THE CHARLOTTETOWN HERALD, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1907
OBITUARY. DEATH OF REV. JOHN A. MCDONALD, S. J.: The sad intelligence of the death of Rev. John A. McDonald, S.J., which occurred in Montreal on Sunday, the 1st inst., will be learned with regret by our readers. The deceased clergy man had many friends and relations in this Province, and about a year ago spent several weeks here. The following account is taken from the Montreal Star of the 3rd inst.
"The Reverend Father McDonald, S.J., pastor of the English speaking section of the parish of the Immaculate Conception, Papineau Avenue, who died Sunday morning at 9 o'clock, had been indisposed for some weeks. His sudden end is attributed to heart failure.
The deceased, John Alexander Somerled McDonald, was born in Bermuda, May 11, 1840. He was the son of Roderick Charles McDonald, lieutenant colonel of the Castle Tiorram Regiment of Highlanders, P.E.I., chief of the Highland Society of Nova Scotia. The deceased Jesuit was consequently grandson of captain John McDonald, representative of the Glenaladale branch of the great Clanranalds, who disposed of his estate in Scotland and emigrated to Prince Edward Island with his dependants, in 1773. Father McDonald's mother was Elizabeth, daughter of Alexander Ranaldson MacDonell, 18th chief of Glengarry.
At the age of eight he was sent to England and began his studies at St. Mary's Academy, Richmond on the Thames. He spent the years 1861-2 in Edinburgh and London qualifying for the civil service, for which his family had destined him. But he returned subsequently to Canada and began the study of medicine at McGill. At the close of his university course he entered the Jesuit Order and taught and studied successively at Fordham, N.Y., St Mary's College, Montreal, and Woodstock, Maryland. The young Jesuit was raised to the priesthood in 1872 in Baltimore, by the Bishop of Wilmington, and exercised the ministry during the past thirty-five years in Montreal; Brandon, Man.; Sault Ste. Marie, Garden River and other Jesuit Missions.
In 1901 he was recalled to Montreal, to attend to the spiritual wants of the parish of the Immaculate Conception. It was there he was stationed when the last summons came. It came suddenly, but it did not find him unprepared. The thought of death has always been uppermost in his mind. He was a man of untiring zeal in the cause of the sick and the poor. To the end Father McDonald was a courtly old gentleman, possessing a kind heart and all the graces of conversation and manner which came to him from a long and distinguished line of Scottish ancestors. The deceased is survived by a sister who is the lady superior in an Australian convent. The funeral took place this morning to the Jesuit cemetery at Sault au Recollect". R. I.P.
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