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Fr, John Frederick &sant, who died last week in Barbados, in his 85th year, had spent about thirty-five years working on the British Guiana and Barbados Missions.

Born on July 9, 1559, at Weymouth, and educated at Christ's hospital and London University, of which be was a B.A., he received orders in the Anglican Church and was for some years a curate at St. Michael's Church, Shoreditch. London, E In June-July, 1890, while reading Cardinal Newman's Apologia pro vita sua. SOMC doubts first entered his mind, and after a further course of reading and enquiries, he was received into the Church in September, 1891. Two months later, on November 23, he became a novice of the Society of Jesus at Rochampton and after his course of philosophy at St. Mary's Hall, Stonyhurst, he taught the Lay Philosophers at Stonyhurst College for a year before beginning his theological studies, being ordained priest in 1900.

From 1901.5, he was Minister and Prefect-General at St. Aloysius' College, Glasgow, of which he was also Vice-Rector for three months in 1904. After a year at Tronchiennes in 1906, he was on the staff at St. Aloystuse. Oxford, for a year and the following year he had charge of the Lay Philosophers at Stonyhurst College, In 1909 he sailed for British Guiana FR. T. I. GARDNER, S.J.


Fr. Thomas Ignatius Gardner, who died last week in South Africa, had spent there forty-two out of the fortyfive years of his life as a priest without ever returning to thise country.

Born near Preston, Lancashire, on October I% 1866, he was educated at the C.atleolic College, Preston, and at Mount St. Marys College, Spinkhill.

Entering the Society of Jesus at Roehampton its 1886. he was ordained at St. Francis Xavier's Church, Dublin, on July 30, 1899. He spent one year working on the staff of St. Joseph's. Glasgow, going later in the same year to St. Mary's-on-the-Quay, Bristol.

After a year at Tronchiennes in Belgiant, he sailor for South Africa in 1902 and never saw his native land again.

As a hobby, he gave his spare lime IL) the study of the early history of the country and his excavations and researches proved to be of paramount importance in a field of work where he was definitely a pioneer.


OF FORT AUGUSTUS Brother Wulstan died at Fort Augustus Abbey on May 1l, being 63 years old and 40 years a lay brother. Having originally joined the Older at Erdington Abbey, Birmingham, he was transferred to Fort Augustus when the Erdingtort community moved to Weingarten, Germany, atter the last war.

He will be well known to many visitors by his long, flowing beard and his kind, fatherly manner shown to all as he conducted parties, showing them the items of interest, in , guesthouse and sacristy.

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