#52Ancestors asks bloggers to "have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.”
This week's blog post is about Erland Raymond Martin Moynahan known for most of his life as Father Ray.
Raymond was born in 1904 son of John and Mary (Broderick) Moynahan of Windsor, Ontario and was ordained in 1934 and served as assistant priest of St Mary's Woodstock, Ontario; Pastor of All Saints' Church, Stratford, Ontario and Pastor of St Peter's Church, Goderich, Ontario.
Campbell Avenue, Windsor, Ontario
|23 year old Erlan working at Morgan & Wright, Detroit, Michigan 1928|
Source: Family Search Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit
|Detroit, Michigan, 1908. "Detroit Rubber Works."|
8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
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Father Ray was ordained into the priesthood at St Peter's Cathedral in London, Ontario on May 26, 1934
|Invitation to Ordination 1934|
|Remembrance card for Ordination 1934|
|The Amherstburg Echo May 25, 1934|
|All Saints Roman Catholic Church|
To him also fell the difficult task of refitting the church to conform with the new liturgy introduced by the Second Vatican Council and the establishment of the (first) Parish Council.
On the first Friday in June 1964, Father Moynahan said the first Mass facing the people on a altar designed and built by Hans Pastell a local craftsmen.
A constant visitor to the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital and to the Goderich Psychiatric Hospital, Father Moynahan, a lover of Latin, possessed a keen theological mind, and his austere appearance hid a kindly heart.``
|Father Ray with Sirley (Brazeau) Moynahan and children Dan, Lorri and Elizabeth|
|Obituary: Windsor Star March 26, 1980|
|Obituary Windsor Star March 27, 1980|
Internment at Heavenly Rest