COMMENTING on the centenary today (Friday) of the consecration of Dr. Thomas Grant, first Bishop of Southwark, the Southwark Record says that when the present Bishop. Mgr. Cowderoy, was in Rome last year surprise was expressed at the English College that no attempt had been made to proceed with Dr. Grant's canonisation.
The Record adds, however, that "before such a privilege could be accorded us, the life and labours of Bishop Grant would need to be studied and appreciated far more fully by his own diocesans."
It suggests the names of two priests who might write a full-length biography.
Dr. Grant, Rector of the English College in Rome at the time of the Hierarchy's restoration, was Bishop of Southwark for nearly 20 years.
When Pope Pius IX heard of his death, he said: "Un alum santo in paradiso"—another saint in heaven.