Chief Chaplain until last month MGR. EDWARD VINCENT STEVENS, who until his retirement last month was Principal Catholic Chaplain and Vicar General in the Army to the Forces Bishop, Archbishop Mathew, died on Thursday last week at the age of 53.
Born in 1908 and educated at St. John's College, Portsmouth, the Salesian College. Farnborough, Mungret College, Limerick and All Hallows College, Dubin, Mgr. Stevens was ordained in Dublin for the Portsmouth Diocese in 1935.
After serving at Ventnor, Isle of Wight, he became a Chaplain and was commissioned in 1939. He served at a chaplain with the Eighth Army in the Desert Campaign, and after the Second World War he served as Chaplain in the Fart East and in the Middle East.
He was for several years Senior Catholic Chaplain to the British Occupation Forces in Germany until his appointment in 1960 as Vicar General for the Army to Archbishop Mathew, a post from which he retired only last month owing to ill-health.
As Vicar General he held the title of Monsignor, which was confirmed in July this year by his appointment as a Domestic Prelate to Pope John XXIII.
Archbishop King of Pormmouth cetebrated the Requiem Mass which preceded burial at Aldershot on Monday. In the sanctuary were Bishop Holland. Mgr.
olytaherney representing Archbishop Mathew; Mgr. Fay. Principal Naval chaplain; Mgr. P. 1. O'Connell, chief R.A.F. chaplain: Mr, Drew, Deputy of the Secretary of State for War. General Tyler representing the United Services Catholic Association. General Elmslie, Brigadier Chamberlain and Brigadier Desmond Clark of Southern Command,