Trib­utes to Fa­ther Naughton

Grief at St Colum­bkille’s

Rutherglen Reformer - - Gossip Girl - Jonathan Ged­des

Trib­utes have been paid to a former priest of St Colum­bkille’s Church.

Fa­ther James Naughton, who spent five years at the Main Street par­ish from 1992 un­til 1997, died in Saint An­drew’s hospice in Air­drie, aged 75, shortly be­fore Christ­mas.

Fa­ther Naughton was born on June 17, 1941, in Mountshan­non, County Clare, in the Repub­lic of Ire­land.

He trained for the priest­hood in Ire­land and was or­dained there on June 13, 1965, but he had com­mit­ted him­self to serve as a priest in the Dio­cese of Motherwell.

He be­gan his priestly work in Coat­bridge, in St Monica’s Par­ish, for seven years.

Af­ter a year in Ire­land study­ing he re­turned to Coat­bridge, to St Mary’s Par­ish, Whif­flet, for 15 years.

He then set up the pas­toral cen­tre at New­mains and in­tro­duced the whole dio­cese to a pas­toral re­newal pro­gramme known as Re­new.

Af­ter four years he was ap­pointed par­ish priest at Saint Colum­bkille’s in 1992 and then served the Glen­boig area for three years.

He set­tled in Car­luke, where in 2015 he re­tired from his post be­cause of ill-health.

How­ever, at the same time he had the joy of cel­e­brat­ing his Golden Ju­bilee in the priest­hood sur­rounded by friends.

Wher­ever he went he made friends eas­ily. He was a so­cia­ble per­son and mixed hap­pily with the peo­ple he was sent to serve, of­ten play­ing a lead­ing role in or­gan­is­ing church events.

Fa­ther Naughton was also a prac­ti­cal man who could roll up his sleeves and deal en­er­get­i­cally with prob­lems of re­pair and main­te­nance but he was, first and fore­most, a priest ded­i­cated to ser­vice of God and neigh­bour.

Trib­utes Fa­ther James Naughton died shortly be­fore Christ­mas

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