April 14, 2012

Titanic's Catholic Priest

This evening marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic on her maiden voyage through the north Atlantic in 1912.  This article will enlighten you on a little told story of a Catholic priest who truly served his flock to the end:


Father Byles was a Englishman who converted to Catholicism while studying theology at Balliol College, Oxford.  His sermon to his second- and third-class congregations on board the Titanic the morning of the sinking purportedly was on the need to have a "lifeboat in the shape of religious consolation at hand in case of spiritual shipwreck", (http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-victim/fr-byles.html).


1 comment:

Lisa Boyle said...

I had never heard of Fr. Byles. Thanks so much for sharing! God bless! :-)