Friday, November 9, 2012

Remembering a clergy veteran

Jesuit soldier served country during WWII
Father Bernard Mary Egan (left with Roman collar) stands outside Buckingham
Palace after being awarded the Military Cross by King George VI in 1944.
Photo courtesy The Universe Newspaper Archive.
The B.C. Catholic remembers our veterans in time for Remembrance Day. Some of those veterans were clergy and Alistair Burns looks back at one of them named Father Bernard Egan, SJ:
During the Second World War, priests served in the army and navy, and even a very select few clergymen trained to jump out of planes.

One parachuting Jesuit began his military career with a literal bang. Father Bernard Mary Egan, SJ, chaplain to the British Second Parachute Battalion, suffered severe bruises after a German aircraft bombed the battalion's headquarters during the North African campaign in 1942.

According to eyewitnesses, the impact left a 30-foot-wide crater.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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