Kingston, Cornelius (Father)

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                    The Kingstons – A Special Breed; Total 92 Years In Priesthood

During World War I, the late Cornelius Kingston of Trout Brook was injured. A devout Catholic, he prayed for his life, to return to Canada from France, get married and have a son in the religious order. His prayer came true – but threefold. Today, three of his ten sons are priests – Rev. Paul J. Kingston, c.s.c., Edmonton; Rev. Cornelius J. Kingston, c.s.c., Red Deer and Rev. Louis E Kingston, c.s.c., Waterloo.

These three priests belong to a family of fourteen children of Cornelius and Katherine E. (O’Shea) Kingston Sr., died in 1974. Bishop Arthur Gilbert of the Diocese of Saint John referred to the Kingston family as “a special breed-the life of the community.” And rightly so!

On June 22, over 150 descendants of the Kingston family, plus several special friends, showed their support and faith by attending a special thanksgiving mass of Rev. Louis Kingston’s 25th Anniversary in the priesthood. Only one member of the immediate Kingston family was unable to attend. Rev. Paul was unable to have someone take over his parish duties.

Besides Bishop Gilbert, others taking part in the thanksgiving mass at St. James Roman Catholic Church, Sevogle, were Father Arnold Toner of Fredericton; Father Allison Mahoney, Mexico and formerly of Bartibogue; Father Henry McGrath, Newcastle; Father John Sullivan, Sevogle parish priest; Father Vincent Donovan, St. Thomas University and Father Brian Waugh, Fredericton and Father Cornelius (Con) Kingston. A nephew, Dr. Mark Kingston, Jr., of Kentucky led a group of nephews and nieces who formed the offertory procession; Elizabeth and Laura Kingston, Kingston Duffie and Danny Crowe. Dermont Kingston, Mary Kingston and Suzanne Barry gave the scriptural readings.

                                       92 Years

The three Kingston priests total 92 years of service in the priesthood which Father Toner, in giving the homily, said “has a certain aloneness” about it. Father Con was ordained 32 years ago and Father Paul, 35.

Father Louis spent four years in Rome, but most of his 25 years were spent in education. He is well known for his tenderness and sense of fair play. A soft spoken man, it would not be uncommon to see Father Louis, following the day of teaching, having a friendly card game with some of the students.

For 84-year-old Mrs. Katherine Kingston, it was “a very special day indeed” to have all her family with her; the only regret was that one son, Rev. Paul could not attend.

One of the highlights of a banquet held following the mass was a presentation of a scroll to Mrs. Kingston, Father Con and Father Louis. Presented by Bishop Gilbert the scroll contained greetings and blessings from Pope John Paul II. A scroll was also presented to Mrs. Kingston for her son, Rev. Paul.

Brendan McCarthy, a nephew, presented three gold chalices and patens. These were handmade in Prince Edward Island. A gift from the family was three watercolors by Jeanne Sugers, all typical of the sea.

During the supper, catered by the Sevogle C.W.L., Bishop Gilbert gave his blessing to the whole Kingston family. Looking upon the large group, he remarked, “Need we worry about New Brunswick, or Canada? We have such a wonderful family here - the Kingstons.

                                       Moose Hunter

The joyous occasion that it was, Bishop Gilbert was not without his usual humor. When someone in the audience referred to him as a “moose hunter,” he took it in stride and explained why he is sometimes called that. “I have been applying for a license for 15 years but my name was never drawn. You don’t see my name on the fish draw either. When I complained to the Minister of Natural Resources, I was told, “What do you need a license for? You get your moose anyway.”

Bishop Gilbert then spoke of how important it is for a priest to be surrounded by the love and faith of his family and friends.

How did Father Louis feel on the day of his 25th anniversary of his ordination? “It’s just wonderful to be here with all my family and special close friends and have them celebrate their faith with me. It’s especially good to see all my nephews and nieces.”

Two members of Father Louis’s parish in Waterloo, Mrs. Edna Crosby and Mrs. Nora Holland, made a special trip to the Miramichi to be with him during the celebration. His godmother, Mrs. Joseph Estey of Sevogle, was a guest at the head table. A brother-in-law and emcee for the supper was Murray Crowe, who, after recently reading the publication “Historic Homes of Chatham,” suggested the Kingston homestead be declared a historic site.

Other sons and daughters of Mrs. Katherine Kingston present for the occasion were Katherine M. Crowe, a twin sister of Father Con, Buckinghamshire, England; Gertrude E. Duffie, Fredericton; Joan T. McCarthy, Newcastle; Suzanne G. Barry, Kentucky; Frederick J., Newcastle; Dr. Mark B., Charlottetown; Bernard A., Trout Brook; Gregory A., Windsor; Terrence G., Fredericton; Leo A., Moncton; and Dermont G. O’Shea Kingston of Fredericton.

Source: Northumberland News July 02, 1980

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