Page 5, 19th November 1943

19th November 1943
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Page 5, 19th November 1943 — FR. GEORGE HAYWARD JOYCE, S.J.

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Eleven days after keeping the fiftieth anniversary of his entrance into the Society of Jesus, Father George Hayward Joyce died somewhat suddenly on Monday at Heythrop College. Father Joyce was a convert—his father, the Rev. Francis Hayward Joyce being vicar of Harrow-on-the-Hill, where he was born in 1864, and his younger brother, Gilbert Cunningham Joyce, second Bishop of Monmouth. Educated at the Charterhouse, Godalming and Oriel College, Oxford, of which he was an M.A., Fr. Joyce later spent a year in Germany, studying for six months at the University of I eipzig and six months at the University of Bonn. After a further year of preparation for the ministry at the Leeds Clergy School he was ordained, After six months spent in travelling on the Continent he was received into the Church at Farm Street, London, in 1893. A fortnight later he became a novice of the Society of Jesus at Roehampton. He studied philosophy at St. Mary's Hall, Stonyhurst, where he publicly defended the Theses of Philosophy at the end of his course, and theology at St. Beuno's College, where he similarly defended the Theses of Theology. He was ordained in 1903 and the following year became Professor of Logic and Epistemology at St. Mary's Hall, Stonyhurst, and while there he produced his first book, The Principles of Logic. In 1909 Father Joyce became a Professor of Theology, and as such spent the rest of his life, first at St. Beuno's College until 1926, and then at Heythrop College, where he was also Prefect of Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Theology. By nature a scholar and gifted with a singularly fresh and retentive memory, he was .the author of several erudite works: The Principles of Logic, The Question of Miracles. The Catholic Doctrine of Grace. Principles oft Natural Theology and Christian Marriage. For close on thirty years Father Joyce was accustomed to spend the months of August and September helping the Fathers at Farm Street Church. His gifts as a confessor and spiritual director were much in demand, and his genial personality endeared him to a wide circle of friends who benefited extensively by his wise counsel and advice.

Solemn Dirge and Requiem took place at Heythrop College, where he lies buried in the cemetery attached to the College. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated in memory of him at Farm Street Church, W.1, on Tuesday, November 23, at 11 a.m.

The funeral of Frances Drinkwater, mother of two priests working in the Birmingham Diocese, and who died on November 3 (not October 3. as stated in error last week), took place after Requiem said by the Re,. F. H. Drinkwater, eldest son, at St. Mary's, Wednesbury, on November 8. In 1935 Mr. and Mrs. Drinkwater (the former has been local S.V.P. President for many years) celebrated the Golden Jubilee of their wedding.

Nottingham Catholic Ex-Servicemen's Association had their annual church parade at St. Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham. on Sunday, when their chaplain, Rev. Edward Ellis. Administrator, celebrated a Solemn Requiem Mass for all the fallen of the last and the present war, and particularly for deceased members of the Association, including their founder, the late Bishop John McNulty.

Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated at St. Edward's, Kettering, on Sunday, and Artillerymen formed a guard of honour to the catafalque, while the choir was augmented by Slovak soldiers, amongst whom were a Jesuit and several Christian Brothers.

Ralph G. Hayes, awarded the D.S.C. for his part in the daylight raid on Berlin which interrupted Goering's speech, has been killed in action. He was an 0 d Boy of Battersea Salesian College

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