Page 7, 5th December 1947

5th December 1947
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Page 7, 5th December 1947 — Prinknash Monks Appeal In U.S. For Abbey Church

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Prinknash Monks Appeal In U.S. For Abbey Church

By. a Staff Reporter Abbot Upson and Norbert Cowin, 0.S.B., both of Prinknash Abbey, left for the United States last week, where they are to appeal for funds for the building of the great Abbey Church, Work was started on them in July this year, labour being supplied partly by the monks and partly by outside assistance. Announcing the above, when I called on him at Faruborough Abbey to-day, Dom Bede Griffiths, new Superior at Farnborough stated that the Abbot is taking the Prinknash film with him, and hopes to visit Holly 727".717 wood

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He also supplied interesting facts with regard to work being done at Farnborough, where the Benedictine community is being remodelled. Readers will recall how St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough, founded in 1898 by the late Empress Eugenia as a mausoleum to her husband the Emperor Napoleon III of France, and their only son the Prince Imperial, killed fighting alongside British troops in Africa, was taken over by Prinknash monks in April of this year from a French Solesnies' community.


It was impressed by details given me by Fr. Bede showing how the arrival of Prinknash monks has quickened interest in the neighbourhood. There is now an extra Sunday Mass at the Abbey church to cater for a congregation that numbers 500; the actual community, of about 30, is double the original.

Incidentally, two of the Solesmes Fathers remain on at Farnborough, the others having gone to various houses of the Order, and among the former is Dom Leopold Alphonse Zerr, who as organist and choirmaster is rapidly training the Prinknash monks at Farnborough along the traditional Soleames lines of plain-chant singing.

As Fr. Bede says, "We have a fine church here, very good for sound, and we shall try to make the most of it." Another Solesmes priest, who has stayed at Farnborough, is Fr. Peter Conway, Guestmaster.

Further notes of interest are: Most of the well-known Prinknash monks engaged in work in the community's now world-famous school of art arc now at St. Michael's, including painters, woodcarvers and weavers; there is also a small printing press installed.

The 40 acres of surrounding land are being quickly developed, and there is now a pedigree Guernsey herd from Prinknash, four cows and a bull, the herd to be increased, so it is hoped, to 16, and milk being marketed eventually. The rearing of pigs is also part of the plan.

FUTURE STATUS OF FARNBOROUGH Questioned with regard to the future status of the monastery, famous landmark in the Farnborough hills and mecca of French tourists desirous of viewing the imperial tombs placed in the crypt of the church, Fr. Bede said that while Abbot Upson remains its present Administrator, with himself as Superior, St Michael's should in time become an independent Priory. In due course, it is hoped that it will become an Abbey within the Cassinese Congregation, now comprising Buckfast and Ramsgate, as well as Prinknash.

"Postulants continue to come to us here," he added, "and we send them on to Prinknash for their novitiate. In taking over this new offshoot of the parent monastery, we had of course to give up Millichope Hall, in Shrewsbury diocese. There will be a further depletion when the pre-Reformation Plusearden Monastery in Scotland is inhabited next year, monks going both front here and from Prinknash."

some months. He was parish priest of South Norwood and, before that, of Camberwell. But he was perhaps best known at Plumstead, where he was parish priest from 1913-1931; he had a great love for the people of Plumstead and expressed a wish to be buried there. The Requiem Mass took place on Wednesday, December 3, with Archbishop Amigo presiding. The Canon, who was born in Charleville, Ireland, was educated for the priesthood at Lisbon and was ordained in 1899. His first curacy was at Walworth, where he was for a time under Fr. Amigo. later to become Bishop of the diocese.


The Rev. Canon William Reginald Winder, of the Nottingham diocese, died at Twyford Abbey, Middlesex, on Saturday, at the age of 84. Born in 1863, Canon Winder was ordained at St. Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham, in November, 1887, by the late Bishop Egshawe. For a couple of years he was vice-rector of the former St. Hugh's Seminary, Nottingham, before being posted to Staveley-cum-Whittington, a Derbyshire mining parish, where he was from 1889 to 1905, In that year he was moved to Glossop, where he spent the whole of the remainder of his priestly life, first as the priest at All Saints, where he remained until 1920. and then as parish priest of the church of St. Mary the Crowned. He was made a Canon in 1926. On account of ill-health and increasing age Canon Winder. whose name was a household word in Glossop, retired in 1945.

FR. RICHARD O'BRIEN On Thursday of last week (November 27) a Requiem Mass was sung at St. Edmund's, Southampton, for the Rev. Fr. Richard O'Brien, of the Portsmouth diocese, who died recently in Ireland. The Mass, which was attended by many of his former seminarists, was sung by Fr. T. Dwyer, the deacon being Fr. Minorgue and the sub-deacon Fr. Wallace. The M.C. was Fr. Troy and the cantors Fr. J. Dwyer and Fr. Hartnett.


The death took place at Northampton Hospital, on November 1, of Mr. Henry Montagu Lyons, at the age of 65. Mr. Lyons came to Woburn Sands in 1927, before the present temporary church was erected. Mass was then being said in a carpenter's shed. and there was no resident priest.

It was due in great measure to the financial assistance of Mr. Lyons that it became possible to have a resident priest, the Rev. C. Benham. and a temporary church.

The Catholic Mission at Woburn Sands has lost a very loyal and devoted parishioner.

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