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BISHOP HORAN’S RECEPTION., Issue 8033, 9 October 1889
BISHOP HORAN’S RECEPTION.
On his return to Dunedin last evening from his visit to Europe Bishop Moran was met by a large crowd of the Catholic congregation, the Hibernian Society in regalia, and others, and was received with ringing cheers. A procession, headed by the Ordnance Baud, was at once formed, a carriage drawn by four horses being provided for the bishop, aud on arrival at the cathedral colored lights were displayed and the cheering renewed. The holding capacity of the cathedral was taxed to its utmost. Addresses were presented from the clergy and laity (uy Archdeacon Coleman), from the confraternities (by Mr J. P. Perrin), from the Hibernian Society (by Bro. W. Carr, secretary), aud from the altar boys (by Master Healey), On behalf of the diocese Archdeacon Coleman also presented His Lordship with a purse containing L7OO. Bishop Moran, in reply, said: My dear friends,—You have imposed on me a very heavy burden this evening, and I can assure you that no words of mine can convey to you the depth and sincerity of my thanks, or explain to you the gratitude that I feel this evening for this magnificent demonstration, and for the fine reception you have given me. When leaving Dunedin some seven months ago it was my intention to return if possible within six months. I have not been able to fulfil that intention, but scarcely seven months have elapsed, so that only a very short time more than I had anticipated has been spent in tho discharge of the duties of my mission to Europe. Sheer necessity—that is the necessities of the diocese—called me away, and I was determined that my absence should be as short as possible, for I have learned from the Holy Church that a bishop’s proper place is in his own diocese, there to care for and there to labor for his people ; but from time to time occasions arise which call a bishop away from his diocese in order by so doing, and by so acting as I have acted, to promote the better the interests of the people of the diocese. It was necessary for me to go in order to provide a sufficient staff of priests, and also, if possible, to secure the service of additional assistance for our schools. Your prayers, I am convinced, accompanied me from first to last; and to those prayers, with tho blessing of God, is due whatever success has attended my efforts. These on this occasion have been particularly successful. I have been enabled to come back to you with five additional priests and with a number of young ladies who are determined to devote themselves to the service of God and to the education of this diocese. In addition to this I have been enabled to make such arrangements as will secure a regular supply of priests for this diocese ; so that I trust that at least during my life-time—though it may be necessary for me, should I live sufficiently long, to visit the Holy See again—it will never be necessary for me to go to Europe in search of priests. This, I know, will be pleasing news to you all; for there is nothing you have so much at heart as to have amongst you a sufficient number of priests to attend to your spiritual wants and requirements, and to guide you in the great work of Christian education. I paid, of course, a visit to the Holy See —ad limena apostolorum; there to render an account of my stewardship, and to lay before the Holy Father an accurate statement of the state of religion in this diocese. His Holiness received mo with his usual paternal kindness, and asked most earnestly and at great length concerning the state of religion, and the practice of the requirements and the duties of that religion on the part of the people, To all his questions I was enabled to give a satisfactory reply, and when he had heard all that I had to say on the subject he seemed greatly pleased, desired me to convey to you his sentiments in your regard, to explain to you how you held a place in his heart, how he loved you and prayed for you, how he blessed you; and he desired me on my return to bless you on his behalf, and to bestow on you the plenary indulgence, and this I will do in a formal manner next Sunday. As you have heard, I believe, we also had some conversation, and a great deal, concerning the affairs of Ireland, which are so near to the hearts of all Irishmen scattered wherever they may be throughout the world. It would not be becoming on my part, either now or at any other time, to give public expression to tho whole of that conversation; but I may be permitted to sum it up in a few words, and to say to you “that the Irish nation aud tho Irish race hold an important place in his heart that he esteems them highly, that be is thoroughly acquainted with their service to religion and their devotion to the Holy Church, and that there is, I believe, no man existing who has more deeply at heart the interests, the peace, and the prosperity of Ireland and Irishmen than our Holy Father. The public Press may have been instrumental in spreading abroad certain reports, and perhaps endeavored to put, as it were, a barrier between the Holy Father and his children, but I am glad to be enabled to say that you ought not to pay any attention to those reports ; on the contrary, I would ask you to believe my word when I tell you that His Holiness is your friend in every point of view. Not only is he your spiritual father, but he is also your friend so far as your temporal interests are concerned; and there is no one, I believe, who has Ireland and the Irish people more dearly at heart than Pope Leo XIII. His Lordship continued : They also called to mind in their kind addresses the part that he (Bishop Moran) was privileged to take on a certain occasion in the city of Cashel—that ancient city of the kings around which gathered so many glorious and, at the same time in a certain way, sad memories—which had been the scene of most important events more than a thousand years ago. He felt that he was honored by being permitted to take that part, and he felt that they were honored in his person, and that what he did there was highly pleasing to them. After that great ceremony was over and there were no less than 10,000 people present at it—the Dean of Cashel asked him to say a few words, and he spoke the words to which they had alluded. Then, not satisfied with saying kind things to him and attributing to him things for which he was conscious that ho did not deserve praise, they superadded this by giving him a large bag of money —so heavy a bag that he was unable to hold it, and therefore had to confide it to the care of a stronger man—Father Lyneh.—(Laughter.) As on other occasions, when he had been called upon to thank them for their generosity, he might say that every shilling of that money would be devoted to the cause of religion and of education in this diocese, and that he would not appropriate to his personal uso a single shilling. Nevertheless, he thanked them as heartily for their generous gift as if he was himself to be the sole enjoyer of it. He had also to thank the confraternities for their beautiful address. These societies were the glory of tho crown of tho cathedral. To him they were a source of great happiness, a great comfort and consolation. He sincerely wished and prayed that their numbers might be increased, that the confraternities and societies would flourish more and more, and that the time was not far distant when every man and woman, without exception, belonging to that congregation would be enrolled as a member of one or other of these societies. They spoke of their desire for the completion of the cathedral, and they hoped that before his next visit to Europe—should Almighty
God be pleased to spare him to make another visit—he might have the happiness of dedicating that completed cathedral. Ho entered into their feelings and sympathised with thorn, and he assured them that no one could be more anxious to see the completion of that beautiful building than ho was. It gave him great pleasure to find that the initiative came from them, for, to speak honestly, ho feared to make another demand on tneir generosity, tfc remembered how nobly they had aided iu the erection of the cathedral so far, what sacrifices they had made, how they had kept at the work unflinchingly, how they showed —to use an expression that was very common—wlrat bottom there was in them. He knew the sacrifices they had made and tho large sums they had willingly subscribed ; and he was unwilling so soon to make another demand on their generosity and their kindness. But they themselves were desirous of the completion of this work. He rejoiced at that, and ho would avail himself of the suggestion. He had also to thank the Hibernian Society for their address, and ho desired and prayed heartily that that society might increase in numbers. It was an admirable society ; it was thoroughly Catholic; and, properly carried out, it could not faiUo be a source of great blessing to nil its members and the families of members. It was, also, in another point of view, most desirable, because of the good example it gave, and because of the very name it bore. He had also to thank the boys of tho altar—those good little fellows who played so edifying a part and were so regular in their service at mass. Often had he admired the fervor and the regularity and the unflinching devotion with which they discharged their duties, and he could assure them that he appreciated very highly their services to religion, and that he entertained for every one of them —not only collectively, but individually—the very highest esteem. He was glad to see them coming forward that evening and acting the manly part on that occasion, and he was extremely obliged to them for their gifts. He had also to thank the confraternities for their charming gift. There were some other thingshe would like tosayto them, but he feared to trespass too much upon theirkindnessandattention. They hadplaced him under an obligation which he feared it would never be in his power to fully discharge. In addition to having _ procured priests and a number of young ladies to promote the cause of religion and education in the diocese, he had also made other arrangements which would be completed before very long, and when completed would, he knew, give great satisfaction. It was not necessary for him to go into details ; the events would prove themselves, and they would soon see that to which he now made allusion. During his absence the parishes o! the diocese and the diocese itself had been c»red for in a way that more than fulfilled ■his expectations. When he was leaving hi knew he was imposing undue burdens upon many that he was asking them to do too much—but seeing the necessities of the case the clergy hesitated not a moment. They labored indefatigably, and the work of the diocese had been carried on admirably during his absence. There was one to whom he had confided the care of all the diocese, whom they had known as long as they had known the speaker ; whoso services had been indefatigable in this diocese ; whoso labor had been productive of great fruit; who had worked indefatigably and disinterestedly; and who had made great and generous sacrifices for them and their children. He had now to announce to them that the Holy Father, the Pope, taking into account the long and successfn 1 and able and disinterested services of Archdeacon Coleman, had been pleased to raise him to the first rank of Roman prelates, and that hereafter he would he known amongst them as tho Right Reverend Monsignor Coleman. He was sure that this announcement would give them very great satisfaction, He had also to thank the administrator of that cathedral and his assistants for their great and successful 'labors, and he was sure that ho only Interpreted their sentiments when he said that they all, bishop and people, were deeply grateful to them for their services. There were one or two other matters upon which, with their permission, he wished to say a word or two. There was an exhibition to be opened here, he believed, next month. He rejoiced to find that it was so, and lie wished for that Exhibition all success. He saw the building as he came in that evening, and it astounded him. It had grown far beyond his most sanguine expectations. No doubt the Exhibition would be attractive and would bring a number of visitors to town. He wished it success, and would pray that it might be successful, and that it would be the means of real instruction to every one of them. He had seen from the newspapers that the question of education and of aid to their schools had been brought before Parliament. He regretted that the motion was not successful, but there_ were some circumstances concerning it which were very striking and pleased him exceedingly. Be observed that tho ablest speeches were made by the advocates of justice, and he perceived another thing which was very striking—that the gentlemen and the scholars and the statesmen and the men of sense were all on the side of justice, and were all advocates of aid to their schools. This he considered a good omen, and from it he argued that the day of success—that day for which they had battled so long—would not ho very much longer delayed. He hoped that it might be so; but be that as it may, their duty was clear before them. They had hitherto brought up their children in their own schools, and instilled them with the principles of faith. What they had done in the past they must continue to do, and under the blessing of Heaven should continue to the end. Come weal or woe, come opposition or aid, come sympathy or the most determined opposition, the work must be maintained ; they must be firm, and not flinch. God was with them, and when God was with them it mattered not who was against them. They might have to make sacrifices. What of that? The glory of man was in sacrifice. The world was redeemed by sacrifice. All that was great and good in tho world was obtained by sacrifice, and the man who would not make a sacrifice for justice and truth hardly deserved the name of man at all; hut this reproach they never had deserved, and ho felt confident they would never deserve. Their Catholic education—no matter what Parliament might do—must go on and on until every Catholic child in that diocese was educated in a Catholic school. In conclusion, the bishop again thanked the congregation for the great demonstration that evening—a demonstration which personally, he said, he did not deserve, but which he knew was given, not to the man, but to the Hshop, the representative of the Vicar of Christ here on earth.—(Applause.) The congregation then slowly dispersed, and the bishop, after visiting the convent, proceeded to his residence. The display of fireworks in honor of his return was continued for some considerable time, and the Young Cecilians, under the Rev. Bro. Hughes, sang ‘ Home, sweet home,’ their voices sounding very pleasantly in the open air. After his return to the palace the bishop entertained the clergy at supper, and a few toasts were honored. The Right Rev. Monsigner Coleman proposed tho health of the bishop, who responded and gave the toast of Father Coleman. The bishop also proposed tho health of Archbishop Carr, of Melbourne, and the clergy of Victoria, coupling with tho toast the name of Father Fitzgerald, the parish priest of South Yarra, who was present. In proposing this toast, the bishop referred in grateful terms to the services rendered by the priests of the Dunedin diocese during his absence in the cause of the Catholic religion. Father Fitzgerald remarked in reply that Bishop Moran was highly respected by everybody In Melbourne, from the archbishop down to the humblest curate.
BISHOP HORAN’S RECEPTION., Issue 8033, 9 October 1889
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