Monsignorr Augustine Hoey will celebrate his 100th birthday on December 22. But that is no excuse, clearly, for letting standards slip. In Walsingham, where he went to live at the age of 97, he leads a busier life than many have ever led. His figure is a familiar and striking sight to villagers as, impeccably dressed in cassock and cloak and his trademark Cappello Romano, he makes his way to each of Walsingham’s churches to carry out his exacting daily round of intercessions for Christian unity.
A year of meticulous planning would come to fruition when he and his team descended on the chosen parish. They stayed for up to
a week visiting every home several times, preaching in the streets and the churches, praying and performing. The missions were dramatic affairs which drew people nearer to God by engaging their hearts. Real undertakers and a real coffin would be produced when the theme was death; a live rabbit for a children’s mission teaching how to pray.