Warwick's first Catholic Chaplain dies aged 104
Please join Archbishop Bernard Longley in giving thanks to God for the long and fulfilled life of Monsignor Louis McRaye, priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, who has died at the age of 104. Fr. Louis, as he was always known, was the first Catholic Chaplain at the University of Warwick, and was greatly loved as a priest, spiritual advisor, friend and cook. When he was asked what is the secret of being a good university chaplain, Fr. Louis famously replied simply, “Feed them”. He will be mourned by generations of alumni.
Born in 1915 and an accomplished academic in the fields of English and Law, he was ordained a priest in 1962, then on the staff of Grove Park, a pre-seminary Formation House near Warwick until 1966. The contribution of his 57 years of priestly ministry will be remembered most as Catholic Chaplain to the University of Warwick (1966-83) and Spiritual Director at St Mary’s College, Oscott (1983-94).