FATHER BERNARD GAFFNEY APPOINTED PROVINCIAL

Taken from the Middlesex Chronicle, 21st August 1943
(source: Andrew Rampling)






Father Bernard Gaffeny WF
has been appointed Provincial of the White Fathers in Great Britain, and will take up residence at Heston.

He is a Yorkshireman, and after taking up his studies at St Bede's, Bradford, Ushaw and Carthage was ordained in 1931. For five years he taught Humanities at the College of the White Fathers at Bishop Waltham, Hampshire. From there he came to Heston, and became widely known as a preacher and lecturer on the missions in Africa.

In 1937 he accompanied the Superior General of the White Fathers as British secretary on a tour of the African missions of the White Fathers.

At the outbreak of war Father Gaffeny was commissioned as a chaplain to the army, and was the first chaplain to land in Iceland. After two years in that country during which he built and conducted a very successful Catholic Services club. He returned to England for a few months.



ln 1942 he went to North Africa with the invading forces, which landed at Algiers. On the way out, at the request of the army authorities on board, he gave a number of talks on North Africa. He has now been released by the military authorities to take up his duties as Provincial of the White Fathers in Great Britain, with care of six houses in England and Scotland.

Father Bernard. T. Brown
, whom Father Gaffeny is succeeding has been appointed Superior of the White Fathers Scholasticate at Rossington Hall near Doncaster.

Father Owen McCoy WF, a former parish priest at Heston, has been released from the army, in which he served as a chaplain on the Gold Coast, West Africa to become the Superior of a new mission field opened by the White Fathers in Oyo, Nigeria.






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2ND WORLD WAR
PASSING THROUGH HESTON

Taken from the Middlesex Chronicle, 5th August 1944
(source: Andrew Rampling)


Three of the White Father army chaplains were recent visitors to Heston. Father Paul Haskew came home on leave after eleven years spent in West Africa, nine of them in Navrongo Vicariate ( Northern Ghana ), and two years with native troops. His place in West Africa has been taken by Father Joseph Haigh, while Father Haskew has left again, this time for the Far East.

Father Lawrence Smith and Father Thomas McGrail also came to stay at Heston, before leaving to take up appointments with the forces abroad. The most recent arrival was Father Harry Moreton, who has just come from Uganda.


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