Priests who served the Lithuanian immigrants
as the need arose.
1885-1893. Fr. Landsberg
and Fr. Hughes, both Jesuits and could speak Lithuanian
came up once a month from Liverpool to attend to the spiritual
need of the growing community.
1894 - Archbishop Eyre of
Glasgow became aware that this was not satisfactory so arranged
for a Lithuanian priest to come to the area to serve the
now large community of Lithuanians in the GORBALS area.
So Fr. Varnagris arrived and resided in ST JOHN, S PARISH
in Portugal St Glasgow.
Priests then stayed only a few years at
1902 - Fr. Vaitys:
1903 - Fr. Slamus:
1904 - Fr. Czuberktis:
1905 - Fr. Racewicz;
1910 - Fr Vasilauskas:
Then a Fr. Norburt came
and stayed until after the WAR and Lithuanian Independence
in 1920, during the war he had an assistant Fr. Sveistiys.
1921 -Saw the arrival of Fr. Joseph Petrauskas who resided
in HOLY FAMILY Presbytery until he died in 1934 and was
buried in New Stevenston cemetery. He served the community
well for 14 years and was loved by all.
Fr. Joseph Gutauskas who lived in Holy Family until 1942
when he moved to St Columbia a new parish built in Maryhill
succeeded him in 1934. Remember the whole area was still
under Glasgow Archdiocese.
In 1947 Glasgow became a Province having the two new dioceses
under her as suffragen sees. Motherwell and Paisley.
So Fr. Gutauskas stayed in Glasgow but served all of Scotland
wherever Lithuanians needed him. He was honoured by the
Holy Father and made Monsignor he served the community well
for 49 years.
In 1947 until 1951 Fr. Dr. Gruonis assisted him as many
displaced persons arrived and many worked on the hydroelectric
In 1970 he was assisted by Fr. Joseph MeAndrew. Fr. JOE
(as he is widely known) took over in 1981 when the Monsignor
had to go into a residential home in Cardonald Glasgow.
He died there in APRIL 1993.
Fr. Joseph MeAndrew continues
to serve the community.Today's Lithuanian community is small
and an aged one at that. What are left is divided as a result
they are committing voluntary suicide and destroying the
CULTURE and TRADITIONS left to us by the early immigrants.
Very few contribute to the upkeep of the Chaplain. So we
have to ask ourselves" WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?"
Now that Lithuania is FREE again is there any need for us
to keep going? Certainly we have been avalanched with visitors
from the old country and they have all been made very welcome.
There should be no reason
for the community to die for the lack of support. But the
community has to DECIDE!
Will Fr. Joe now be the
Will the CLOSING MASS come about like the closing of ST
FRANCIS in GLASGOW????
The Answer and Decision is in your hands
(THE SCOTTISH LITRUAMAN COMMUNITY).
And all should give serious thought
and discuss it with your families and friends.
IS IT TO BE THE END?