Padre Thomas Nangle,
Class of 1909
Students & Alumni
come together to honour
Thomas Nangle, a St. Bonaventure’s College graduate and member of the class of 1909, was recognized by the Government of Canada as a person of national historical significance with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the Canadian Forces Station in St. John’s on November 8, 2016.
Nangle, a Catholic priest at the time, served as Padre of the Newfoundland Regiment. Later he was tasked with the responsibility of exhuming the remains of the Newfoundland war dead in Europe and interring them properly.
Following his regimental service, Nangle was responsible for the installation of the commemorative plaques and statues at Beaumont Hamel, the creation of the Trail of the Caribou, and the conceptualization and establishment of the National War Memorial in St. John’s. Nangle was also instrumental in creating the Newfoundland Great War Veteran’s Association.
Students Jane Hutchings ’17 and Connor Milks ’18, were invited to sing “O Canada” and the “Ode to Newfoundland” while Ben Dornan ’17 read the plaque inscription in French and English.
One of the proponents of Nagle’s nomination was Deputy RNC Chief (Retired) Gary Browne ’67. Browne is co-author of “Soldier Priest – Padre Thomas Nangle.” The plaque was unveiled by Mr. Seamus O’Regan, ’84, Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl. In attendance were City Councillor and Alumnus Mr. Danny Breen ’77, former MP Jack Harris ’62 and Monsignor Francis Puddester, ’63, Vicar-General.