John Francis Reuel Tolkien, Fr. (1917 - 2003) MP

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Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK
Death: Died in Oxfordshire, UK
Occupation: Roman Catholic Priest
Managed by: Калоян Иванов
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About John Francis Reuel Tolkien, Fr.

John Francis Reuel Tolkien (1918-2003), the eldest son of J. R. R. Tolkien, was born on the 16th November 1917, in a Cheltenham nursing home. He was baptised by Father Francis Xavier Morgan, and was also named after him.

He was schooled at a Catholic boarding school in Berkshire, and then he went on to Exeter College to read English from 1936 to 1939.

He then trained for the Catholic priesthood in Rome. During WW2, in the middle of his training, he was evacuated with his fellow students. Following a brief spell in the Lake District, the College moved to Stoneyhurst College in Lancashire. He was ordained at the Church of St Gregory and Augustine in Norht Oxford in February 1946, and he began his career as a priest in Coventry before moving to the English Martyrs church in Sparkhill, Birmingham, where he was also a scout leader of the 159th English Martyrs Scout group. In 1947, he was working as a priest in the West Midlands, and in 1957, he was moved to Knutton Roman Catholic Church (Staffordshire), where he stayed until 1966. He then became priest-in-charge at the Church of Our Lady of the Angels and St Peter in Chains, in Hartshill, a suburb of Stoke-on-Trent. He was also the chairman of governors at Bishop Right School, the chaplain of the North Staffordshire Catholic Teachers Association and the area chaplain of the Young Christian Students. He was also chaplain to the University College of North Staffordshire.

From 1957 until he moved to Oxford, he lived in Stoke-on-Trent, at the Presbytery in Hartshill Road. In Oxford, he served at St Peter's in Eynsham before retiring in the 1990s.

In 1973, he chose the prayers and readings for Tolkien's Requiem Mass at the Church of St Anthony of Padua in Headington, Oxford. He was the chief celebrant at the Mass, aided by Fr Robert Murray and the parish priest, Magister Doran.

A street off Hartshill Road, on the way out of the town centre, Tolkien Way, was named after him in the early 90’s because of his work in the community.

He's buried at Wolvercote Cemetery, not far from his father's and mother's grave.

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John Tolkien, Fr.'s Timeline

November 16, 1917
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK
- present
Age 28
Roman Catholic Church
January 22, 2003
Age 85
Oxfordshire, UK
January, 2003
Age 85
Oxford, UK