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Rev Brian Charles Foley

Rev Brian Charles Foley

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Death 23 Dec 1999 (aged 89)
Burial Lancaster, City of Lancaster, Lancashire, England
Plot Bishops' Vault.
Memorial ID 27763666 · View Source
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Msgr. Brian Charles Foley was born on May 25, 1910, at Ilford, Essex. His first schooling was at the local Catholic School of Ss. Peter and Paul. He decided to become a priest at an early age and underwent studies at St. Cuthbert's College, Ushaw, Durham, and then at the English College in Rome. On July 25, 1937, he was ordained to the priesthood, and most of his early work was in the new estates and New Towns of the Brentwood Diocese. His appointments as a priest included Shoeburyness, Romford and its surrounding areas, and Harlow.

Foley was named Bishop of the Diocese of Lancaster, on April 26, 1962, at the age of 51, receiving his episcopal consecration on June 13, from Cardinal John Carmel Heenan, assisted by Archbishop George Andrew Beck AA., and Bishop Bernard Patrick Wall. As a bishop he laid great stress on pastoral duties, urging the clergy to carry out regular house-to-house visiting in the Parishes. He also encouraged youth work by the establishment of a Diocesan Residential Youth Centre in Castlerigg Manor. He was noted for his keenness in setting up parishes as soon as possible in developing areas. Vocations were encouraged, as were the needs of the foreign missions. From 1962 till 1965 he attended all the sessions of the Second Vatican Council in Rome.

On the national level, Bishop Foley served on the Hierarchy Missions Commission, the Youth Commission, and for five years as a member of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith. He retired from the pastoral government of his See on May 22, 1985, and was succeeded by Bishop John Brewer.

Bishop Foley was a very keen reader, especially of History. His strongest interest was in the History of the English Martyrs of the 16th and 17th Centuries and of the Catholic Recusants - on which he was a well-respected authority. Being one of the first to study county records on this subject, he founded the Essex Recusant Society, which has since been emulated by a number of other counties. He was president of the Catholic Record Society from 1964 to 1979, and was president of the Catholic Archive Society since its inception in 1980. Another of his great interests was Italy: its land, its people, and its literature. He was also a follower of football and county cricket.

Since his retirement in 1985, Bishop Foley lived in Nazareth House in Lancaster and kept himself occupied through study and pastoral visiting in the Lancaster area. In 1998, he published a book for the Millennium, "The Story of the Jubilee Years 1300 - 1975".

Bishop Foley died following a short illness at the venerable age of 89. His body was received into Lancaster's Cathedral at 6 pm., on Tuesday December 28, where he laid in state for twenty four hours until a Reception Mass was celebrated at 6 pm., on Wednesday 29 December. His funeral took place on Thursday December 30, at noon, presided by Archbishop Patrick Kelly. The Bishop's body was later buried inside the Bishops' Vault in the Cathedral Cemetery.


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  • Created by: Eman Bonnici
  • Added: 23 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27763666
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Brian Charles Foley (25 May 1910–23 Dec 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27763666, citing Cathedral Cemetery of Lancaster, Lancaster, City of Lancaster, Lancashire, England ; Maintained by Eman Bonnici (contributor 46572312) .