Tributes to Father Naughton
Grief at St Columbkille’s
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