Fr John Morris

Fr John Morris

Birth
Death 22 Oct 1893 (aged 67)
Burial Wimbledon, London Borough of Merton, Greater London, England
Plot Section H/C/1136.
Memorial ID 112953564 · View Source
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Born in Ootacamund, India, Father John Morris SJ., was educated partly in India, partly in England. Giving up the thought of taking law as his profession, he became enthusiastic for ecclesiastical antiquities, took a deep interest in the Tractarian movement, and resolved to become an Anglican clergyman.

Going up to Trinity College, Cambridge, in October 1845, the conversion to Catholicism of John Henry Newman, followed by many others, impressed him, and he was received into the Catholic Church by Bishop William Wareing on May 20, 1846. After three years' study at the English College in Rome, he was ordained to the priesthood at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in September 1849. Soon after the restoration of the English Catholic hierarchy in 1850, he was made Canon of Northampton, and successively vice-rector to Rome (1853–1856), and postulator for the English Martyrs. Returning to England, he took part in the third Synod of Westminster, became secretary to Cardinal Wiseman, whom he nursed on his deathbed, and later to Cardinal Manning, until entering the Jesuit Order in 1867.

Undergoing studies in Belgium between 1868-69, he served as minister and assistant to the novice master, superior in Oxford as foundations were being laid for St. Aloysius's , professor of Church History and Canon Law at St Beuno's, founder of St. Ignatius's College of the Jesuits on the island of Malta in 1876 - where he stayed until 1878 - and novice master at Roehampton from 1879 until 1886.

A distinguished writer, Morris retired to Wimbledon in 1893, and there engaged in writing the biography of Cardinal Wiseman. He had collected the materials, but only a few chapters were actually composed when he died, suddenly, while preaching at the Sacred Heart Church in Wimbledon during the the eleven o'clock Mass on Sunday, October 22 of that same year, while uttering the words, "Render to God the things that are God's."


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  • Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 26 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 112953564
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fr John Morris (4 Jul 1826–22 Oct 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 112953564, citing Gap Road Cemetery, Wimbledon, London Borough of Merton, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .