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Name:Fr. Angus Ewen MacLean
Address:St. Charles, Kelvinside
Originally from:Smerclate, South Uist
Date of funeral:18/10/1994
Funeral Location:St. Peter's RC Church, Daliburgh
Occupation:Catholic Priest
Additional Info:The following was taken from the St. Peter's Parish Newsletter dated 16th October 1994:
"It is with profound sadness that we record the death of Father Angus MacLean, the Parish Priest of St. Charles, Glasgow. Father Angus's mother was Joan MacLean (nee Maclnnes) from Smerclate and his father, John MacLean, from Milton. His father was lost at sea during the war when Angus was only 1 week old.
Fr. Gus was a frequent and very welcome visitor to the parish. Father Angus was for a time a Curate in the Immaculate Conception in Maryhill Glasgow. When Blairs College, the National Junior Seminary was closed, Father Angus, who had been Spiritual Director there, was given the mammoth task by the Bishops of Scotland of creating and looking after a framework within which young men were attracted to the priesthood and were given help and encouragement and guidance towards senior seminary. It is a credit to Father Angus's outstanding ability that he masterminded the changeover from a Junior Seminary system - from which the majority of senior seminarians came - and eventually priests, to a system in which young men interested in the priesthood, remained in their home environment, and were helped and encouraged to pursue their priestly vocation - eventually leading to senior seminary. Some vocations in our Diocese have already passed through this system.
Father Angus died on Wednesday evening after suffering a severe heart attack the week previously. This had been his third attack in a matter of years. As all can testify, Father Angus had a relaxed, cheery, personality that brightened up any company in which he was found and he was a most welcome and welcoming guest wherever he was.
Father Angus requested that he be buried in Daliburgh. His remains will come to Uist by Charter Flight on Tuesday morning. The Funeral Mass will take place at 11.30 am. Father Angus also asked that all those present at his funeral be given a meal afterwards. To comply with his wishes, a meal will be served in St. Peter's Hall after the interment in Hallan Cemetery. All present at the funeral Mass are invited to it.
God of mercy and love, grant to Angus your servant and priest, a glorious place at your heavenly table, for you made him here on earth a faithful minister of your word and sacrament. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen." (Written By Canon John Angus Galbraith October 1994).
This statement followed in the next week's newsletter dated 23 Oct. 1994: "FUNERAL MASS
The Funeral Mass of Father Angus Ewen MacLean, parish priest of St. Charles, Kelvinside, who died on the 12 October, aged 50, took place in St Peter's, Daliburgh on Tuesday 18 October. Eight priests from the Archdiocese of Glasgow joined with eight from the Islands for a concelebrated Mass. The remains were taken home by a chartered flight from Glasgow on which the priests and many of Father Angus's relatives came. Despite the adverse weather conditions the visitors were able to make the return flight.
Bishop Wright, who had been the main celebrant at a concelebrated special Mass with two hundred priests from throughout Scotland the previous day in St. Charles, Kelvinside, sent his apologies, as did Father Donald MacKay of Castlebay who was prevented by bad weather from crossing the sound.
After the Mass, to comply with Father Angus's wishes, a set meal was offered to all those who were present at Mass. Over one hundred and thirty people came to the hall for the meal."
Lair Number:158
Gravestone Inscription:In Memory Of
Father Angus Ewen MacLean
25-1-44 - 12-10-94
Vocational Director For Scotland 86-93
Parish Priest Of
St. Charles, Kelvinside 93-94
And His Loving Mother
Joanna MacInnes
Glasgow, Smerclate
Beloved Wife Of John MacLean
Lost At Sea

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Mr. Angus MacInnes (grandfather) (deceased) view record.

Mrs. Margaret MacInnes (grandmother) (deceased) view record.

Mrs. Joanna MacLean (Mother) (deceased) view record.

Miss Isabella MacInnes (Aunt) (deceased) view record.