Journal Volume 4 2004

A priest, an Altar and a Window (continued/4)

In Conclusion

So as I have very briefly outlined to you St Matthew's may have direct links with Ridley, Bishop and Martyr, and contributor to Cranmer's revision of the Book of Common Prayer and the 39 articles of religion. There are links also with the nationally renowned Dr Thomas Grimshaw who at the end of the 19th century was responsible for introducing underground sewage to Dublin resulting in a massive reduction in deaths from cholera, typhus and other diseases. His great grandson also gives St Matthew's links with a world famous architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw who was responsible for the design of what is knows as the 8th Wonder of the World - the Eden Project in Cornwall. But perhaps our most loved person is Father Pat who as a missionary priest brought the Gospel to mine workers and railway workers in British Colombia and built the first church in the Rockies. He has his special day January 14 in the Canadian Church Prayer book. If it was the custom to nominate saints in our church Bishop Ridley and Father Pat would be among them.

    • Research and correspondence by Miss J Ringrose, Honorary Archivist, Pembroke College Cambridge, also Robin Darwell Smith, Magdalene College, Oxford, Christian Corlett, Archaeologist, Sandra McElroy, National Museum Dublin

    • Rev. H Christmas, Life and Works of Nicholas Ridley, 1841

    • Robert Jennings, A Chapel of Ease, 1986

    • Newcastle and Newtownmountkennedy Parish Records

    • Mrs Jerome Mercier, Father Pat, A Hero of the Far West

    • The Venerable P S Irwin, The Irwins of Prospect House, Newtownmount-kennedy

    • Fred J Smyth, The Stolen Church

    • Addleshaw & Etehells, The Architectural Setting of Anglican Worship, Faber & Faber, 1948

    • Dublin Tourism, Dr Thomas Wrigley Grimshaw Physician & Philanthropist, Kellogg's breakfast cereal advertisement


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