Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Famous sons of Ushaw?

Madame Evangelista asks who are the famous alumni of Ushaw apart from Francis Thompson? ( I talked about the life of Francis Thompason a few months ago at the EF Mass at Longbenton) Unlie my old school which specialises in producing pop stars (Sting and Neil Tennant), not surprisingly the most famous alumni of Ushaw are the cardinals it has produced. Among alumni are
Cardinal Wiseman, first archbishop of Westminster 1850-1865,
Cardinal Merry del Val, Secretary of State to Pope Pius X,
Cardinal Bourne, archbishop of Westminster 1903-1935,
Cardinal Hinsley, archbishop of Westminster 1935-1943,
Cardinal Godfrey, archbishop of Westminster 1956-1963
Cardinal Heenan, archbishop of Westminster 1963-1975
and, more exotically,
Cardinal de la Puente, archbishop of Burgos 1857-1867.

I think all of these would have been products of the junior rather than the senior seminary.

Can`t think of any other famous alumni at the minute.

UPDATE: Thanks for the additions in the com box:

Archbishop Charles Petre Eyre, first post-Reformation Archbishop of Glasgow.

Joe Tasker, the mountaineer who died on Everest in May 1982 (I`m sure I`ve met his parents)

and

Patrick Joseph McAloon, Prefab Sprout, 1968-1975 . (Do most Catholic institutions produce pop-stars?)

To these I think we should add bishop Hugh Lindsay, bishop emeritus of Hexham and Newcastle who is known to most Catholics in this country for his letters to the Catholic press.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Patrick Joseph McAloon, Prefab Sprout, 1968-1975 (I think)

Fr PF said...

Famous in Scotland is Archbishop Charles Petre Eyre, first post-Reformation Archbishop of Glasgow.

madame evangelista said...

It's reassuring that Ushaw produces Cardinals instead of pop stars.

I don't think anyone famous has ever come out of my school. One of the original cast of Eastenders that no-one remembers, and that's about it. There was a convent school just round the corner from my own school, but I think the only famous person to come out of there was another pillar of Eastenders, Barbara Windsor.

old believer said...

What a distinguished list of names. Last week I was visiting Dublin with friends and on Thursday we took a bus ride to Maynooth. Apart from admiring the Gothick chapel we walked along one of the corridors with portraits of its alumni.

The cardinal count was slightly lower but a vast array of archbishops and bishops.

Both Ushaw and Maynooth were founded at broadly the same time. I wonder what their similarities and differences were?

ben whitworth said...

Joe Tasker, the mountaineer who died on Everest in 1980-something, had been at the senior seminary but discerned a lay vocation. (Unlike Pope Pius XI, who was a great mountaineer before his call to the priesthood.)

Convenor said...

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Another post that might be interested is a report of our recent walking pilgrimage for vocations:

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Convenor said...

We’d be very glad if you could (a) post about the new blog and (b) link to it.

www.catholicheritage.blogspot.com

In particular, we’d be glad if you could bring to the attention of your readers the news that there will be a Traditional Latin Mass for the Holy Year of St. Paul in St. Paul’s Church, Emo, Co. Laois, Ireland, on Saturday, 30th August, 2008, for which the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin has granted, under the usual conditions, the Plenary Indulgence for the Pauline Holy Year.

http://catholicheritage.blogspot.com/2008/08/feast-of-saint-philip-benizi.html

Another post that might be interested is a report of our recent walking pilgrimage for vocations:

http://catholicheritage.blogspot.com/2008/07/report-on-walking-pilgrimage.html

God bless you!

St. Conleth’s Catholic Heritage Association

ScepticalBeliever said...

How on earth did Bishop Lindsay get on the list?

Fr Michael Brown said...

I think bishop Lindsay is well known to Catholics in the UK through his letters in the Catholic press.