In Memory of a Great Priest

mirella

Well-Known Member
Fr Fox told me when his father died and at his burial Mass in Melbourne, he prayed outside of the n/o Church,
it must have been terribly sad for him.
 

4olsquatter

Member
A little story re Fr. Fox.
he was in Perth for Fr. Cummins 50 th anniversary staying with a large family well known to many of us.
It was during lent. An older member of the family was feeding his young sibling & when finished said
"ALLELUIA THAT WILL DO YA"
In crushing tones severe Fr. Fox demanded "Who said that ?"
It would scare anyone let alone a young kid. When the frighten young cub owned up .
Fr. jokingly said "NO ALLELUIAS DURING LENT"
 

JillMcFaul

Active Member
What wonderful memories and stories! We must all pray for our priests Resistance and Faithful independent priests. What a blessing they are to us these days.
 

lulu

Member
Those in Australia who were privileged to have Father Cummins minister to them hold him in such high esteem. They speak of his faith, his charity, his humility, his self sacrifice, his gentle nature, a priest who was not in the slightest bit puffed up with his own self importance despite all the great things he did, a priest who simply went about his duty and tended to those abandoned faithful crying out in need who were scattered throughout the country .

If only we can have more Fr. Cummins's now. Our prayers go with you.

So grateful you have given readers the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge of a wonderful priest - thank you
 

4olsquatter

Member
yes lulu we were so lucky .
you summed him up so well. I remember his final visit to S Bay.
Both he and brother Alban were traveling to Perth . they swapped altars because ours was more suitable for their new
church in perth. they had made them both anyway.
we made gift in appreciation of all he had done for us - an electric shaver - some ten years later Fr. told me he used it every day since & while shaving said a prayer for those @ S Bay
Though poor he could not be outdone in generosity
 

4olsquatter

Member
Fr. Cummins was so regular & so organised that he could take advantage of an apex scheme to come to S Bay.
Br . ALBAN was smart enough to book tickets that showed Fr. C stayed in S.B. for a month to qualify for big reductions
You could get these cheap fares if you stayed for at least a week. Part of a tourist promotion scheme.
They were more careful with other peoples money than their own.
A $ saved is a$ owned.
 

Admin

Administrator
By Fr Laisney

Father Augustine Cummins, the pioneer priest who started practically every Mass centre in New Zealand back in the 70s, passed away on 8th March 2006 around 2:00 a.m. Scotland time, having almost reached his 61st anniversary of priesthood, and in the 98th year of his life. Father Cummins started visiting New Zealand in 1977, first infrequently, and then he gradually increased his visits to the point of coming every other month in the early 80s. He would fly to Auckland, give catechism, confessions, Mass in the evening, then often a morning Mass, and he would take the bus for Hamilton, and do the same there, then a bus for his next stop… and for fifteen days he would go from the top to the bottom of New Zealand, visiting small groups and giving hope to many, helping many to persevere, in a very humble and very charitable manner. Then he would fly back to Australia from Christchurch. I know how heavy his circuit was: I did it in 1983 as a young priest and was tired!

Though he was always frail, his great faith and zeal to help many to remain faithful to the Mass and Tradition of the Church was such that he seemed to be supported in an extraordinary manner. He brought the grace of God everywhere he went. He was a true son of St. Alphonsus, bringing devotion to Our Lady with him. New Zealand was only a small portion of his zealous territory: from Fiji to Perth (and even Singapore), from Townsville to Hobart, there are only very few chapels that he did not start. All the workers of the first hours remember him with great gratitude, and all those who came after ought to acknowledge their common debt to this kind, humble but extremely zealous priest. We must all include him in our prayers for the repose of his soul, and walk in the path of his Faith and attachment to Tradition. He spent the last years of his life with Fr. Sim, CSsR, from New Zealand, in his monastery on Stronsay island in the Orkney islands, north of Scotland.

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Admin

Administrator
Father Cummins was as free as a bird. He flew everywhere there was want of the true Mass. The whole world was his parish so that he could call everyone his 'parishioners' without setting up a parish of his own that excluded other visiting priests.

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Admin

Administrator
Father Cummins was as free as a bird. He flew everywhere there was want of the true Mass. The whole world was his parish so that he could call everyone his 'parishioners' without setting up a parish of his own that excluded other visiting priests.
The closest he ever came to setting up a parish was at Hampton which he started then handed over to the SSPX's Fr. Hogan.
He never ever claimed exclusive ownership of any property whatsoever depending on the charity of his 'parishioners'
wherever they happened to live.

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