A Benedictine monk who spent eight years of his life as Abbot of Fort Augustus and 15 as a pastoral priest in Sweden has died in England. He was the Right Rev. John Oswald Eaves, OSB, Titular Abbot cif Paisley, and former VicarGeneral of Sweden.
His remarkable life began in Preston, Yorkshire, on March 31, 1909. He was educated at the Abbey School in Fort Augustus by the Benedictine monks. and later joined the order, being ordained at the abbey in 1934.
For a time he taught at St Andrew's School in Canaan Lane, Edinburgh. which was evacuated to Fort Augustus on the outbreak of war in 1939. At the end of the war the monks bought property at Carlekemp. near North Berwick, East Lothian, and the school was transferred there, with Fr Eaves being elected prior and headmaster.
In 1952 he was appointed Abbot of Fort Augustus, where he remained for the eight-year period of office until 1960 when he received an invitation from Bishop Ansgar Nelson of Sweden, who had been a novice with him at Fort Augustus, to go there and help him.
This he did, and he worked in Sweden until August of last year. He was made Vicar-General of Sweden, and founded a highly successful ecumenical centre at Karlstad.
Working from Karlstad he administered to an area equivalent to the whole of Belgium, travelling thousands of miles to say Mass for Catholic communities.
He was advised last summer to retire because of ill-health, and he returned to Carlekemp and taught religious knowledge for the last few months of his life.
He became seriously ill during a visit to the north of England, and went through a major operation at Friargage Hospital, Northallerton, Yorkshire. He died in hospital on Wednesday last week.
Abbot Nicholas Holman of Fort Augustus and members of the corn
munity offered Requiem Mass at the abbey on Tuesday morning and the interment was at the Abbey cemetery.
Archbishop Finbar Ryan, OP
Bishop C. Lucey of Cork and Ross officiated at the Solemn Requiem Mass last Monday for Archbishop Finbar Ryan, OP Titular Archbishop of Villamaana formerly Archbishop of Port of Spain, Trinidad. Archbishop Ryan, died in Cork at the Bon Secours Home on Friday, January 10, aged 92.
The Requiem in St Mary's, Pope's Quay, was attended by many relatives and friends, including John Ryan, Catholic Herald cartoonist, a nephew of the late Archbishop. Civic dignitaries included the Lord Mayor of Cork, Ald P. Wyse, TD, and the Minister for Transport and Power, Mr Peter Barry. After Mass, Archbishop Ryan Was buried in the Dominican burial ground at St Joseph's Cemetery.
Cardinal Paul Meoushl, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the Orient, aged RO, at the patriarchal seat at Bkerki, near Beirut. He had been ill for several months.
Cardinal Mcoushi was horn in 1er/in, South Lebanon, and educated in Beirut and Rome, graduating in philosophy, theology and canon law. He spent most of his early life in the United States,
in 1917 he was ordained priest in Rome, and in 1934 appointed Vicar in Tyre, South Lebanon, of which he later became Bishop. He was appointed Maronite Patriarch in 1955 and consecrated Cardinal in 1965.
Canon Humphrey Lynch, in Killarney, Ireland, parish priest of St Anne's, Higher Openshaw. Manchester, from 1946 to 1972, aged 76. He was horn in Killarney and educated at St Kieran's College, Killarney and St Mary's College, Oscott, Birmingham. He was ordained priest in 1922.
He was curate at St Anne's, Accrington, 1922-36; St Joseph's. Salford, 1936-40. From 1940 to 1946 he was parish priest of St Winifred's. Heaton Mersey.
Fr Patrick Francis Cronin, parish priest of St Bernadette, Whitchureh, Bristol, aged 50. He was born at Castlemain, Co Kerry, and educated at St John's College, Waterford. He studied for the priesthood at Oscott College, Birmingham, and was ordained priest in the Church of the Holy Apostles, Bristol, in 1948.
He served as an assistant priest at Frome and at St Peter's, Gloucester, until 1957, when he moved to Salisbury and opened the new parish of the Holy Redeemer, Bishopdown, Salisbury, in 1964. He returned to Bristol in 1968 to take charge of the new parish of St Bernadette, Whitchurch. Since 1968, Fr Cronin had served on the Clifton Diocesan Schools Commission, of which he was secretary for the last few months.
Evelyn Bancroft de Bidder, vicepresident of the Legion of Mary Senatus for England and Wales front 1952 to 1958, in a London hospital, aged 60.
Born in Forest Gate, London, she was educated at St Angela's Convent School for Girls and entered the Civil Service, Post Office Department in 1932. She became interested in the Legion of Mary Apostolate shortly after the last war, joining the group which arranged talks on the Catholic Faith for interested non-Catholics.
She became president of this group in 1950 and the series of talks held at the former Grail Centre in Sloane Street owed a lot to her diligence. When the Legion formed its Christian Unity Committee some 12 years ago she was appointed chairman.
At the recent provincial chapter held at Ilkley, Yorkshire, the Passionists reappointed Fr Hubert Condron as provincial, The other members of the provincial's teem are Fr Colum Devine and Fr Ignatius McElligott.