90th Birthday Celebrations
Fr Anthony J Wolstenholme
Fr Anthony J Wolstenholme celebrated his 90th birthday at Nazareth House Rest Home, Paisley, Glasgow in the company of fellow priests, his brother Peter Wolstenholme, sisters Margaret Young and Ann Garlick from Sheffield, friends from St Joaquin parish, Carmile and the Comboni Mission’s Carmile House, Glasgow. He was delighted when Archbishop Philip Tartalia telephoned his congratulations.
Anthony Joseph Wolstenholme (Tony) was born in Hawley Street Flats in the centre of Sheffield on 18 March, 1924 to William Reginald and Elizabeth Theresa Mary Wolstenholme, the second of seven children. The family moved to the Manor in 1928, a new Sheffield Council housing estate built in green fields on the outskirts of the city. He attended St Theresa’s Elementary School, Prince of Wales Road, Manor Estate. Following a pass in Scholarship he was educated by the Brothers at De la Salle Grammar School, Pitsmoor, Sheffield.
He joined the Royal Navy in 1942. Demobbed in 1946, he returned to Vickers Steels for one year before answering a vocation to the priesthood. He studied at Varese, Italy and he was ordained a Verona Father in Milan in June 1957. He travelled to his home town, Sheffield, to celebrate the marriage service of his younger brother, Peter to Margaret Bell in St Theresa’s Church, Manor Estate, on 10 August, 1957.
He was sent to the Mission at Arua, Uganda in 1958, returning to Sunnindale in 1965. He was then sent to the Comboni Mission House in Carmile, Glasgow. Failing health this year resulted in him becoming a resident in Nazareth House Rest Home, Paisley, Glasgow run by the Sisters of Nazareth.
On 19 March Mary Josephine (after St Joseph, whose feast day she was born on) McNulty celebrated her 90th birthday.
It was a day of festivities with family and friends. Mary celebrated midday Mass at The Annunciation Church. Later that day she attended the SVP District Council Festival Mass and meeting at St Joseph’s Church, Staveley. Terry Mortimer, the President of the Chesterfield SVP District Council congratulated Mary not only on her birthday, but also on the magnificent achievement of having been an active member of the SVP for 65 years.
Our photograph shows Mary with 24 cupcakes to signify 1924, the year of her birth.