Page 1, 28th December 1951

28th December 1951
Page 1
Page 6
Page 1, 28th December 1951 — Children's farewell to their Bishop
Close

Report an error

Noticed an error on this page?
If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it.

Tags


Share


Related articles

Jubilee Of Mgr.

Page 5 from 20th March 1936

Whitefriars Chronicle

Page 4 from 2nd November 1962

From The Bishops' Diaries

Page 3 from 18th August 1989

`throw Away The Sorrow And The Sympathy'

Page 1 from 31st August 1956

Keeping Up With The Peter Joneses

Page 8 from 25th June 2010

Children's farewell to their Bishop

From a Special Correspondent A LITTLE girl who tried to lift a child only slightly smaller than herself to " have a look at the Bishop " was among the first arrivals at St. Anne's, Vauxhall, last week for the lying-in-state of Bishop Brown, Vicar-General of Southwark, in the church he built nearly 50 years ago.

She was followed by many more children of the parish.

The sight of them, some chatting as they filed past the coffin, none with the awe or fear a child may show in the presence of death, was perhaps more memorable than any that could be caused by grief.

For the first hour or two the lyingin-state was confined to the children, not by any set plan but because mothers were shopping and fathers and elder brothers and sisters were still at work.

Three generationS

But after S p.m. the grown-ups began to arrive in force, some with shopping bags, some from offices with attache cases.

An old man to whom I spoke was married in the parish by Bishop Brown, his children were baptised and married by Bishop Brown, and his grandchildren are now attending Bishop Brown's school.

Affectionate regret rather than sorrow marked the demeanour not only of the crowds that came to the church that evening but also of the prelates, priests, nuns and laity who filled sanctuary, nave and aisles for the Solemn Requiem Mass on Friday.

Their elders felt as the children felt, and the mood was given full expression in the panegyric by the Bishop of Dunkeld, who chose as his text: "His true epitaph is written in his children."

"And what an epitaph that is," said Bishop Scanlan.

The body was received at the church the previous afternoon, by Fr. Robert Madden and the lying-instate continued after the Solemn Dirge until 9 p.m.

Then an all-night vigil was begun by Knights of St. Columba of Council 176, of which Bishop Brown was the first chaplain.

Zest for living

The Solemn Requiem Mass on Friday was sung by the Bishop of Southwark in the presence of Cardinal Griffin.

On either side of the sanctuary were the Archbishops and Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales, forming the largest episcopal gathering since the Hierarchy Centenary Congress.

On either side of the nave were some 300 Monsignori, Canons and priests, secular and regular.

In the congregation were the representatives of Ministries, of local government, of literature and of his full parochial life. all with some personal remembrance of his paternal interest.

Bishop Scanlan, whose throne is in Dundee, where Bishop Brown was born nearly 90 years ago--" I pass the house every day." he said—had many stories to tell in his panegyric of the " almost inexhaustible richness" of Bishop Brown's life of 89 years, of " the kaleidoscopic variety of his works," aod of the zest for living that led people to think that the old Bishop would make history as the first centenarian Bishop in the episcopate of this country.

Simple piety

**He had an alt-absorbing interest in people and an insatiable thirst for information," said Bishop Scanlan.

"And to see him with children was unforgettable; for there was in him no patronage, but an effortless comprehension and understanding."

Simple in piety, with a strong streak of unaffected humility. he said, Bishop Brown exercised, too, a frugality and an austerity that combined to make his life uncomplicated, Nor was thrift foreign to him.

His external impression of ruggedness, his habit of barking out

months on end the Chinese Communists kept up a hot and cold war against him. They tried to make the Chinese Catholics denounce and deny him, and failed. They tried to frighten him with dire threats: they learned they were wasting their

They banished him. Hope for the Church and hope for China can be seen in the smiling countenance of Archbishop Riberi in the picture on this page, taken when he arrived a few weeks ago in Hong Kong.

For three Men of the Year in our own country we look to Church. State and the World of Books.

CARDINAL GRIFFIN. Above is a " happy return " picturd which delighted many thousands of people when they saw it in Apra—a picture of the Cardinal about three months after he had received the Last Sacraments following a heart attack. People telephoned to THE CATHOLIC HERALD to thank us for shoeing them the smiling Cardinal. "It did me good to see it," they said. It must also have given new courage and a fresh determination to get well to many a sick person feeling disheartened by a long Illness punctuated by setbacks.

RICHARD RAPIER STOKES. The Catholic statesman Man of the Year.

" Send for Stokes" became a regular cry in the last phase of the Labour Government.

"'l he country's trouble-shooter," U some would call him, left the moderate obscurity of the Office of Works to become Lord Privy Seal and first Minister of Materials—to go to the United States for raw materials, to Persia to try to clear up the turmoil in the oilfields, to the South Bank to get the works out of the bog.

GRAHAM GREENE. The Catholic Author of the Year — again. He is pictured on page five with Richard Stokes.

After "The Heart of the Matter " came "The End of the Affair," and, of course, a renewal of the war between those who see in his novels humanity moving in a theological context and those who — well. see other things in his books and don't like what they see.

KONRAD ADENAUER will be many Catholics choice as a Catholic Man of the Year (see this page).

Would any German leader other than this Catholic statesman have been so welcome in this country after the war, or known so well how to further Europe's highest inteiests and at the same time gain the collaboration of a Britain which at present seems inclined to take up an isolationist attitude towards the Continent?

devastating comments, completely belied his essential gentleness.

Perhaps the most characteristic story concerned the luncheon given in Bishop Scanlan's honour when he left the chancellorship at Archbishop's House, Westminster, to become Bishop of Dunkeld.

Bishop Brown was bidden to the lunch but telephoned to Bishop Scanlan the night before. " Abrupt, as he could be in ordinary conversation. he said 'I shan't he there . . . Hate partings . . . understand?'" The homely phrasing of a touching panegyric became only slightly more formal as Bishop Scanlan turned to describe his work in education.

Few ecclesiastics have deserved so well of his native land, he said. His title to fame in the minds of Scottish Catholics was the Education (Scotland) Act of 1918, a monument not only to him but 'also to the justice and broadmindedness of his fellow-countrymen, who were equally devoted to the ideal of education based upon religion. It had given Bishop Brown great satisfaction to know that the house in which he was born in Dundee was in Catholic hands and in use as part of a Catholic school.

Bishop Scanlan heard of his friend's death shortly before he began a visitation of schools in his diocese.

" As I visited classroom after classroom and told the children about him, asking them to pray for him, I had evidence de visa of William Brown's greatest work.

" As long as there is a Catholic church in Scotland his memory will remain and his epitaph will be written in his children."

18 Archbishops and Bishops

Cardinal Griffin presided at the Solemn Pontifical Requiem Mass celebrated by Bishop Cowderoy, and gave the Absolution.

Sixteen other Archbishops and Bishops were in the sanctuary Archbishop McGrath came from Cardiff, Archbishop Masterson from Birmingham, and Archbishop Campbell from Glasgow. With them was Archbishop Myers, Coadjutor of Westminster.

Three Bishops came from Scotland—Mgr. Scanlan. Dunkeld; Mgr. Black, Paisley; and Mgr. Mellon, Galloway.

The other Bishops were: Mgr. Flynn, Lancaster; Mgr. King. Portsmouth; Mar, Parker, Northampton; Mgr. Ellis. Nottingham; Mgr. Murphy, Shrewsbury; Mgr. Beck, Brentwood; Mgr. Petit. Menevia, and Mgr. Pearson, Auxiliary of Lancaster.

The Apostolic Delegate. who was presiding at the Requiem Mass for the Earl of Perth, was represented by Mgr. William O'Grady. Vicar-General of Brentwood.

Mr. Chuter Ede. Home Secretary in the Labour Government, was among the non-Catholic laity in the congregation. He and Bishop Brown often met when Mr. Ede was Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Education. The Ministry was represented by Sir Cecil Dawes and Mr. John Todhunter.

The Government of Ireland was represented by Mr. J. G. Molloy. Bishop Scanlan, one time chancellor of the Westminster diocese, preached the panegyric.

Prominent among the representatives of Catholic societies in the congregation were Dames of St. Joan, whose society was founded by Bishop Brown,




blog comments powered by Disqus