Story of Great War chaplain lives on in Newfoundland
In the years following World War I, it would not be unusual for a Catholic family in Newfoundland to have three portraits hanging in their home: Pope Benedict XV, Newfoundland Archbishop E.P. Roche … and Fr. Thomas Nangle.
Nangle, a respected First World War chaplain who served with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, was born in St. John’s in 1889. He was ordained a priest in 1913 and served at St. Michael’s Parish on Bell Island. When war was declared in 1914, the 25-year-old Nangle wanted to enlist with the Newfoundland Regiment as their chaplain. Initially, the archbishop denied the request, but