Page 7, 26th April 1940

26th April 1940
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Page 7, 26th April 1940 — Bro. Daniel Shields, S.J.

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" APOSTLE OF THE TRAMP" The death took place on Friday of Bro. Daniel Shields, a lay-brother of the Society of Jesus. Bro. Shields, who was in his sixty-third year, had been at Loyola Hall Retreat House, Rainhin, since 1924, and was well known to all those who made retreats there.

While in Glasgow, where he worked at St. Joseph's, North Woodside Road, from 1919-1924, he was actively interested in the work of the Apostleship of the Sea, and was instrumental in organising the regular and systematic visitation of the ships in the part. He was also responsible for starting the Catholic Seamen's Institute. In 1920, along with two secular tertiaries of St. Francis, he started an organising centre of the Apostleship of the Sea in Glasgow thereby enabling the work to proceed on an international basis.

Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Brother Shields, who was affectionately known as the " Apostle of the Tramp," was celebrated by the Rev. Edward Rockliff, S.J., in the Church of St. Bartholomew, Rainhill, on Monday. The interment took place in the church cemetery.

Paying tribute to Bro. Shields, Fr. Rockliff, Superior of Loyola Hall, said: " It will be a great sorrow to very many men, to retreatants, to poor men on the road, to sailors back from the sea, when they hear that Bro. Shields will no longer be found at Loyola Hall. He never lost his sense of humour; and even to the end his room was often a merry meeting place, especially if some visitor had come in from the sea. His whole outlook on life was spiritual; a fact which was evident in the fine verses he would occasionally write. He has done a great work and has influenced the lives of Very many men,"

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