CANON W. FINUCANE
OF MENEVIA William Canon Finucanc died at Brecon on Monday, March 27, at the age of 78.
Canon leinucane studied at Valladolid, but was forced to return home to complete his studies on account of ill' health, He was later ordained at Belmont Abbey by Bishop Hedley for the diocese of Newport.
His first appointment was as assistant priest at Aberdare, and later he was at Wrexham for a short time as secretary to Bishop lVfostyn. As rector he seised successively the parishes of Bangor, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven d'nd Brecon. After some 25 years of active work in the parish of Brecon he was compelled by ill-health, under which he had laboured from the time of his ordination, to ask Bishop McGrath to allow him to live in retirement. •
The Bishop of Menevia was unable to be present at the Solemn Requiem Mass and the funeral. The Mass was sung by Canon Pozzi, of Llandudno.
FR. GERARD, 0.F.M.C.
HEAD OF LIVERPOOL FRIARS CON VlENTUAL Solemn Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of the Very Rev. Fr. Gerard, 0.F,M.C., guardian and parish priest at the Franciscan friary of St. Anthony of Padua, evloesley Hill, Liverpool, since 1937, was celebrated at St. Anthony's on Monday last. in the presence of Archbishop Downey. Fr. Gerard is the first Franciscan Conventual to die in England since the Reformation.
FR. ALFRED McLAUGHLIN
OLDEST FRIAR MINOR On March 3d the Very Rev. Alfred McLaughlin, O.F.M., died at St. Bete nardine's College, Buckingham. He was the oldest priest of the English Province of Franciscans, being 89 years of age on the day of his death. Fr. Alfred was born at Shaniallow, Co. Derry, on March 30, 1855, entered the Order at the age of 23 and was professed on November 9, 1879, at Thiele
Belgium. He was ordained priest at Malines on March 21, les5, so that he was entering his 60th year in the Priesthood when he died.
After serving for a short period at St. Francis, Stratford, London, he went to fulfil the office ofGuardian at the Friary, Killarney. Soon after, he was appointed Guardian of St. Antony's, Forest Gate, and in 1896 he was elected Provincial. He subsequently occupied the office of Guardian at Glasgow. was elected first Guardian of the Friary, Liverpool, in 1912 and was more than once Guardian at Woodford Green, to which Friary he first came in 1918.
Lost year Fr. Alfred went to live at Buckingham, where, in the infirmities consequent upon extreme old age, he edified all by his constant patience and cheerfulness. He died, fortified by all the Rites of the Church. At his own wish, he was brought to Woodford for burial, after a Dirge and Requiem at Buckingham.
FR. VICTOR BOEHME, S.J.
LIVED IN RETIREMENT AT ST. BEUNO'S Fr. Victor Boehme died at St. Beuno's College, St. Asaph, on Wednesday, March 29, in his 75th year, Born in London of non-Catholic parents on October 17, 1869, Inc was received into the Church at Farm Street on February 14, 1885, and after studying for four yearseat Mount St. Mary's College, entered the noviceship of the Society at Roehampton on Sep tember 7, 1889. On conrpleting the usual course of studies, during which he taught in Malta from 1896 98, be was ordained pticst at St. Beuno's on July el, 1902.
Further periods of teaching followed, first at Stonyhurst in 1903, and then at St. Aidan's College, GrahamstoWn,
South Africa, from i 05-1911. After his return t15 England, hc was on the church staff at St." Francis Xavier's, Liverpool. from 1911-21 and then for shorter periods at the Sacred Heart, Accrington, St. Aloysius', Garnethill, Glasgow. and St. koysius., Oxford. In 1925 he was appointed to Holy Cross, St. Helens, and remained there until the church was handed over to the secular clergy in 1933.
After a short stay at Richmond, Yorkshire, he returned to St. Francis Xavitree Liverpool. in 1933. remaining there until his health began to fail in 1918. From 1938 to 1940 he was at Corpus Christi, Boscombe, until failing health compelled him to retire to St. Beuno's.
The ,Dirge was sung at St. Beuno's on Thursday, March 30, and the Solemn Requiem next day followed by the funeral at Pantasaph.
CATHOLICS HECKLE N.U.T. SPEAKER
So persistent was the heckling at a meeting of the N.U.T. in Sunderland last week tha4 the speaker, Mr. Ernrys Davies, of Manchester, had difficulty at times in continuing his speech, " The Education Bill and what it means to your child."
Great numbers of Catholics attended and in answer. to a question from the hall as to why the Scottish system of education should not be applied in England, Mr. Davies replied that the system had evolved during the past generations and could not be introduced piecemeal into England.
Mr. Davies said Catholics were not the only people to he asked to make sacrifices in order to see that the Bill went through. The N.U.T. weep sacrificing things they had fought for Volyears.
At the five district meetings held in the town during the previous week, resolutions had been put forward by the N.U.T. and in two cases they had been defeated. There was no resolution put at the mass meeting.
The Bishop of Shrewsbury has been made an Assistant at the Pontifical Throne, and has received an autographed letter of congratulation from the Floly Father on his 50 years of priesthood.
The Distinguished Flying Cross Is awarded to Wing Commander Patrick Edward Meagher, No. 211 Squadron, who was educated at Ratcliff College, Leicester, and at Stonyhurst, the Jesuit College, in recognition of his gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy. He is 33, and lives at Neston, Cheshire.
The King has approsed the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to 30-years-old Flight Lieutenant Peter Joseph Crowley, R.A.F., No. 226 Squadron, a native of Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry, of Plymouth.
BRO. WULSTAN SPICER, O.P.
DEATH AT PENDLETON
Brother Wutstan (Albert Victor) Spicer,. whose death occurred at St. Stbastian's'Priory, Salford. on April 1. was born in Worcester on July 15, 1891. and in 1912 went to the Dominican Priory at Woodchester to enter the Order as a lay brother.
He was given the habit ha September of that year and three years later, on September 21, 1915, he was professed as a Tertiary Brother, and shortly afterwards was assigned ro the Priory of St. Thomas at Flawkesyard, where in 1918 he was admitted to Solemn Profession. In 1919 he was transferred to Holy Cross Priory, Leicester, working there until 1927; after which -he served for a short period at Newcastle-on-Tyne, St. Sebastian's in Salford, and St. Dominies in London, N.W.
In 1932 tee was appointed to the then newly-founhd Priory of the Holy Ghost, Blackfriars, Oxford. where he worked for ten years until 1942, when he went once more to St. Sebastian's, His death occurred with tragic suddenness from a heart attack, but he died fortified by the Sacrament of Extreme Unction The Mass of Requiem was sung by the Provincial, Fr. . Bernet O'Driscoll, in St. Sebastian's Church, on April 5, and the funeral followed immediately in Agecroft Cemetery, North Salford.
Throughout the 32 years of his religious life Brother Wulstan showed himself an indefatigable and most cullscientioue worker, and 'endeared himself to his brethren by his cheerful and generous spirit. and his death at the comparatively catty age of 53 makes his loss a very serious one,
SISTER XAVIER BERKELEY
54 YEARS IN CHINA MISSION The death has occurred of Sister Xavier Berkeley, of the Sisterhood of Charity of St. Vincent de Paue after 54 years' work in China. She died, there of pleurisy at the age of 84.
The fourth daughter of the late Robert Berkeley and of Lady Catherine Berkeley, of Spetchley Park, Worcester, she was baptised Agnes. As a small child she was enrolled in the Society of the Holy Childhood, and the membership card issued to her happened to have a picture of soma sisters of St. Vincent rescuing a Chinese baby from drowning. Her vocation dated from that day, and as soon as she was old enough she left Worcestershire to prepare. She chose St. Francis Xavier for her patron, and shortly after her profession she set out for China in 1890.
She worked in Chinese hospitals and in a house set up by the Sisterhood for the saving of orphans abandoned by their parents. This house was almost destroyed in the Boxer rising, and the Sisters experienced great hardship.
In 191 1, Sister Xavier was appointed Superior of a convent at Tinghai, on the island of Chusan, where the Sisters have an orphanage of 200 infants. Thanks to her there is now a new orphanage, a home for the aged, one for imbeciles, a fully equipped hospital, a large school for externs and a school of arts and crafts. in which Sister Xavier specialised, Sister Xavier lived to see the grandchildren of her first pupils growing up as Christians, the boys being taught useful trades and the girls fine needlework. One of her early pupils became a bishop.
In 1938, when the town was ocettpied by the Japanese, many families took refuge in the convent, and food became a serious problem. Sister Xavier's " family " numbered over 500, and their diet had to consist of assert potatoes and a little rice. In her last let ter, which was 18 months pa the way. she mentioned to her sister that' they seldom went outside the gates, which were guarded by the Japanese, but that they had much to be thankful for.
DR. GRIFFIN'S BROADCAST
'■41111e FFt01,4 PAGE •ONE Freedom to Worship According to One's Conscience
" This does not mean that every man is in feet free to worship God in the way he thinks fit; for God Himself has told us how we are to worship Him, and we have therefore the obligation to worship Him as I-1e desires. Bui no man may he forced to embrace the truth against his wilt. We know how violently one religion has sometimes attacked another, and how such attacks have often been delivered under the auspices of State authority. In our own time Jews and Christians have been mur dered, outlawed, persecuted. It has happened in Mexico, in Spain. in Russia, and in Germany, and in some of these countries we have seen Christianity supplanted by a worship of the race or of the State. Never again must men be allowed to commit such cruelties against their fellows. Tolerance of the religion of others must be guaranteed by every State, and all should be granted equal opportunities to fallow the religion of their conscience, and allowed to have their churches, their schools and their ministers.
Freedom to Speak the .Truth "We know of nations where men and women, and even children, have been carefully instructed in what they were to say, and punished even with death if they insisted on speaking the truth. May we never see again a tyranny which refuses to hear the. truth. The answer for such tyrants has been provided by the Apostles of Christ; "We ought to obey God rather than man."
HOLY WEEK BROADCAST
Broadcasting again on Tuesday, this time in a Holy Week service, Mgr. Griffin said:
"This country, the countries of Europe, indeed, nearly all the countries of the world, are in agony to-day; nations, families and individuals are undergoing bitter suffering: countless multitudes maimed or wounded, countless families who mourn the loss of their loved ones; the peoples of occupied countries cruelly oppressed— the men deported or imprisoned in concentration camps. the women left helpless, children left starving and diseased. Think of the martyrdom of Poland, of France, of Belgium, of Holland. Has the world ever witnessed such abundance of sorrow, of pain, of seeming helplessness against the power of the evil one ?"