnest and mature fellow-novices, Frs. Tatlock and Besant.

From his noviceship Mr. Tatlock was sent for his philosophy to St. Mary's Hall, Stonyhurst. It was about this time that Mr. Tatlock, in union with Mr. Besant and another distinguished convert clergaman, now Fr. Ernest Hull. the well-known editor of the Bombay Examiner, Stella Maria, and writer of controversy, devilled for Fr. Bernard Vaughan's challenging conferences against the utterances of the then Protestant Bishop of Manchester: the teaching of the Fathers of the Church es against the meanderings of private judgment.

After teaching for one year at St. Francis Xavier's College, Liverpool, he went to St. Beuno's College, in North Wales, to study theology, from 1894 to 1898. There, too, he was ordained priest on September 19, 1897. On finishing his studies, he was placed on the mission at Worcester till 1901 when he was sent to Trenchiennes, in Belgium, for his third year of probation.

From Belgium Fr. Tatlock went to Mangalore, in India, to teach in the Jesuit College; but after two years his health broke down and after convalescing for nearly a year, he was sent in 1905 to the Episcopal Seminary at Gozo (Mahe), which at that time was staffed by Fathers of the Society of Jesus. This was the beginning of his lifelong career of devoted service for the youth of Gozo and Malta; for, apart from a brief interval spent at the Jesuit College of Mondragone, Frascati. he never left the island. but continued in his faithful service of the boys, even in his venerable old age, until quite recently, endearing himself to the boys as " Daddy " Tatlock.

He was not only a Greek and Latin scholar, but also an expert in shorthand, even to the extent of translating Pitman's shorthand into Latin for the benefit of the boys at Mondragone. He also did valuable work for the college library in bookkeeping and copying script, for his handwriting was exquisitely beautiful.

It is interesting to note that, in a long letter of Fr. Tatlock's, still extant, one of the things that struck him on his first visit

to Rome, on the way to India, were the two inscriptions on the obelisk in the Piazza of St. Peter's—one, the empty dedication to dead and forgotten Ctsars; and the other the living, world-wide challenge of the everlasting Church of Christ:

Christus vincit, Christi's regn-at. Christie imperat, Christus ab omni malo plebem suan defendat.

Rev. William Rickaby

The Rev. William Rickaby, parish priest of the church of Our Blessed Lady and St. Joseph, was found dead in bed on Monday morning (March 15). He had been in fading health for some years, but his death came as a great shock. He was 69.

Born in West Hartlepool, Fr. Rickaby was educated at Ushaw College and following his ordination on September 29, 1895, he remained at the college as a professor for four years. He was curate at Sunderland and at Brooms before his appointment as parish priest to the Chopwell district. He accomplished great work there and built the church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Chopwell.

In 1926 he was appointed as parish priest to Brooms in succession to the late Canon Magill. Four years ago he underwent a serious operation in a Newcastle Nursing Home and although he was never fully recovered, he continued to work among his parishioners, who held him in great esteem.

The funeral took place on Thursday morning (March 18), Requiem Mass being offered by Mgr. J. McCormack, Bishop of Hexharn and Newcastle. Large crowds of his parishioners and many clergy attended the funeral. The body was received into the church at Brooms on Wednesday evening and a Solemn Dirge was sung by the clergy.

Mrs. Elizabeth Tooley

Mrs. Tooley, who died at Herne Bay on Monday night, was a native of Broadway, Worcestershire, where she was received into the Church thirty-five years ago by the Rev.

Malachy Gavin, C.P. The same priest assisted her during her passage from earth to heaven.

For all those years Mrs. Tooley was a model Catholic, never missing daily Mass and Holy Communion, except when un avoidably prevented. She loved to visit the church every afternoon, and spend an hour before the Blessed Sacrament. The poor and suffering found in her a generous benefactor. She loved the beauty of God's house, and generously supported every religious and charitable appeal.

Mrs. Tooley's two sons, to whom she was so devoted, assisted at her death-bed, and arc consoled by the memory of her sweet life of kindliness towards all, and ardent piety and devotion towards God, Her funeral takes place today (Ft idav).

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