The Right Revd. Mgr. W.J. Convery V.F.
It was with dismay we learnt of the unexpected death in
of this humble saintly priest.
We had the pleasure of welcoming
him back to the Alma Mater in the previous June.
eagle, he came to renew his
in a mere resurrection of memories of happy hours spent in
All Hallows, but in the stirring up of the grace that was
given to him in ordination here on June 24th, 1889.
Knowing the value of a retreat, he came to the peace of
college for his last retreat. We little knew it was to be
his last retreat, but he seems to have known it himself. I
met him on the morning he came from his solitude and I
thanked him for giving us all such good example, expressing
at the same time the hope that he might be spared to
edify us again in a similar way. "
It is easy, Father," he said to me, " to
be earnest when death is near.
I fear I shall not make another retreat."
On ordination day, after the presentation of the prizes, the
President invited him to speak to the students. He did so,
simply, directly and with undeniable sincerity,
the importance of zeal, and the danger of forgetting the
dignity of the priesthood. The young priest, he said, should
put duty and priestly work before all else. He might well
have offered us his own life as his teaching in practice.
Kindliness, humility, love for the things of God
He was born at Lavey, Co. Derry, in 1863, of parents who
were, as he said himself, far more rich in faith and
spiritual things than in this world's goods. At the end of
his course in St. Malachy's College, Belfast, he came to All
Hallows, where he was ordained for the Archdiocese of
Dubuque. In 1912 he became parish priest of Charles City,
Iowa, a charge which he retained until his death. Vir
simplex, et rectos, et timens Deum.
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