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Father Angus Roderick Morris

Father Angus Roderick Morris

Father Angus R. Morris, age 81, passed away on November 24th, 2018, in Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital.   Born on December 17th, 1936, he was a son of the late Florence (MacDonald) and Patrick Morris.   Father Angus was honored to share his birth date with Pope Francis.   He began his education in Colindate School, then attended Port Hood Academy.   After high school, he worked for several years in farming and fishing with his father.   He also experienced work in the mines in Elliot Lake, Ontario.   In 1958 he began a B.A. program at St. F. X. After his graduation in 1962, he entered the Eudist Seminary in Halifax and was ordained a priest by Bishop William Power on May 19, 1966.   Throughout most of the 52 years of his priesthood, Father Angus served in various parishes in the Diocese of Antigonish. For seven years he worked in the Latin American Apostolate in Honduras. He loved and was loved in all the parishes in which he served. He was gifted with a great facility for recalling people’s names which was much appreciated especially by the elderly and youth.

Father Angus was gifted with a special love for the sick and shut-ins and spent many hours ministering to them. He was also blessed with a beautiful gift of music that he shared with people of all ages. He was proud to direct The Cape Breton Fiddlers for a period of time. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed sharing stories with his friends. His ability for delivering the Gospel message in a concise way was a gift recognized by his congregations. He cherished being a priest and was most thankful to God for being chosen to follow Jesus in this most special calling.

Father Angus is survived by sisters, Catherine, CND, Sydney; Mary, CND, Halifax, and Teresa (John vanZutphen) Port Hood; brothers: Father Eugene, Harbour View, and Joseph (Mary MacLellan) of Port Hood. He is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grandnephews.   Father Angus was predeceased by his sister, Loranna Chisholm (Bill); brothers, Alexander (Catherine), Hugh (Terry) and three infant brothers.

Visitation was held in St. Peter’s Church, Port Hood on Monday, November 26th from 7-9 pm and on Tuesday, November 27th from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.   A Prayer Vigil will took place at 8:45 pm on Tuesday in the Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Brian Dunn assisted by Rev. Eugene Morris and priests of the Diocese at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Burial will be at a later date.