Wigan - A Hopeless Case?

 

On 14th March 1962, Father Richard Tobin, Parish Priest at St. Joseph's, Wigan, sent the following letter to His Grace, George Andrew Beck, Archbishop of Liverpool:

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ST. JOSEPH'S

WIGAN

14. 3. 1962

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Your Grace,
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Having received Your Approval through the building and sites committee subject to a few alterations to the plans submitted we hope to start building the new church within the next two or three months.

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I do not know if Your Grace has any suggestion with regard to a patron for this church and, if not, may I suggest one of the following:-
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St. Jude, the Apostle

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Our Lady of the Assumption

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Begging Your Grace's blessing and prayers in the undertaking,
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Your Obedient servant in Christ
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Richard L Tobin
 
On 15th March 1962, His Grace, the Archbishop replied as follows:
 

15th March 1962

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My dear Father Tobin,
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Many thanks for your letter. I like your suggestion of St. Jude as a patron of the new church. We already have a parish in honour of The Assumption but none, so far as I know, to St. Jude.

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I assume that you do not intend to suggest by this title that Wigan is a hopeless case!!
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Wishing you every blessing,
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I am
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Devotedly yours
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Archbishop of Liverpool*   
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Source: Archdiocesan Archives
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*The letter in the Archives was a copy of the one that was sent and is not signed by the Archbishop.