Catholic Church Kilsyth


Father Michael Bell

Rev. Fr. Michael BellMichael Bell was born in Edinburgh the 8th January 1927. He was educated at Holy Cross Academy Edinburgh and Campion House Osterley. He was ordained in Edinburgh in 1961.

Fr Bell was a member of the Society of Saint Sulpice, a Catholic Society of Apostolic Life founded in Paris and named after St. Sulpitius the Pious. Priests become members of the Society of St. Sulpice only after ordination. Uniquely for a Catholic Order they retain incardination in their own dioceses even after joining the society. The purpose of the society is mainly the education of priests and to some extent parish work. As their main role is the education of those preparing to become members of the presbyterate, Sulpicians place great emphasis on the academic and spiritual formation of their own members, who commit themelves to undergoing lifelong academic and spiritual development.

After his ordination in 1961 Fr Bell's first parish was St Patrick's Kilsyth where he served for 11 years from 1961 to 1972 as assistant Priest to Canon Thomas McGarvie the Parish Priest of St Patrick's at that time.

In 1972 upon the arrival of Fr O'Connell and Fr O'Brien into St Patrick's, Fr Bell moved to become the Parish Priest of Blanefield where he was to stay until 1985. In 1985 he was to move to what was to become his final Parish in Scotland that of St Catherine's in Edinburgh where he was to remain until 1989.

In 1989 Fr Bell moved to California in the United States where he ministered for 25 years even after retiring from his many roles there having been amongst other things, a prison Chaplin. He paid one final flying visit to St Patrick's Kilsyth unannounced in 2013 and quietly went to see the church where he had once been an assistant priest and visit the house where he had lived for 11 years. He was never to return to Kilsyth. After having a series of strokes Fr Bell died on 28th February 2015.

Faithful servant of God, may he rest in peace!

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Fr Bell's memorial prayer card front
Fr Bell's memorial prayer card rear
Fr Bell's memorial prayer card front
Fr Bell's memorial prayer card rear

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A letter of sympathy to the Parish of St Patrick's Kilsyth on the death of Fr Bell
A letter of sympathy to the Parish of St Patrick's Kilsyth on the death of Fr Bell
A letter of sympathy to the Parish of St Patrick's Kilsyth on the death of Fr Bell from the Parish of St Paul the Apostle in Prismo Beach California USA
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Fr Michael Bell
Fr Michael Bell
Fr Bell's Chalice
Fr Bell's Chalice
A sympathy card to the parishioners of St Patrick's Kilsyth from the parishioners of St Paul the Apostle Prismo Beach California
A sympathy card to the parishioners of St Patrick's Kilsyth from the parishioners of St Paul the Apostle Prismo Beach California

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Photographs with Fr Bell in St Patrick's

Fr Bell Baptises John Trower March 1966
Fr Bell baptises John Trower in March 1966 with Godparents Miss Catherine Trower and Mr Michael McCue.

 


 
God BlessYou!