RepositoryJesuits in Britain Archives
Ref NoABSI/SJ/23
TitleFr Bernard Farrell SJ (1904-1977)
LevelSub fonds
DescriptionPersonal papers; correspondence; spiritual, retreat and sermon notes; a small number of photographs; autograph book.
Admin_HistoryBernard Stuart Farrell was born in Manchester on 18 December 1904, the son of Edwin and Annie Farrell. He was educated at Mount St Mary's College in Chesterfield. Along with seven of his classmates, Farrell entered the Society on 7 September 1923. Farrell went on to study Philosophy at Heythrop in Oxfordshire and then taught for three years at Stamford Hill. He returned to Heythrop in 1936 to study Theology.

Farrell was ordained on 9 September 1936. After serving a year as a priest at Heythrop, Farrell completed his tertianship at St Beuno's in 1937. He taught at St Michael's in Leeds for a year. Following the outbreak of the Second World War, Farrell enlisted in the Regular Army Reserve of Officers and was called up as a chaplain in September 1939. He served the duration of the war and was part of the Allied invasion of Italy, during which time he met Pius XII in Rome. He was briefly recalled to the army in 1956 during the Suez Crisis.

After the Second World War, the focus of Farrell's career was on conducting missions. He served as an Excurrens (missioner) initially with a headquarters in Leeds, then from 1952 as Superior of the Excurrentes based at 114 Mount Street. He continued in this role at Manresa from 1959 and at Boscombe from 1962. In his later career, Farrell served the parish of St Wilfrid's, Preston. Having for some time assisted the Socius in handling requests for supplies and retreats, Farrell returned to Mount Street in 1977 as Assistant Socius. At the time of his death in September 1977, Farrell was supplying at St Cuthbert's in Blackpool. He died of a heart attack on 8 September 1977.

Farrell's funeral was held on 14 September 1977 at St Wilfrid's, Preston, followed by an internment at Preston Cemetery.

A full obituary can be found in Letters & Notices, volume 83, pp. 48 - 54.
Related MaterialPhotographs of Bernard Farrell can be found at SJ/PH/417
AccessConditionsThe papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to archive material in the Jesuits in Britain Archives.
DS/UK/411Farrell; Bernard (1904-1977); Jesuit Priest1904-1977

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