Smith, James V. (Father)

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                            REV. JAMES V. SMITH CELEBRATES 35 YEARS


July 17th is a special day for parishioners of Chatham Head and Barnaby River. On this date they will join Rev. James V. Smith to show their faith and support during a mass which commemorates his 35th year of ordination to the priesthood. Parishioners of The Most Pure Heart of Mary, Barnaby River and the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Chatham Head and the public from surrounding areas are invited to attend.

The actual date of Rev. James Smith’s ordination was May 06, 1945. On May 06, 1980, Mr. Smith celebrated his 25th anniversary by celebrating mass at St. Peter’s Tomb, St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome.

The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert Smith, Lower Newcastle, Father James didn’t always plan to be a priest. “It wasn’t until my last year of university that I finally came to the decision.” Having received his Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University, in his final year at Holy Heart Seminary he committed himself to the priesthood. He was ordained in Bathurst by Bishop Camille LeBlanc.

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Father Smith always loved working with people, chatting with them and sometimes becomes deeply involved in their problems. It has been said by Bishop A. J. Gilbert that the priesthood has a certain “aloneness” about it. Father Smith admits this is true, but “there are times I enjoy this aloneness.” Next to his love for his vocation, he loves to travel. He visited the Holy Land four times, Rome six times and made a trip around the world. Father Smith has attended the International Eucharistic Congress in Bombay, Bagota, Columbia, Melbourne, Australia and Philadelphia.

He lives alone at the Chatham Head rectory and prides himself in doing his own housework, looking after all minor repairs, landscaping, etc. “This is the type of work I enjoy doing,” he says. He also does all his own secretarial work. When not celebrating mass, making house calls, doing household chores, visiting the sick in the hospital, Father Smith Father Smith can be seen snapping photographs. Although he may be regarded as an amateur photographer, one would not believe this if they seen his enormous collection of photographs taken in various parts of the world.

Among his many postings, he has spent three months in Nelson, served at St. Thomas University, Newcastle, Campbellton, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Chatham (for seven years), Prince Edward Island and Hampton, N. B. He came to Chatham Head in 1970 and has been there ever since. To Father Smith, “This is the place I like best.”

A special mass to celebrate his ordination will be held at 7 p.m. at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, Chatham Head. A reception for the public will be held at the Chatham Head Church basement following mass. Earlier in the afternoon a special banquet will be held at the Smith homestead in Lower Newcastle for Bishops, Priests, family members and special guests.

Father Smith has five brothers and two sisters. All returned home for the celebration except one brother who was unable to make it but will be making a visit later on in the summer.


Source: Northumberland News July 16, 1980

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