Canon Joseph Chew of the diocese of Salford has died after
58 years as a priest. He was 87. Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, Canon Chew was ordained in 1932.
Canon Chew served as a curate in Bolton, Eccles and Ribchester. In 1948 he was appointed rector of St Hilda's, Tottington, where he stayed until 1957 when he became parish priest of Guardian Angels, Bury. From September 1968 until February 1975 he was dean of Bury.
In March 1975 he was appointed an honorary canon.
He remained at Guardian Angels until his retirement in 1986 when he moved to Mc Auley Mount, Burnley.
Fr Pius Smart OFM Cap JCL died at Glan Clwyd Hospital,
North Wales, recently. He collapsed daring a meeting of the European English-speaking Capuchin Conference taking place in the area.
Archbishop John Ward of Cardiff, a guest at the meeting, annointed Fr Pius before he was rushed to hospital.
He was a member of the Great Britain Province of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin for 36 years, joining in 1954. He was principal member of the working party of the National Conference of Priests preparing for the National Pastoral Congress in Liverpool in 1980, one of the most important events in the life of the church in this country since the second Vatican Council. He was also a member of the Laity Commission.
In 1977 Fr Pius became secretary of the Conference of the Major Religious Superiors where he had an immense influence helping congregations and orders with a wide variety of tasks.
In 1987 he became Dean of Studies in Canterbury and shortly after this vice principal of the Franciscan Study Centre at Canterbury. He was a prominent member of the Association of Teachers of Moral Theology, a noted canon lawyer and had been on a number of the working parties of the Canon Law Society of Great Britain.
He advised numerous congregations on legislation and on the practical aspects of the religious life.
Fr James Walsh, parish priest of St Aloysius in Hebburn in the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, has died just weeks after North Housing Association announced they were to name a new housing development in Hebburn after him.
Last year Fr Walsh, from Co Kilkenny, Ireland, became the first freeman of South Tyneside since the creation of the borough in 1973.
He came to England after his ordination at St Kieran's College, Co Kilkenny, in 1928_ He served in parishes in Hexham, Dunstan and Willington, Co Durham before joining St Aloysius in 1955.
In the 1960s he oversaw the creation of a second parish — St James — in Hebburn.
From the bishops' diaries
EDUCATION matters feature large in the bishops' diaries this coming week as schools and colleges around the country open for the new autumn term.
Bishop Howard Tripp auxiliary in Southwark, celebrates a teachers' mass at Sutton Green on Tuesday afternoon. On Saturday afternoon Bishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor of Arundel and Brighton visits St Mary's School, Crowborough, to mark its silver jubilee. Bishop Augustine Harris of Middlesbrough celebrates a dedication mass for all of Cleveland's Catholic teachers at Coulby Newham on Tuesday evening. He attends an education induction day at North Riding College, Scarborough, on Saturday.
Bishop Vincent Malone, auxiliary in Liverpool, attends a staffing committee meeting in Liverpool at the Institute of Higher Education on Thursday morning, and in the evening visits the Cardinal Newman High School in Hindley.
On Friday he presides at the schools' commission meeting at the curial offices.
Cardinal Basil Hume of Westminster will lead the national pilgrimage to Walsingham on Sunday. Bishop Alan Clark of East Anglia will also be taking part.
Bishop David Konstant of Leeds will be in Rome all week.
Bishop Crispian Hollis of Portsmouth will consecrate the altar at St Joseph's Grayshott, on Saturday evening.
Bishop Mervyn Alexander of Clifton attends a meeting of the Art and Architecture Committee of the bishops' conference in Surrey from Thursday to Sunday.
A celebration of the interfaith dimension in the life and spirituality of St Francis of Assisi will be held at St Francis of Assisi Church, Pottery Lane, Notting Hill Gate, London, on Sunday October 7, from 3 pm to 5 pm. Participants are asked to bring readings, prayers, musical instruments, and food to share.
Turvey Abbey will host a charismatic weekend from October 12-14, under the guidance of Dom Benedict Heron OSB, with Pat and Ray Briskham.