PARISH PRIESTS
Father George Carton
Cannon Aloysius O’Toole
Provost Henry Hazlehurst
Canon John Goodear
Father Edward Doyle
Canon James Fraser
Father William Doyle
Father Terence Boylan
Father Nicholas Kern

1898 - 1901
1901 - 1925
1925 - 1953
1953 - 1959
1959 - 1975
1975 - 1986
1986 - 1989
1989 - 2005
2005 -


CURATES
Eugene Rooney
Joseph O’Leary
Joseph Seddon
Peter Burke
Aloysius Wilson
Bernard Coleman
Bernard Bell
John Campbell
Cornelius Campion
Frederick V Walsh
Bernard Gill
Clement Turner
Albert Knight
James Fitzgerald
William Bergin
P. Patrick Down
Robert Fallon
Timothy Harrington
E. Hugh Birdwhistle
John McDonald
Frederick Walsh
John Blanc
James Farrell
James O'Reilly
Michael Cupit
Michael Gannon
Ivan Burke
Michael Wagstaffe
William Fitzgerald
Paul Standish
David McNamara
Edward (Ned) Wall
Michael Raiswell
Philip McGovern
Philip Heiberg


OTHER ASSISTANT PRIESTS
Through the years St. Joseph's has been fortunate in having the support of several priests living and serving in the parish, these have included :
Canon Busquet
Fr. Harold Ainsworth
Fr. James Malloy
Fr. Jack Hoskinson
Fr. Peter Montgomery
Canon James Hurley
Fr. James Murphy
Fr. Tony Leonard
Fr. Michael Dyson


Father George Carton

Born Cumber Co. Derry 16th Nov. 1856. Educated at Mountrath Monastery Co. Laois, All Hallows & Oscott 1879-80. Ordained at St. Laurence’s Birkenhead 25th July 1880. Curate at : Crew, Hyde, St. Werburgh’s Birkenhead, SS Philip and James, Stockport, Congleton. Chaplain at Talacre Hall and subsequently Holt Hill Convent, Birkenhead 1894-1898 based at 43 Chesnut Grove. He founded the mission of St. Joseph’s North Road in 1898 where he lived at 56 North Road. In 1901 he moved to St. Alban’s Macclesfield and from there went on to Wilmslow, Bollington and Hooton. He died 25th Dec. 1926 and is buried at Hooton. He had his own carriage and pair.


Canon Aloysius Thomas O’Toole

Born in Birkenhead 29th Dec. 1863, educated St. Francis Xavier College, Liverpool, Oscott 1879-80 and the English College in Rome 1882-88. Ordained in Rome 26th May 1888. Curate at St. Alban's Macclesfield, St. Peter’s Stalybridge, Oswestry. Parish Priest at St. Joseph’s North Road 1901-1925. Died 3rd February 1927 and is buried at Flaybrick Hill. Noted as a good musician.


Provost Henry Edward Hazlehurst

Born Latchford 19th Sept. 1879. Educated at Douai and the English College Rome. D.D., 1904. Curate at Newport (also Parish Priest) Parish Priest : St. Joseph’s North Road 1925-1952. Became Canon 1926, Provost 1932. Also Diocesan Treasurer and Treasurer to the Shrewsbury Secular Clergy Fund. Died 16th Jan. 1952, Buried at Landican. Built the Guild Hall. Noted as excellent Catechetical Instructor.


Canon John Goodear

Born Sale 28th July 1900. Educated St. Bede’s College Manchester 1916-19 and the English College Rome. Ordained 27th Feb. 1926. Curate at St. Laurence’s Birkenhead 1927-35 Parish Priest : Holy Name Birkenhead, St. Joseph’s Stockport, St. Joseph’s North Road 1952-59, Northendean 1959-60. Canon 1954. Died 30th Dec. 1960 buried at Landican. Remembered for his sense of humour.


Father Edward Doyle

Son of James and Mary Doyle, born Birkenhead 7th July 1910. Educated at St. Hugh’s Birkenhead, Ushaw 1924-30 and the English College Rome 1930-37. Ordained 19th Dec. 1936 Bishop’s Secretary 1937-40, Curate at Liscard 1940-41. Taught Philosophy at Ushaw 1941 - 1946. Curate at Northwich 1946-50. Parish Priest Romiley 1950-59, Parish Priest St. Joseph’s North Road 1959-75. Worked with Catholic Housing Aid Society and acted as Judge for the Catholic Marriage tribunal. Died 26th June 1975, Buried at Landican. Was responsible for the building of the Parish and Youth Centres.


Canon James Fraser

Born Waterford 24 Nov. 1919. Educated St. Joseph’s Dumfries and the English College Rome 1937-44. Repatriated during the 2nd World War, Ordained Stonyhurst 13th February 1944. Curate at Our Lady’s Birkenhead 1944-45, St. Werburgh’s Chester 1945-53, Our Lady’s Latchford 1953-58. Founder of St. Raphael’s Stalybridge 1959-1974. Parish Priest St. Joseph’s North Road 1975-86, Our Lady and St John Heswall 1986-93. Despite worsening ill-health he continued pastoral work right up to his death just missing his Golden Jubilee. Remembered for his generosity and preaching. Instigated the gilt decoration of St. Joseph’s Church.


Father William Doyle

Born in Ireland 1930. Trained at St Kieran's College and was Ordained at Kilkenny Cathedral. Curate at St. Joseph's Seacombe, St Werburgh's Chester. Parish Priest: Holy Spirit Runcorn 1966. St. Wilfred's, Northwich 1979, St. Joseph's Birkenhead 1986, St. Winefride's, Lymn. Died June 18th 1997, buried in Ireland Co. Kilkenny. Member of Shrewsbury Diocesan Golf Team.


Father Terence Boylan

Born Garvagh, Co. Derry, 30th November 1939. Educated at St. Columb’s College, Derry 1952 -1957, St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny 1957-1963. Ordained in the Cathedral, Kilkenny 2nd June 1963. Curate at St. Laurence’s Birkenhead 1963-1965. St. Alban’s Liscard 1965-1972. St. Aidan’s Wythenshawe, 1972-1977. Parish Priest : St. Mary’s, Dukinfield, 1977-1985. St. Clare’s, Chester 1985-1989, St. Joseph’s 1989 - 2005. Member of Shrewsbury Diocesan Golf Team.


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