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St. Alphonsus Liguori
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Rev Father Joseph Gibbons RIP

Father Gibbons, who was born at Fairfield, Co Durham, went to St Mary’s Training College, Hammersmith; in 1915 he joined the Royal Field Artillery, serving in Egypt and France, where he was wounded during the battle of the Somme.

He taught at St Joseph’s school Sunderland, from 1919 until 1922 and afterwards entered the congregation. He was ordained in 1928, served for a short time on the Parish at Clapham, and was sent to South Africa in 1931. He spent most of his life working on the Bantu mission stations. He was largely responsible for the development of the missions at Gaarsfontein and Eersterust. In 1952 he was transferred to the Rustenburg district and he did a large part of the building work himself, spending day after day in the African sun laying bricks.

Father Gibbons never returned to England and so was unknown to most of the confreres in the UK.

He suffered a heart attack at Zeerust and was taken to the hospital in Modimong (which means God's own place},  run by the Sisters of Selly Park. He died on September 5th  1961 and was buried at Modimong, near the shrine of Our Lady of the Bushveldt which he built himself RIP


(Obituary based on that published in CSsR News)