Monday, July 10, 2006

Msgr. Roy Aiken-Rest in Peace

A wonderful priest died last week. Unfortunately we weren't told until today. Here are snippet of his obituary:

Msgr. Aiken was born November 28, 1918, in Greenville, South Carolina. A graduate of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, Msgr. received his theological degree from Saint Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. He was ordained a priest in 1946 by Most Rev. Emmet M. Walsh, Bishop of Charleston at St. Francis de Sales Church in New York City. During the course of his service in the Diocese of Charleston, Msgr. Aiken served as pastor in Walterboro and Aiken as well as pastor at St. Peter Church in Columbia, St. John in Summerville and St. Mary, Help of Christians, in Aiken. He was also secretary to Bishop Russell in Charleston, first editor of the Diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Banner, as well as serving on the faculties of Ursuline High School in Columbia, Cardinal Newman High School in Columbia, and St. Angela Academy in Aiken. Msgr. Aiken served as Director of Finances for the Diocese of Charleston, on the Board of Directors of the North American Liturgical Association and as President of the Summerville Chamber of Commerce. Following retirement in 1993, he served at Our Lady of The Hills Catholic Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church and Cardinal Newman High School in Columbia. (Read the rest here)

I knew Msgr. Aiken in his later years when he helped out at St. Joseph's in Columbia. I recall he was a very good confessor. He was a very good homilist also-he knew how to use Church history to illustrate his exhortations from the pulpit. He was a good priest. We pray he is enjoying his reward.

Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen.

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