A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode

Gloucestershire Catholic History Society Journals. Index for Volumes 1 – 42

To download this General Index – Journals 1 – 42, compiled by Patrick and Margaret Gethen, please press the link below:

Copies of the Journals are held at Gloucestershire Archives, Clifton Diocesan Archives and Cheltenham Local History Library

Pat Gethen – Obituary from the Latin Liturgy Association

Pat Gethen PATRICK ADDISON GETHEN died peacefully on 1st July 2012 in his 100th year, in fact only a few weeks short of his hundredth birthday. Pat, as he was always known, was a founder member of the Association, joining in August 1969, and becoming Diocesan representative. He and his wife Margaret were regularly to be seen until quite recently at the Sunday sung Mass at St Gregory’s, Cheltenham, Solesmes Gregorian missal in hand. Although it had been some years since he had been able to get to an ALL event, he remained a strong supporter of the Association. His knowledge of liturgical matters and of both eastern and western rites, was encyclopaedic.

With the outbreak of war, Pat served in the Army Intelligence Corps and, whilst in North Africa, made a vow that if he returned from the war he would make a pilgrimage to Prinknash. He fulfilled the vow on foot, from London, and became an oblate of the Abbey. He then proceeded to a distinguished, but necessarily totally covert, career in secret intelligence, initially at Bletchley Park and subsequently at GCHQ.

Pat’s Requiem Mass was sung at Prinknash Abbey, of which he had 9 remained an active oblate, on Monday 16th July. A good congregation filled the chapel at St Peter’s Grange to standing. Although the Mass was in English, with English hymns, the monastic cantors sang the Requiem aeternam as the coffin was brought into the church, and the In paradisum during the Prayer of Commendation. The Mass setting was plainchant, sung by the monks and congregation. Father Aelred preached the homily, referring to Pat’s love of Latin and the fact that, when he found himself in a country whose language he didn’t know, he would make his confession in the Church’s language, at least in the days when any Catholic priest could be assumed to be capable of hearing confession in Latin! Pat is buried in the Abbey’s beautiful graveyard, on a hill above the Grange.

Requiescat in pace.

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