Catholic Church Kilsyth


Gordon Joseph Cardinal Gray

His Eminence, Gordon Joseph Cardinal GrayHis Eminence, Gordon Joseph Cardinal Gray was born in Leith in 1910.

His father was Frank Gray and his mother was Angela m.s Oddy. He was the youngest of 3 children with elder sister Josephine and elder brother George. He was educated at Holy Cross Academy, Edinburgh and St Joseph's College, Mark Cross, East Sussex, England from 1927 to 1929 and then St John's Seminary, Wonersh from 1929 to 1935.

He was ordained a priest in Edinburgh on the 15th June 1935 by Archbishop Andrew MacDonald - the Archbishop of Edinburgh which one day he would succeed. He then undertook further studies at St Andrews University in Fife where he also served as an assistant priest from 1935 till 1941. He became the first ordained Catholic priest to study there since the Reformation and ultimately he became the first priest to graduate there since the Reformation.

He then went to undertake further studies at St Mary College in London but upon the outbreak of war went instead to the church of St Mary and St David in Hawick where he served from 1941 till 1947.

After leaving Hawick, Fr Gray was appointed as Rector of Blairs College in Aberdeen which was then the Scottish junior Seminary for young men training for the priesthood. He was to remain Rector for 5 years until 1951.

On the 20th June 1951, he was appointed Archbishop of the St Andrews and Edinburgh Archdiocese by Pope Pius XII. His Episcopal Ordaination as Archbishop in St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh took place on the 25th September 1951 where the principal concelebrant was Archbishop (ultimately Cardinal) William Godfrey, Archbishop of Westminster. The other main concelebrants were Bishop James Donald Scanlan who was at that time Bishop of Dunkeld (ultimately Archbishop of Glasgow) and Bishop Edward Wilson Douglas, Bishop of Motherwell.

In 1969 Archbishop Gray was created Cardinal by Pope Paul VI - the first resident Cardinal in Scotland since the Reformation.

Cardinal Gray retired on the 30th May 1985. He died on the 19th July 1993 at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and is buried in the crypt of St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh.

 

Cardinal Gray Coat of Arms by kind permission of Eborarmorist

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Archbishop Gordon Joseph Gray on 25th September 1951 after his episcopal ordination at St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh

Archbishop Gordon Joseph Gray on the 25th September 1951.

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The Episcopal Ordination of Archbishop Gray on the 25th September 1951.
Archbishop Gray's Official photograph after his Episcopal Ordination
The Episcopal Ordination of Archbishop Gray on the 25th September 1951. The procession before Mass leaves the Archdiocessan Offcies in York Place for the Cathedral just around the corner.
Archbishop Gray's Official photograph after his Episcopal Ordination.

Some Memories of Cardinal Gray in St Patrick's Kilsyth

Cardinal Gray with Canon McGarvey and Fr Thompson shortly thereafter Bishop Thompson of Motherwell. The occasion is dinner in St Patrick's School hall after the opening of St Patrick's new Church is 1965.
Cardinal Gray and Canon McGarvey in Kilsyth St Patrick's Halls
Cardinal Gray in St Patrick's old hall after Mass
Cardinal Gray with Canon McGarvey and Bishop Thompson of Motherwell. The occasion is dinner in St Patrick's School hall after the opening of St Patrick's new Church on 17th March 1965.
Cardinal Gray and Canon McGarvey in Kilsyth St Patrick's Halls.
Cardinal Gray in St Patrick's old hall after Mass.
Cardinal Gray leaves the altar after Mass in Kilsyth
Cardinal Gray with Fr Denis O'Connell at St Patrick's Kilsyth
Cardinal Gray talks to parishioners at Kilsyth
Cardinal Gray leaves the altar after Mass in Kilsyth.
Cardinal Gray with Fr Denis O'Connell
at St Patrick's Kilsyth.
Cardinal Gray talks to parishioners at Kilsyth.
Cardinal Gray with George and Rosina MacDonald centre in St Patrick's old Halls in Kilsyth
Cardinal Gray makes a speech in St Patrick's old parish halls in Kilsyth.
Cardinal Gray at Mass in Kilsyth
Cardinal Gray with George and Rosina MacDonald centre in St Patrick's old Halls in Kilsyth.
Cardinal Gray makes a speech in St Patrick's old parish halls in Kilsyth.
Cardinal Gray at Mass in Kilsyth.
Cardinal Gray meets Kilsyth parishioners at Scots College in Rome.
Cardinal Gray at Confirmations Kilsyth.
Cardinal Gray opens the new St Patrick's Church in Kilsyth on St Patrick's day, 17th March 1965.
Cardinal Gray meets Kilsyth parishioners at Scots College in Rome.
Cardinal Gray at Confirmations Kilsyth.
Cardinal Gray opens the new St Patrick's Church in Kilsyth on St Patrick's day, 17th March 1965.
Cardinal Gray with Fr John Gordon and Fr Patrick Brady after their ordination at St Patrick's Kilsyth in 1965.
Cardinal Gray at Mass in St Patrick's Kilsyth
Cardinal Gray says Mass in St Patrick's Kilsyth
Cardinal Gray with Fr John Gordon and Fr Patrick Brady after their ordination at St Patrick's Kilsyth in 1965.
Cardinal Gray at Mass in St Patrick's Kilsyth.
Cardinal Gray says Mass in St Patrick's Kilsyth.
Cardinal Gray walks up the land between St Patrick's and Kilsyth Congregational Church
John Bosce annual dinner in Storling in 1953 with some staff from St Patrick's School Kilsyth (and others). Canon Downey is front row lhs.
Cardinal Gray at St Patrick's School Kilsyth with Mr Meldrum Director of Education at Stirlingshire
Cardinal Gray walks up the lane between St Patrick's and Kilsyth Congregational Church.
John Bosco annual fund raising dinner in Stirling in 1953 with some staff from St Patrick's School Kilsyth (and others). Canon Downey is front row lhs.
Cardinal Gray at St Patrick's School Kilsyth with Mr Meldrum Director of Education at Stirlingshire.
Cardianl Gray leaves the church after Mass at St Patrick's Kilsyth
Cardinal makes his way to the sacristy at St Patrick's Kilsyth via the mortuary chapel
Scots College Rome Cardinal Gray greets some guests including parishioners Jim and Kathleen Millar from Kilsyth
Cardianl Gray leaves the church after Mass at St Patrick's Kilsyth.
Cardinal makes his way to the sacristy at St Patrick's Kilsyth via the mortuary chapel.
Scots College Rome Cardinal Gray greets some guests including parishioners Jim and Kathleen Millar from Kilsyth.
Cardinal Gray and Canon Mcgarvey on 17th March 1965 in Kilsyth
Cardinal Gray and Canon McGarvey process to the church door on the 17th March 1965 to declare the new church open.
Cardinal Gray and Canon McGarvey process to the church door on the 17th March 1965 to declare the new church open.

Cardinal Gray and Canon McGarvey make their way into the old halls before Mass in Kilsyth.
Note the gaurd of honour from the local Guides.

Cardinal Gray and Canon McGarvey process to the church door on the 17th March 1965 to declare the new church open.
Cardinal Gray and Canon McGarvey process from the chapel house to the church door on the 17th March 1965 to declare the new church open.
Cardinal Gray processes around the new church blessing the building at the high pontifical Mass to mark the opening of St Patrick's new church Kilsyth on 17th March 1965
Cardinal Gray leave the altar in St Patrick's Kilsyth after the high pontifical Mass to declare the church open on 17th March 1965.
Bishop Thomson gives the sermon at the opening of St Patrick's on 17th March 1965
Cardinal Gray processes around the new church blessing the building at the high pontifical Mass to mark the opening of St Patrick's new church Kilsyth on
17th March 1965 - St Patrick's Day!
Cardinal Gray leaves the altar in St Patrick's Kilsyth after the high pontifical Mass to declare the church open on 17th March 1965. He is assisted by Patrick Kelly and David Brown from Kilsyth who were priests born in this parish.
Bishop Francis Thomson, once a curate in Kilsyth gives the sermon at the opening of St Patrick's
on 17th March 1965.
Note the pontifical throne for Cardinal Gray.

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Some other memories of Cardinal Gray


Cardinal Gray at Rosewll with the then Fr. O'Brien in 1973 at the Margaret Sinclair Mass.

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Cardinal Gray at St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh
Cardinal Gray with priests of the Archdiocese

Cardinal Gray 1988
Cardinal Gray at St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh.

Cardinal Gray with priests of the Archdiocese.

If you can help us identify these priests and date this picture please contact us. They are most likely the Canon's of the Chapter of St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh.

Cardinal Gray 1988.

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