The Message Bank
December 24th 2011
Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!
December 22nd 2011
I wish to convey my happy thoughts to everyone Pelicani for this Christmastime and the New Year that will hasten after it. Tempus fugit! For Edith and I this time of year is also tinged with the sadness of my Brother Billy passing on, his anniversary is 27th December. Last year the Christmas came and went and all I can recall is the hospital trips to see my brother. In life there is death, we are all bound for it eventually. Thinking of the 27th, the next big event for the WF's is the centenary at the old Priory that was. Edith and I will be attending; so we hope to see old and some new faces then. God bless everyone and those that are not too well, we wish a speedy recovery and future good health. bye for now, Peter and Edith
December 18th 2011
Just one week to go so whilst I remember may I take this opertunity to wish all Pelicans and their familys a Happy Christmass & Best wishes for year ahead, may God Bless and Keep you all.
December 6th 2011
To Eric Creaney, My sincere condolences for your sad loss.My prayers are with you and your family at this time.
November 17th 2011
Peter Prof McMurray
HI all The big 70 has been and gone yet I find myself still programming computers and battling nature the rest of the time. Global warming naysayers need to share my life for factual proof of it. Currently fencing and repairing greenhouse storm damage but the blessed rain keeps coming. Anyway I had a laugh as I went through back letters and saw the one about the GHOST of Father Rijkers. Who remembers that wonderful opening night in 1952 with a great commotion as a young Mr Obyrne and Mr Mackin tore around the dormitory in a great kerfuffle - the explanation from Mr Obyrne was that he was protecting Mr Mackin from his banshee - Mr Obyrne was to be known ever after as Banshee, a good chap I remember him making me a superb bow that shot an arrow straight over the college. One never even considered that it might have nailed some one on the other side Then of course there was the night the milk was abandoned in terror by young Kelly and assistant if I remember rightly. Who were the GHOSTS behind the haystack on Pasha Peake's paddock? Good Cheer One and all and many thanks to Paul West for the site
November 14th 2011
Marguerite Boulter (nee Noone)
It is quite by chance that I came across the Pelican Website. I was googling Fr Tony Hames, who I met in Fort Jameson (now Chipata) Zambia. I taught at St Monica's Sec School for nearly 3years 1965--1968. I live only 25 mins away from Bishops Waltham and would love to be able to share in the White Father's celebrations. I did spend one student vacation cooking at he Seminary in Totteridge. I guess I should also join the Pelicans too.
November 8th 2011
I was just catching up on photos after a long time, and noticed the picture of Burns Night 1958 at Monteviot. The smiling priest with glasses is Fr Van den Bosch, who was later Fr Superior at Broome Hall, and the priest on his left is Fr Andrew Murphy, later Provincial. Best wishes to all.
November 8th 2011
This note is especially for Owen Gormley in Fife, however, all Pelicans are welcome to see this. You can find Fr. Bouniol\'s book \"The White Fathers & Their Missions\" up temporarily at //www.mee.tcd.ie/~rdempsey/bouniol.html. This is a bunch of pdf files, images of the book pages. Robbie.
November 2nd 2011
Firstly a big THANK YOU to all of you who supported my Fundraising last year for Frs Terry Madden, Francis Barnes and Richard Sloan by buying the CD MEMORIES. A few months back I e-mailed everyone who bought a CD to thank you all (and I hope I did not leave anyone out!!). I met with the 3 guys over the summer and they were overwhelmed with people's generosity. With Christmas approaching I intend to get some more money to them. I still have some CD's left and if anyone would like one maybe as a present for someone please refer to the page under the Appeals section of the Website which Paul West kindly put together for me about how to contact me. Every penny collected will go to the 3 guys. Thanks again to everyone.
November 2nd 2011
Around this time, 8.30am on this date 2nd November 48 years ago, I, along with the other St Columba's Students, was standing on the edge of the Football Field looking at the place being engulfed in flames. Best Wishes to all who were there on that day.
October 24th 2011
Greetings all Pelicans
My name is Dr Thomas Molony, and I am a lecturer at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh. I am currently in the latter stages of a biography of the first thirty years of the life of Julius Nyerere, first president of Tanzania and graduate of the University of Edinburgh. It is not widely known that Nyerere was closely associated with the White Fathers, who had been in his area of birth in north-western Tanzania from at least the late 1800s, and who were officially his employers before he went to the UK to study. I have just come across your website after searching for Broome Hall on the internet. I was searching for Broome Hall as I have found a letter in the archives that Nyerere wrote from White Fathers’, Broomhall [sic], Coldharbour, Dorking, on 19 August 1949. I suspect that this was a study break from coaching in Science subjects that he was undertaking in Edinburgh (but not yet at the University of Edinburgh) at the time. I have a couple of questions that I’d like to put to the Pelicans. Some is in my search for new information, and some is to ensure that I get my facts correct. I note from Susannne Lamb’s history on your website that Broome Hall had formerly been a novitiate. I realise that this is an easy one that exposes my ignorance but, in a line or two, what was the purpose of Broome Hall as a novitiate? I also note from Susannne’s history that, shortly before Nyerere arrived, Broome Hall became a place for philosophy. This is particularly interesting as Nyerere was a keen and talented philosopher. Again in a line or two, who would study philosophy at Broome Hall, and what (broadly) would be on the curriculum? Are there any records that would shed some light on what Nyerere may have been doing at Broome Hall in August 1949? Who might he have invited Nyerere? I notice in the history that a Ron and Josaphat were Africans there at some time. Was there an African/east African/Tanganyikan connection at the time? Are there any records that might show how long Nyerere stayed? What might a short-term visitor to Broome Hall have done? What was the daily life for visitors? (i.e., were they expected to rest, to study, etc.?) I see that there are some photographs of Broome Hall on the website. Do any photographs exist from c1949? My guess is that we are unlikely to unearth photographs of Nyerere at that time, but are there any photographs of other Africans who were there c1949? I have read much by Father Arthur Wille about Nyerere, but there are two other Fathers I am also interested in. Before his time in UK, in 1942 Nyerere went to Nyegina mission (in what was then Tanganyika) and approached a Father Mathias Koenen for baptism. (Father Koenen refused, explaining to his visitor that baptism was sacred and required special preparation in order to receive it. Despite Nyerere’s reply that he had already been a catechumen for ten years and knew it well, Father Koenen insisted that he be prepared for baptism by a catechist, which he was.) Does anyone have any information on Father Mathias Koenen? In December 1943 Nyerere was baptised in the chapel of the Nyegina Catholic Mission by Father Aloysius Junker, also a Missionary of Africa. Does anyone have any information on Father Aloysius Junker? I appreciate that some of my questions expose my ignorance of the White Fathers, and that others are a long-shot. Nevertheless, I would grateful if anybody is able to shed some light on any of them. I would of course thank (unless you would prefer to remain anonymous) any information that I use in the biography. My e-mail address is Thomas.Molony@ed.ac.uk. My postal address is below if that is easier. Alternatively, I can phone anyone back if they would prefer to talk. Many thanks, Thomas Molony -- (Dr) Thomas Molony Lecturer in African Studies, Centre of African Studies Graduate School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15A George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD UK For the diary: CAS@50 Golden Anniversary Conference, 6-8 June 2012 --
October 17th 2011
I am pleased to tell you that the Message Board glitch was due to a technical problem experienced by BraveNet — who have given us a free Message Board and Traffic Counter for the past 10 years. They have restored things as they were, and, at the same time, have restored my faith in human nature! (Which was wavering a bit, I must confess). I will now start the process of transcribing the year 2010 messages into our Message Bank. (Gradually . . . )
October 5th 2011
Fr. Alan Fudge, who studied at Blacklion in the early '60s died on 5th August. His obituary can be read on the website of the parish of St. Charles Borromeo (http://www.oglestreet.org/) where he served as parish priest for over 30 years.
October 3rd 2011
Tomorrow, the 4 Oct, is the first anniversary of the sudden death of Charlie McLaren, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Please remember him in your prayers and I could also do with some, as I miss him so very much. Thanking you in anticipation. Jan
September 24th 2011
Love to make contact with old friends from White Fathers days. I was at St Columbas, Danby Hall and the Priory. Left White Fathers in 1967. Some good memories of those days and of the people there.Now living in Stratford-upon-Avon
September 12th 2011
Whilst in the screen for the Pelicans an offer was bobbing about with me being the 999 999th customer, suggesting a free iphone! Yes, I thought it might be honourable and was gullible enough to respond in the suggested manner even on my mobile (they sent asecret code this route), the three questions all answered, cost me £4 each. BE WARNED.
August 19th 2011
Pierre Aucoin, M.Afr.
On 2 July 2011 Peter Collyer in his message wrote, among other bits of news, that Fr. William (Bill) Lynch had died. I wrote in answer that as far as I knew this was incorrect. I can now ascertain that Fr. William Lynch died in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the day before yesterday, 17 August 2011. Funerals to be held to-morrow, 20 August 2011, in Toronto. R.I.P. Pierre Aucoin, M.Afr.
August 7th 2011
Passing through Blacklion Noon today
July 28th 2011
Patrick Gibbons - Pelican Treasurer
Due to the generousity of two of our members, I have just sent a cheque for £279.00 to Fr David Cullen. This means we now have £1.30 left in our account !! One of our members pays £10.00 directly into our account. If you wish to do the same the details are Nationwide Building Society, sort code 070093, a/c number 0772/702703557. Thank you for your help in the past, Yours Aye, Patick - Pelican Treasurer
July 27th 2011
hello to u all found this site am very proud off my time in blacklion in 68/69 and the friends i made and lost overtime great to see the pics.Am now retired had agreat working like helped by the foundation started in Blacklion hope i can get to meet some off my class mates soon if any one knows off any other meets off the group that spent time in Blacklion let us know.This brings back some great times thanks Joe from mullingar in ireland
July 24th 2011
Congratulations to John and Margaret Morton, celebrating fifty years of marriage tomorrow! Ad multos annos!
July 14th 2011
Faith of our fathers: my mother just reminded me of this hymn. At once I could hear the assorted voces fortissimi 'England/Scotland/Ireland/Wales/South Africa Shall then indeed be free!' Much the same happened on March 17th, with all those green valleys. Sorry for bringing this up if you've managed to get those tunes out of your head; blame my mother! Maurice.
July 6th 2011
Just thought about going into the site and seeing what has been happening since I last wrote in. Saddest news was the news of Fr. O'Donoghue's death. Indeed, I agree with the news provider, that he was an excellent teacher and strict, too! If only he could have sorted out some of today's youth. Well, as for me, I can report that I am still enjoying retirement from chocolate industry. Workplaces are no joy these days so glad to be trudging the towpaths of restored canals around these Midland parts. There are lots to see and the wildlife, especially the birds such as Chiffchaff and Spotted Flycatcher are heaven to hear and see. Year 2010 was a sad year for me with the health scare following my fall on the tennis court one evening in April and fracturing my left shoulder and the subsequent fright of maybe cancer therein! Thank God it was benign. I can only guess that falling over or jumping out from trees in Galley Down or even later in life contributed to the earlier break. No matter, all is now well and I am back playing tennis and bowls and table tennis and snooker and any game I can get involved in. Sport is such a healthy pastime. The other and sadder thing was my Brother, Billy died on 27 December. I miss him and the caring I had to do for him. He wnet quickly so I thank God for that too. Being diabetic for many years, type 2, he did not have the best of lives but he was a happy man and such a marvellous brother to me. He was the best, really was. Well, better sign off to let someone else have the computer.....God bless everyone, Peter V-H
July 2nd 2011
I was in philosophy at Broome Hall 1948-1950 & s'Heerenberg 1950/51. I am in email contact with both Charlie McCarthy & Ken Mortimer. I see today, checking on News that of our fellow seminarians, Fr A Smith WF died on 27/5/2011. I knew that Frs Joe Brankin & Bill Lynch & others have all gone to the Heavely Father. Ken, Charlie & I, all octogenarians now are still busily engaged in our apostolates & scattered over the globe. Ken is in Beirut, Lebanon, Charlie in Mallow, Cork, Eire & myself in Adelaide, Sth Australia. We wonder whether any others from our year are still 'at large'? If so then I will be delighted to hear from you!
June 8th 2011
Dear members of Pelicans, A couple of weeks ago I was asked by the Superior General to be a member of the History Team of the Society. Frs Jean-Claude Ceillier, Frank Nolan and Aylward Shorter have written (or are in the process) of writing the overall history of the Society. I thought that I would prepare a smaller work on the History of Formation in the Society of the Missionaries of Africa. As I am presently in our French speaking noviciate in Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina Faso) I have no access to archives, I am sending out questionnaires to confreres asking them to share their memories of the years in formation. Before going into the details of the formation, I need first of all to get an overall view of the various houses, their formation styles, the problems and successes. It is only after that that I will check things out in the archives. I would be happy to send a questionnaire to anyone who might like to participate. I am particularly interested in the changes that took place in the sixties and seventies and how the Society responded (or not) to them. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks Dave Sullivan Année Spirituelle, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
May 26th 2011
Forgive me if I am posting this in the wrong place. I felt I had to share it with you. One of my childhood memories of St Columba’s has just been shattered. As a young fledgling newly arrived at St Columba’s College in September 1963 I was told of The Ghost of Father Icas who walked through the dormitories on the anniversary of his death…. Tonight was the night. I had only been there a matter of days, terribly homesick, and now I was faced with ghosts. It was late. I must have already been asleep but was awoken by the sound of footsteps, the click of leather soles on the hard floor echoing through the dormitory. Slowly, but oh so slowly, the steps came closer, the clicking of the rosary beads hanging from his waist clearly audible in the silence of the night. I was petrified. Trying to wake up the boy next to me with a whisper had no effect. I was alone. Hardly daring to move and attract attention I slowly retreated under the bedclothes and there I waited until the footsteps faded and disappeared. I have told this story countless times to my own children and to the thousands of children I have taught through the years. My visits to St Columba’s are quite frequent at the moment as I am in Scotland on a weekly basis and so walk the dog through the grounds and along the River Tweed en route back to Newcastle. Last week we walked down the pathway to the gravestones of the 3 White Fathers buried there and then I saw it. Father Rijkers. Of course – this was my Father_Icas. This was the ghost I had lived with all these years. Died 29th April 1912. It wasn’t September at all - to coincide with gullible new boys in the First Year. I had been tricked. I have been trying to think who duped me in this way and have a sneaky suspicion it was my brother Michael in the Second Year!
May 23rd 2011
I would like to contact Frank Sullivan. Can anyone help me, please?
May 15th 2011
Dear Someone, I am looking for deatils on Brother Kevin Corbishey (my father's 1st cousin) who was born in Preston Lancashire and died in Uganda. Thenak you in anticipation Stephen Corbishley
April 4th 2011
Here's a little snippet of BW history. I wonder how many other local/ village amenities are having to surrender to big business. I don't recall this shop ( presumably on the BW high st) does any one else. (Extracted from Daily Telegraph Mon 28th March 2011) LAST ORDERS FOR BRITAIN'S OLDEST OFF LICENCE. Britain’s oldest off-licence is to shut down, after almost 400 years. Baker’s in Bishops Waltham, near Southampton, Hants, has been serving alcohol since 1617 but shut up shop for the last time at the weekend because the owners could no longer afford the rent. Bosses also feared a new Sainsbury store planned for the tiny town would erode their profits. The business was owned by two families for 244 years. Colin Baker the managing director, said he could not commit to a new lease “with Sainsbury’s looming”. He also said there was a lack of customers in the village and “ the overheads are just too high. He added: “ We had to look at the potential to break even and it just wasn’t there.”Oliver Bartley, the off-licence manager said: ”The main problem has been the downturn. Because people are earning less money they want to spend less on wine”
April 3rd 2011
I have just heard,via his nephew, that Fr John O' Donaghue died on Friday. I understand that his funeral will be at Rutherglen on Tuesday at 1pm. I'm sure that all who knew him will remember him with great affection. He was the best teacher I ever had . Yours Aye, Patrick
March 28th 2011
Cynthia O'Boyle via her daughter Moyra'a e-mail
Message to Father Frank Barnes from Cynthia o'Boyle via her daughter Moyra's e-mail. Frank we lost contact with each other as I moved 2 years and am now living in Chalfont St Peter, Bucks. I would love to know how you are doing and I pray for you everyday and send you my best wishes and love. Please get in touch via Moyra and she will be able to give you my contact details. Cynthia
March 24th 2011
Pat McHale has alerted me to an interesting webpage: http://www.st-aug-leeds.co.uk/twinning.htm which shows a link between a Leeds parish and Itaka in the diocese of Mbeya, Tanzania, where Fr. Michael Kelly is parish priest. Priorians of the 1950s and 60s will remember Michael and his enthousiasm, and especially the time and encouragement he gave to us.
March 7th 2011
From Robert today: Dear Maurice, Thanks for your mail. I'm happy that you've got our news because the situation back in the country is indeed very tense. We've managed to leave the place, some to Ghana, others to Burkina. Our area there is one of the worst war zones, and now very few people have remained. We hope and pray that the fighting will stop and people get some safety. Please, do continue praying for us, and for the whole country. Robert.
March 1st 2011
Please pray for today's Pelicans in Abidjan. Robert tells me that the house has been hit by a missile; it is close to the presidential palace. The society are getting the guys out, but Robert was still in town on Sunday evening, having been slapped about and shot at by soldiers. No word since.
January 17th 2011
For: Hugh McVey - Dear Hugh, would be delighted to send you greetings if you care to leave your email address with Paul West. Or email me ( email@example.com ). Best wishes, Robbie Dempsey.
January 15th 2011
Mick Creechan has sent me information regarding Father Patrick Harrity's Golden Jubilee. He urges as many people as possible to attend the celebration. Go to the NEWS section to see the details.
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