AMERICAN CHAPLAIN'S TRIBUTE THE religious spirit among offi
cers and men on a transport which has arrived in Australia made the journey " the happiest time of my priestly life," one of the three Catholic chaplains who were aboard the vessel reported in a letter received by thus Military Ordinariate in New York this week.
The chaplain is the Rev. Edward I. Burns, 0.M .1., former Superior of St. Anthony's Apostolic School. San Antonio. Tex. Almost every Catholic officer and Mall went to confession and received Communion at least once during the journey, he reported.
" I was exceptionally proud of our Catholic men," Father Burns wrote. " There were two other priests on board our transport and we heard confessions every day for three hours besides being at the call of the men any time. Three Masses were said daily and on Sunday the response was magnificent. I might add that we received the utmost co-operation from the chip's officers and from the Commanding Officer on board ship. An office was placed at our disposes? for confessions and conferences and adequate assistance was given us for the celebration of Holy Mass."
Father Burns said he gave daily instructions to nine non-Cutholi Men on .the way over. " I am sure that ii was the example of the Catholic Men which drew some of no religion 10 inquire more into our religions." he said. " Surely it was the most remarkable occurrence in my life and I shall never forget it."