Brother James Pidgeon, RIP

 Br. James Pidgeon, will be deeply missed by his Brothers in the Order, his family, friends and former  work colleagues throughout  the St. John of God Services.  Br. James had been ill for several years and died peacefully, in his sleep.

Reposing in the Community House, Stillorgan on Wednesday, 23rd July, from 12 noon with a Prayer Service at 5.30pm. Funeral Mass at 2pm on Thursday, 24th July, in Saint John of God Hospital Chapel and burial afterwards in the Community Cemetery, Stillorgan.p, on Friday 17th July.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Brother James Pidgeon was born on St. Patrick’s Day in 1933.  He was christened Liam and the reason it wasn’t Patrick was because he had an older brother with the name.  His birth gave the Pidgeon family and their neighbours in Bow Street, Dublin, a special reason to celebrate that St. Patrick’s Day.

 Liam, along with several other boys and young men, served Mass for the Franciscan Capuchin Order in Church Street.  There he came under the influence of a Brother Columcille O.F.M. cap., who encouraged him to seek his vocation with the Brothers of Saint John of God.  Liam was 14 years old when he left home and came to live in Stillorgan.

 As an “Aspirant” he attended Dun Laoghaire CBS where he completed school.  Becoming Brother James on entering religious life on November 28th 1950, he made his profession of vows on December 8th 1951.

 James is recognised within the Order as bright, diligent, hardworking, devoted to his religious life, the Order, his family and his Celtic culture.  He is earnest and dynamic about everything he undertakes.

 Having graduated in Psychiatric Nursing at the Saint John of God Hospital—1952; as a Primary School Teacher at Colaiste Mhuire, CBS, Marino—1954; and in Special Education at Jordan Hill College, Glasgow—1955, James was appointed Principal at St. Augustine’s School, Blackrock, Co. Dublin at the age of 22!

 Since then, for the past 56 years, James has worked tirelessly and without reserve as a true and authentic ‘hospitaller’ of Saint John of God.

 James has served several times in responsible positions as Provincial Councillor, Prior, Director of Service, Director of Vocations, Director of Formation and more lately in Pastoral Care.  These roles have taken him to Blackrock, Drumcar, Celbridge, Kilcroney near Bray, Rathgar, Westville Grove, New Jersey and Tralee.

 Prayer, spirituality, respect, justice, commitment, integrity—all are words which remind us of the ‘faithfulness’ of this man.  Whether in a position of leadership or authority, the sincerity and simplicity James brought  to everything he did, brightened and animated  everywhere and everyone.

 Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.






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