Canon Timothy Hannigan, Rector of St. Michael's, Dorchester, Dorset, since 1916, died early last Monday morning, at the age of sixty-eight, after an illness which had been an anxiety to his parishioners for several weeks previously. In that illness he had the spiritual ministrations of Dom Stephen, O.S.B., from Buckfast Abbey, who temporarily took charge in the church.
The greater part of Canon Hannigan's priestly life had been spent in Dorset. He was a Dorset man himself, a native of Portland. After his ordination he served for five years at Torquay and three years at Carnborne. In 1901 he was appointed rector at St. Mary's, Poole, where he remained for about fifteen years; thence he transferred, twenty-one years ago, to Dorchester. He was made in 1920 a member of the Plymouth Cathedral Chapter.
Among the many works appealing to Canon Hannigan's interest was the welfare of prisoners, whether civil offenders or captives taken in war. At Poundhury, where many Catholic German prisoners were held during the war years, he did much for the spiritual consolation of these men. He was active, also, in the work of the Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society.
A requiem Mass was celebrated at Dorchester yesterday (Thursday), followed by the interment in the town cemetery.