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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CONVERSION | Why Did Hone and HvS Become Catholics? (Updated Apr 7, 2017)

"Evie Hone" by Hilda van Stockum. National
Gallery of Art. Used here by permission of the
Estate of Hilda van Stockum.
From James Robinson (Comment, Feb. 2017): "I have just read [your] rather interesting note about St John’s, Sandymount. Fr S.R.S.Colquhoun did not become a bishop, in fact he was prosecuted by the Church for High Church Practices. The Church of Ireland definitely did not want re-union with Rome. Many English Anglo-Catholics wanted this. St John's was a miniscule minority of High Church in a generally very low church protestant Church."

Mar 31, 2017: Thank you, James Robinson. I have made the corrections. (Fr Colquhoun must have been in Monsignor garb.) They help the story! I have added my email address at the end of this post.

I have previously noted on this blog site that my mother, Hilda van Stockum, in 1938 followed Evie Hone into the Roman Catholic Church, just as Evie Hone earlier followed Hilda van Stockum into the art world. (Evie asked Hilda, who was already an established artist, what she thought of her art and Hilda was enthusiastic about Evie's first stained-glass attempts and encouraged her to make this her career).

Evie and Hilda were introduced, says my eldest sister Olga, by Fr Colquhoun, as I noted in 2014. 

Now I have a better idea of what might have precipitated the formal conversion of both Evie Hone and Hilda van Stockum to the Roman Catholic Church. 

They must have been outraged at the witch-hunt of Fr Colquhoun for being too High Church for Church of Ireland members of his own St. John's congregation in Sandymount, Dublin.

My interpretation of what happened is that the two of them turned their back on the Church of Ireland and embraced what the witch-hunters most feared, namely an exit to the Church of Rome. HvS took her mother and her children, who would number six (all living as of today😊), with her...

References: Rev. S. R. S. Colquhoun, of St John's church, Sandymount, Dublin, was suspended. The Sandymount church had long been noted for Its High Church tendencies. Winnipeg Tribune — https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/37434158/ 
The formal name of the Sandymount church was Saint John the Evangelist, Sandymount, Dublin 4. StJohn's is a Church of Ireland church. (My mother always told me I was named after St. John the Evangelist, not St. John the Baptist. She may have been naming me after this church!) https://www.facebook.com/Saint-John-the-Evangelist-Sandymount-Dublin-4-249177.

The case against the Revd S.R.S. Colquhoun, incumbent since 1930 of St John'sSandymount, Dublin, began with a petition started in 1934, the year Hilda van Stockum first became famous as a writer, winning one of the two Newbery Honor Roll awards that were given out in 1935 along with the Newbery Medal. It was also the year her first child, Olga E. Marlin, was born in New York City. The E initial in Olga's name is for Emily MacDonnell, HvS's Anglo-Irish grandmother. The Irish Protestant Churches in the Twentieth Century. https://books.google.com/books?isbn=0230288510 A. Megahey.

The vicar of St John's church in Sandymount, Dublin, the Rev SRS Colquhoun, was suspended for six months in 1937 for High Church Practices. (In 1937, that might have been the equivalent of being burned at the stake.) https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/october-30th-1937-1.670455?mode=amp

If you have another piece of this puzzle to add, I can be reached directly at jtmarlin[at]post.harvard.edu.🙏

Related Posts: "The Vocation of Women" http://hildavanstockum.blogspot.com/2012/03/hilda-van-stockum-and-vocation-of-women.html.


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