Page 7, 26th August 1960

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Page 7, 26th August 1960 — ABBOT SMITH DIES AT 86

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ABBOT ALOYSIUS SMITH, C.R.L., D.D., friend of six Popes, first Abbot of Bodmin, and for six years the first of all religious in the world-as Abbot General of the premier Order, the Canons Regular of the Lateran-died On Saturday at St. Michael's Hospital, Hoyle, Cornwall.

Born in Weymouth in 1873, Abbot Smith was educated in the schools of the Order of which he was destined to be the first Abbot General in its history. He was ordained in Rome in 1 897 and although still a young priest, he was appointed

Prior of Bodmin in 1900, a post he retained for 11 years during which he proved an outstanding administrator whose chief concern was the spiritual welfare of the few Catholics then scattered throughout the county.

Bodmin Priory and church were old and in need of restoration. He determined to build a Priory worthy of the Order and of its apostolate to help in the conversion of Cornwall.


Due to his efforts a fine priory was built. In 1953 it was raised to the dignity of an Abbey and Abbot Smith was appointed first Abbot. following his retirement as Abbot General which had necessitated his living in Rome for six years.

When Prior of Bodmin, he established many Mass centres which later became missions with resident priests. In 1902 he established St. Ives and Hayle, in the latter parish providing a resident chaplain for the Daughteis of the Cross enabling them to establish St. Michael's Hospital-where he was to spend his last days.

Newquay parish was established in 1906; a church built in Padstow in 1911 a Mass centre started in St. Austell-which this year becomes "resident".

In 1908 the then Fr. Smith became Visitor of the English Province. He followed this by establishing a Priory at Swanage and a church dedicated to St. Edward, King and Martyr.

In 1914 he was blessed as an Abbot taking the title of St. Mary's Abbey. Leicester. The same year he established the mission of Eton from which came the church given by Lord Bray and the chapel and school for Aspirants to the Order in Datehet.

He established Eltham Priory church in 1912.

Abbot Smith became an expert in the history of his Order, the Austin Canons of pre-Reformation England, and was president of the Linpaard Society from 1925-1928.

In co-operation with Cardinal Bourne he established in 1932 a house of studies at Hoddesdon, and although there have now been change of plans in that connection, a church is to be built in the grounds of the former priory.


In 1935 Abbot Smith was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the 30 Notting Hill Carmelite Convents; in 1938 Pope Pius XI appointed him Visitor Apostolic for the Seminaries of Scotland. In 1923 he had moved to Stroud Green, London, where he established a reputation as a preacher and giver of retreats. I-1e celebrated his abbatial silver jubilee there in 1939.

It was after the second World War that he was elected Abbot General of the Order and visited all the Houses in Europe and S. America, flying thousands of miles.

After six years he was back once again in Bodmin where in 1953 he became the first Abbot of the new Abbey. Those who attended his diamond jubilee celebrations in 1957 will remember his reminiscences of his meetings with six Popes. As a young priest he met Leo XIII ; he said aitass in the convent of the Sisters of St. Frances Cahrini whom he often met and conversed with; he had many audiences with St. Pius X; during the First World War he took a petition to Pope Benedict XVsigned by many thousands-praying for the canonisation of St. Teresa of Liseaux.

His many commitments prevented him from writing books, but he found time to translate the Rule of St. Victor with its commentary, and for various periodicals he wrote of the history of his Order in England.

Abbot Smith would have celebrated his 87th birthday yesterday, Thursday.

Bishop Parker of Northampton.Tomorrow (Saturday): Preside at Professions, Convent of Jesus and Mary, Ipswich, a.m. Sunday: Visitation, St. Peter's, Aldeburgh, 10.30 a.m.; Confirmation, 3.30 p.m, Friday (September 2): Leads diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Bishop Petit of Menevla.-Sunday: Ordains at Lower Bullingham, Hereford.


Westminster.-Mass will be said on Sunday at St. George's Hall, Ashwell, 8.30 a.m., at the Women's Institute Barkway, 10 a.m., and at the North Minims Memorial Hall, Welham Green, 6 p.m.

Brentwood.-Mass will be said on Sunday at (1) The Women's Institute, Thorpe-le-Stoken, 8.30 a m., and the Village Hall, Great Bentley, 10.15 a.m.: (2) The Constitutional Hall. Sible Hedingham, 9.30 a.m., and Belchamp Walter, 10.45 am. Next Sunday the Mission will visit Danbury and Re [tendon.

Menevia.-On Sunday Frs. Conroy and Stevens, C.S,S,R., will conduct a day of recollection for members of the Lamp Society. at Convent of the Holy Child, Hairogate, commencing with Mass. tI a.m.

Northampton:'-Mass will he said on Sunday at The Village Institute. Woolpit, Suffolk, 9 a.m.. at Bildesten. Suffolk, 11 a.m.; and at Framlingham, 5 p.m. Next week the T.M.

i will be n the Upwell area of Cambs. and the Eye area et Northants.

Nottingham.-Mass will be said on Sunday at a place to be announced locally, 8.30 a.m., dad at Ruskington, 6.30 p.m. During the week Fr Nicholson, S.C.J., will visit Willoughton and Winteringharn areas.

Plymouth.Fr. Sean Mason, M.S.F.S.. this week will be in Stalbridge and Hensiridge and surrounding villages. Mass next week will be at Mappovvter (Styles Farm), 10 a.m.; Sturrninster Newton (Bonlea Gate), 11.30 a.m.; and Milborno St. Andrew ("The Nest"), 6.30 p.m. Fr. Mason's address is 41 South Street, South Molten (Telephone S.M. 402).

Southwark.-Mass will be said on Sunday at the Hop Gardens, Bodiam, by Fr, Alexander North.


Sacred Heart Fathers (St. Quentin). -The following appointments have been announced: Fr. Gerard Jordan is to join the staff of the Sacred Heart College, Newport, Salop, and Fr. FrarlEiS Murray the staff of St. Joseph's College, Malpas, Cheshire ; Fr James Jones is appointed rector of the parish at Corby Glen: Fr. Patrick O'Sullivan, Travelling Misstoner of Nottingham diocese, operating from Corby Glen; and Fr. Irancis Calnan, Vocations Director. Fr. John Hoban is appointed to Malpas; Fr. James Lawless to Market Rasen ; and Fr, Gerard Giblin to Corby Glen.

Nottingham.-The following parish priests have been appointed: Fr. Alan /vIolyneux, from Si. Charles Borremeo, Measham, Lames.. to Ashby de In Zouch; Fr. John McDermott, from the Church of the Goad Shepherd, Arnold, Notts, to Measham.

At Nazareth House

At the recent clothing and profession ceremony at Nazareth House. Hammersmith, London, Miss Janet Askew (Sister Mary Elphege), of Nottingham, received the white veil. and Sister St. Machar (Spence!, Glasgow, was admitted to first profession. Sister Mary Kentigera (O'Neill), Glasgow, a n d Sister Edmund Campion (Pedley), Sussex, made final NOV& At Nazareth House. Johannesburg, Sister Si. Mildred (Matson), of Cheshire, made her final vows.

Four members of the Ursuline Convent, Blackrock. Cork, flew last week to Fort Benning, Georgia. where they will tarke charge of the first Catholic School in that area. Fort Benning is an Army Base tlwee miles from Coltunbus City.

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