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Brother Gerard (James McMorrow) 1909 – 1984

Br Gerard died at St Mary’s Kinnoull on Tuesday 10th January 1984

Born in Cowdenbeath, Fife, he was a miner before joining the Redemptorists. He was professed in 1938 at the age of 29, and worked as a sacristan for the best part of his 45 years in the Congregation. The three principal houses in which he served were St Mary’s Clapham, St Mary’s Kinnoull and the church of Sant’ Alfonso, Rome.

The following is an extract from the Kinnoull house chronicles.

"Thus for twenty years, Gerard has been a devoted servant of this community. A man of strictness and punctuality, he suffered anything except confreres who would not try to live by the rule of the Congregation of which he was fond. He leaves a gap in our community that can never be filled. However, we know that we have another saint praying for us in heaven…"

His one delight (relaxation) was to play the mouth organ in his room – a talent he rarely shared. Another talent and part of his work as sacristan was flower arranging.

During his last weeks, Gerard got great consolation from knowing that Jesus had suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, and this was the theme of his praying in those last days. As his pain increased, he became a little irritable and on one occasion, Br Majella (his devoted nurse) said to him “You were never like this (irritable) before.” “Ah no”, he replied with a twinkle in his eye, “but I was never dying before1”

Both Bishop Logan and Bishop Hart attended the funeral of Br Gerard along with twenty priests who concelebrated Mass. May he rest in peace.

(Obituary based on that published in CSsR News)