Fr Doyle was appointed military chaplain 101 years ago today

Remembering Fr Willie Doyle SJ

Soldiers from the 16th Irish Division. Fr Doyle was appointed chaplain 101 years ago today Soldiers from the 16th Irish Division. Fr Doyle was appointed chaplain 101 years ago today

Received my appointment from the War Office as chaplain to the 16th Division. Fiat voluntas tua. What the future has in store I know not but I have given Jesus all to dispose of as He sees best. My heart is full of gratitude to Him for giving me this chance of being really generous and of leading a life that will be truly crucified.

COMMENT: The above words were written by Fr Doyle on 15 November 1915. His long desired wish to give all for Christ was approaching, and the final heroic chapter of his life was about to open.

Anyone who has read an account of the experiences of Fr Doyle in the Great War knows just how difficult and “crucified” that life really was. None of us know what the future holds in store for…

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