Arthur Dooley LEADING SCULPTOR AND convert Arthur Dooley, who died last week at the age of 64, may be best remembered for his Stations of the Cross at St Mary's Church in Leyland, Lancashire. A BBC film made about the work and its creator won first prize at the Monte Carlo Film Festival.
Born into a rigid Protestant family, he became a Catholic through the influence of Fr Michael Casey, when serving with the Irish Guards in the late 1940s. He gained notoriety for talking about his love of communism in Catholic schools, and of his faith in the Church to his communist friends. He named his son Paul after the Pope.
A thorn in the side of all Establishments, secular or religious, he had a strong devotion to the Virgin Mary.
Ralph Downes ONE OF THE Church's leading organists since World War II, Ralph William Downes, died last month at the age of 89.
Trained at the Royal College of Music and Oxford, he went on to become one of the most sought-after organ teachers in the country as professor at the Royal College of Music from 1954-75.
During that time he also earned great respect as a designer, designing the organs for, among others, Buckfast Abbey, the London Oratory, St Albans and Gloucester Cathedrals and the Royal Festival Hall in London.
He was organist at the Oratory from 1936-77, and was awarded a CBE in 1969 and a Papal Knighthood in 1970. Dorn Bede Millard A BENEDICTINE MONK of St Augustine's Abbey, Ramsgate, has died at the age of 44.
Raised in a Welsh nonconformist family, John Millard studied to become a teacher in Birmingham, where he befriended clergy at the Birmingham Oratory. He was received by Fr John Challoner there in the later 1960s. After being introduced CO the Abbey School in Ramsgate, he entered as a postulant and made his profession in 1973.
Illness held up his studies for the priesthood, and he instead served as guest-master and novice-master. He also undertook research into the work of Pugin, culminating in the opening of a Pugin Vault in 1992. He also wrote and edited a number of books, including a 1998 Book of Saints.