​Lives Recalled

​A Compendium 


In 2010, after many years of research, Monsignor Francis A. Coady finished his book “Lives Recalled: Priests Who Worked in Newfoundland 1629-2010.” The book was published by the Knights of Columbus of Newfoundland and Labrador. A second edition with some additions was published in 2011.

The book became an instant success and a reference for bishops, priests and all interested in the history of the Roman Catholic Church in Newfoundland.  The short biographies of priests and bishops who worked here and have passed on give a personal glimpse of aspects of our history through the lives of priests who were natives of this island or who came here and often remained until the end of their lives.  

There have been many requests for updates. Rather than publish a new edition, it appears more practical to publish updates on the web site of the Archdiocese of St. John’s, where they can be easily accessed.  Sadly, some fifty priests who worked on the island of Newfoundland have passed on since 2010, including Monsignor Coady. I have known many of them personally. It has been a pleasure for me to have written these mini-bios so that their lives and ministry will be remembered and available to read now and in the future. My plan is to publish updates periodically.  

Rev. Monsignor Francis Puddister

August 1, 2019

Fr. Frank Alyward

Father Frank Alyward Lives Recalled Aylward, Father Francis James (1950-2018)Father Francis James Aylward was

Fr. Kevin Barker

Father Kevin Barker Lives Recalled Barker, Father James Kevin (1928-2017)Father James Kevin Barker (known

Fr. David Butler

Father David Butler Lives Recalled  Butler, Father David (1950-2015)Father David Butler was born

Msgr. Francis Coady P.H.

Msgr. Francis Coady P.H.Lives Recalled Coady, Monsignor Francis Anthony (1928-2016)Monsignor Francis Coady was

Msgr. John Wallis

Msgr. John Wallis Lives Recalled Wallis, Monsignor John Francis (1933-2016)Monsignor John Francis Wallis was

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