One of the influential figures in my conversion was a Englishman, a permanent deacon at my home parish of St. Agnes in St. Paul.
The late Rev. Mr. Harold Hughesdon, who died some years ago, had been in the Westminster Cathedral School in London in the 30’s, a pilot in the RAF in the war, a professor of physics, a VP of 3M. When he was in the RAF, he met an American girl. They married and settled in St. Paul. Among his accomplishments at St. Agnes was the training of the altar boys in the style of Westminster Cathedral. He also obtained permission from the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster to set up the first chapter of the Confraternity of St. Stephen, for altar boys, outside the Commonwealth. Here in Madison I’ve asked the present Cardinal Archbishop for the same and he said yes. That’s to come!
Today, in looking at my notes for All Saints – I have a Missa Cantata this evening – I found a recording of Harold reading the 2nd Reading for today, in the Novus Ordo, from 1 John – back in 2012.
Here it is:
I don’t know why I have this recording, but I am sure glad that I do.
His reading at the Vigil of Easter of “Chariots and charioteers” is legendary.
In your charity, in this time when we pray for the dead, please stop and say a prayer for my old friend Rev. Mr. Harold Hughesdon. He is greatly missed. Requiescat.