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Charles Wallace Leland
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Birth: Mar. 22, 1928
South Bend
St. Joseph County
Indiana, USA
Death: Mar. 18, 2005
Toronto Municipality
Ontario, Canada

Basilican Priest
Professor of Renaissance English Literature

A more thorough obituary can be found in the Basilican Annual of 2005:

Charles Wallace Leland, CSB died March 18, 2005, after suffering from super- nuclear palsy with cognitive impairment, it is a type of Parkinson's that involves a gradual paralysis of the body. He was anointed by Frs. Michael Cerretto and Don Finlay on 4 March 2005 at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Visitation was Monday, 21 March 2005 from 2:00-4:00 P.M. in the Chapel of the Cardinal Flahiff Basilian Centre on St. Joseph Street, with a vigil service at 7:30 P.M. Fr. Michael Cerretto presided at the vigil and the homilist was Fr. Owen Lee. The funeral on Tuesday, 22 March 2005, was celebrated by Fr. Kenneth J. Decker, the superior General of the Basilian Fathers with the homily preached by Fr. Robert Madden, of the University of St. Michael's College. Burial was at the Basilian Plot of Holy Cross cemetery in Thorn Hill, Ontario. Fr. Donald Finlay said the graveside prayers.

Fr. Charles Leland was born in South Bend, Indiana 22 March 1928, son of Wallace Leland and Alberta Yagerline. He attended Culver Public School and Culver Military Academy, graduating in 1946. He became a Roman Catholic in 1946 and was Baptized at St. Anne's Church in Montery, Indiana. He attended Oberlin College in Ohio from 1946-1950, University of Oslo (1950-1951 and Oxford University (Wadham College)1951-1953. He entered Richmond Hill Novitiate in September 1954 and was professed in the Basilian Fathers in1955. Fr. Leland devoted his entire religious life to scholarship at the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto. After a long and successful career as a professor, he retired in 2000 and accepted an appointment to Orsini House, a retirement residence of the Basilian Fathers. In addition to his duties as a professor, Fr. Leland was Moderator of Scholastics at the University of St. Michael's College for many years.

He spent many summers, as well as his sabbatical years, doing pastoral work in the only Catholic parish in downtown Oslo. His favorite trip in Europe was the spectacular train ride from Oslo to Bergen, where the train doesn't creep humbly through valleys, as in other countries, but coasts triumphantly past the tops of snowy mountains. He thought that his beloved Edvard Grieg had captured this in music, and Kirsten Flagstad in her singing. He had an extraordinary understanding of human frailty. To some extent this came, again, from his affection for the art and literature of Scandinavia. He read, taught, wrote on, and translated the artists who explored the depths of human experience - Strindberg, Ibsen, and Ingmar Bergman.

Fr. Leland was loved, positively revered, by his students. He was in his office with the door open, ready to hear about their problems and to help them, from seven in the morning till ten at night, absent only for prayers, meals, classes and special events.

A priestly person, he was an accomplished and admired academic. His courses were always well attended and appreciated. As a scholar, he published material on Ibsen and other dramatists, and translated some of their works. His knowledge of Renaissance English Literature and history was extensive. As a teacher he was conscientious and showed the same sensitivity, concern and understanding toward his students as he did toward his confreres and others. His course in Modern Drama was considered a must by students, as also were his lectures on Shakespeare and other renaissance English authors.

Charlie was a most congenial, considerate confrere; although very quiet, he contributed much to community life, by his spirituality, presence at community meals and exercise, his humour, his sensitivity to the needs and conditions of his confreres, and his approachability. His opinions and thoughts on community matters were sought and respected. The fundamental characteristic of Charlie was his charity; he was truly a kind man. He was also very discreet. Charlie was an accomplished cross-country runner. He was careful about his physical condition and health,out of his concern to be able to carry out his duties as religious, priest, and teacher. He was steadfast in faith, in family, with friends, confreres, work. He was a dedicated priest who worked hard at preparing his homilies and was sought out by religious and lay people for direction and for help in difficulty, and in preparations for weddings and for funerals. Although very private as regards his spiritual devotions, it was clear that Fr. Leland was a very prayerful man and a holy, devoted priest

Father Leland is survived by his sister Corrine and brother-in-law Jack Barger and their children, Susan Schmidt, Lisa Treloan and David Barger.


1954-1955 Novitiate
1955-1959 St. Basil's Seminary
1959-1970 University of St. Michael's College
1970-1971 Sabbatical (Norway)
1971-1977 University of St. Michael's College
1977-1978 Sabbatical (Norway)
1978-1984 University of St. Michael's College
Sabbatical (Norway)

1985-1991 University of St. Michael's College
1991-1992 Sabbatical (Norway)
1992-2000 St. Michael's College
2000- 2002 Orsini House
2001- 2005 Anglin House
Others professed with him were, Dan Callam, Murray Bogdasavich, Carl Belisch, Robert Holmes, Pat Kelly, Joe Walsh, and Leo Sands, and the late, Robert McKinnon.

He was ordained in 1959. Others ordained that year were Richard Kinsky, William Irwin, Tom McReavy, Tom Mohan, Clarence Watrin, Harold Gardner, and the late Joe Barnes, René Vermillion, Clare Malone, and Paul James.
Family links: 
  Wallace Egbert Leland (1894 - 1988)
  Alberta Elizabeth Yagerline Leland (1894 - 1947)
  Charles Wallace Leland (1928 - 2005)
  Elizabeth Corinne Leland Barger (1931 - 2011)*
*Calculated relationship
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
York Regional Municipality
Ontario, Canada
Plot: Basilican Fathers, Section 3, plot 162
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Record added: Jun 28, 2009
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Charles Wallace Leland
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Charles Wallace Leland
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Charles Wallace Leland
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