Thomas Alder Pope

From the Oratory Parish Magazine for August 1904.

Fr. Thomas Pope was born on January 8th, 1819, was a Fellow-Commoner of Jesus College, Cambridge, and after taking his degree was Curate of Trumpington, and then held the important living of St. Matthias, Stoke Newington. He was received into the Church by the Archbishop of Rouen, and joined the Oratory soon after.

His life as a holy Priest is known to all who knew him, and there are many who hold recollections of his kindly ministrations. Who will forget, who knew them, the precisions that he insisted upon – the vigour with which he pounced upon a slip-shod sentence or a false accent – the natty turns of his written English – the neatness of his translations – the unaffected kindness which sprang up at the call of genuine grief? or his stories and reminiscences, with just that dash of vinegar which makes a tasteless vegetable into a clever salad?

Latterly, his failing health prevented him from taking any public part in the services of the Church, and to a younger generation he had already become a magni nominis umbra – a great recollection. But his excellent translation of Capecellatro’s Life of St. Philip – his short History of the Church, which is well worth a reprint – his translation of the Devotions of St. Gertrude – have all made a lasting mark amongst English Catholics.