Société des Missions Africaines – Province d’Irlande

MOORE Vincent né le 6 juillet 1890 
dans le diocèse de Dublin, Irlande
membre de la SMA le 5 avril 1918
prêtre le 13 juin 1920
décédé le 28 octobre 1940

missionnaire en Egypte pendant quatre ans

décédé à Alexandrie, Egypte, le 28 octobre 1940,
à l’âge de 50 ans

Le père Vincent MOORE (1890 - 1940)

A Alexandrie (Egypte), le 28 octobre 1940, retour à Dieu du père Vincent Moore, à l'âge de 50 ans.

Vincent Moore naquit dans le diocèse de Dublin, en Irlande, en 1890. Il fit toutes ses études dans les maisons de la Société, émit le serment en 1918 et fut ordonné prêtre en 1920. Bien qu'ayant beaucoup plus d'aptitudes pour les œuvres de zèle que pour l'enseignement, le père Moore fut cependant destiné à l'enseignement.

Il n'avait en effet rien d'une constitution robuste ni d'une santé florissante, aussi ses supérieurs voulurent-ils attendre avant de l'envoyer en mission. Après un an de professorat à Lyon, le père Moore partit pour l'Irlande, où il allait enseigner à Wilton, Ballinafad et Blackrock.

Son zèle pastoral était insatiable et il ne manquait jamais une occasion d'exercer le saint ministère. Aussi, grande fut la joie du père Moore quand, en 1936, il fut désigné pour l'Egypte. Bien sûr, il était nommé au collège Saint-Georges au Caire, mais il espérait bien faire du ministère. De fait, chaque soir, il eut à s'occuper des catéchumènes.

Le Seigneur ne donna au père Moore que 4 ans de mission, mais permit qu'il mourût et fût inhumé en terre d'Afrique, là où il aurait voulu passer sa vie.

Father Vincent Joseph MOORE (1890 - 1940)

Vincent Moore was born in the archdiocese of Dublin, on 6 July 1890. He died at Alexandria, Egypt, on 28 October 1940.

Vincent was educated in the colleges of the Society. He studied at the Sacred Heart college, Ballinafad, Co Mayo (191l 1912), and St. Joseph's college, Wilton, Cork (1912 1915). In the autumn of 1915 he commenced his study of philosophy in the Society's seminary at Blackrock Road, Cork, and completed his theology course there in June 1920. Vincent was admitted as a member of the Society on 26 April 1918, and was ordained a priest in St. Joseph's church, adjoining the seminary, on 13 June 1920. The ordaining prelate was Bishop William J. Miller O.M.I., vicar apostolic of the Transvaal. Vincent was a member of a group of ten ordained on that day.

At the time of his ordination Vincent's health gave cause for concern and it was decided to wait a while before sending him overseas. In the interim he was appointed to the Society's seminary in Lyon, France, where it was thought the climate would help his recovery. This seminary, situated in the motherhouse of the Society at 150, Cours Gambetta, provided theological courses for some 68 students. After a year in Lyon, during which he taught English, Vincent was brought back to Ireland where he was appointed to Wilton. Michael Rowan was superior of this college which provided a three-year course in preparation for the leaving certificate for some 50 pupils. Vincent taught French, English, history and geography. In 1928 Vincent was transferred to the staff at Ballinafad. This was the Society's 'intermediate' college, where pupils prepared for the intermediate certificate examination. Mature students also went to Ballinafad, to be introduced to the Society and to study Latin in preparation for their seminary studies. When Vincent took up his post, there were 104 'minor seminarians' at Ballinafad. In 1933 Vincent was appointed to the Provincial headquarters at Blackrock Road, where he assisted in the work of promotion.

In 1936 Vincent's superiors decided to send him to Egypt where the climate was more temperate than in West Africa and to where less robust members were frequently assigned. This mission had been first erected into a prefecture in 1886 with its seat at Heliopolis, east of Cairo. There Vincent joined nine other priests of the Irish Province to whom had been entrusted the care of secondary education in this old country of the Pharaohs. He taught first at St. George's college, 8 Midan El-Afdal, Choubra (the older quarter of Cairo). Pat Christal was principal of this secondary school - called 'the English college' because tuition was through the medium of English. Other members of staff included Tom Donoghue and Martin Farrington. Vincent taught English and French and, when he had time available, assisted in the mission of St. Mark the Evangelist, at Choubra. In 1939 Vincent was transferred to St. Augustine's college (also called St. Austin's British Boys' School), located at 3, Sharia Boutros Pasha Ghali, off Sharia Abbas, in modern Heliopolis, opened at another location (6, Avenue Baron Empain) in 1937 under the superiorship of John Prendergast. Possessing a strong pastoral inclination, each evening he worked with catechumens attached to Notre-Dame mission in Heliopolis, preparing them for baptism.

Vincent's health gradually grew worse and he was to die of tuberculosis after only four years in Egypt. He died in Alexandria, at St. Paul's British Boys' School (which had been opened by Irish S.M.A. Fathers in the same year at 10, Rue Sidi Abil Dardaa. He had been sent to St. Paul's early in September 1940 because of deteriorating health. A colleague on the staff wrote: 'It was clear there was little hope. We nursed him as best we could for over a month. Then we managed to persuade the Vincent de Paul sisters to take him into their hospital on Thursday 24 October. When I visited him on Friday he was in good form, giving orders as usual. On Sunday morning, October 27th the doctor phoned that he had got a severe attack and to come at once. I came and anointed him and I could see that he understood what was happening. At 9.30 a.m. the bells of St. Catherine's next door began to ring for High Mass. He straightened himself in the bed, sat up, viewed the whole room, gave a big smile and lay back dead. He had a very nice funeral and is buried beside Fr. Knight, the Franciscan, in the Franciscan vault'.

Before his death Vincent managed to fulfil a life long ambition to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Pilgrimages were his great passion and he knew Rome, Lourdes, Ars and Liseux almost as well as his beloved Dublin.

He is buried at Alexandria, Egypt.