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Page 5, 21st August 1953 — MGR. KERR McCLEMENT Former London University Chaplain dies 1 /KR. FREDERICK

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MGR. KERR McCLEMENT Former London University Chaplain dies 1 /KR. FREDERICK

KERR INIMcCLEMENT, D.C.L., M.A., former chaplain to the Catholic students in London University and the Inns of Court and a pioneer in work for overseas students in England, died on Saturday after an illness lasting some months. He was 66.

Mgr. McClement had a varied and adventurous career as a naval chaplain, headmaster. Army chaplain and university chaplain.

Son of the late Fleet Surgeon Frederick McClement, he was educated at St. Augustine's Abbey School. Ramsgate, Trinity College, Cambridge. and. for the priesthood, at St. Edmund's College, Ware.

He was ordained two years. before the first World War, during which he served as assistant secretary for the chaplains' department at Archbishop's House. Westminster. at the same time serving at St. Mary's. Chelsea.

For several years he served as a Regular chaplain with the Mediterranean and Black Sea Fleets, returned to England for a short time, and was then appointed first Rector of St. Edward's College. Malta. He was on the George Cross Island throughout the second World War and served as an officiating chaplain with the Army during the siege.

His energy and versatility were also seen in his founding of St. l'eter's Naval Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul and a Services Council of the Knights of' St. Columba on the island.

During the war, in 1941. the Holy Father made him a Domestic Prelate. He was also Chaplain of M a g i st e r i a 1 Obedience of the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta.

Mgr. MeClement took up his chaplaincy work in the University of London in 1945.

Evening Mass every Sunday

The Church of Our Lady of Peace. Carmarthenshire, is the first church in Wales to have evening Mass every Sunday. Canon John Moran, parish priest, recently applied for this special permission to enable the hundreds of local Catholic tinplate workers to fulfill their Sunday obligation,

Evening Mass has been offered on certain holy days in other Welsh parishes. The clergy report that the experiment has proved a success.

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