The Passionist Fathers in England have met with another loss in the death of the Rev. Father Charles (Jerger), C.P., which occurred in London on September 11th. Although the deceased priest had not been in good health for some time and had undergone a severe operation, his death was by no means expected, and the news of his demise was received not only with much regret but with a shock as well.
Father Charles was professed and ordained in Australia, where by far the greater part of his priestly life was spent. Being of German origin, he was forced to leave Australia during the Great War, and on reaching these countries he was stationed for some time at Mount Argus, Dublin. A few years ago he was transferred to Herne Bay, Kent where he laboured with much zest and success till his death.
None of the priestly virtues were missing from his life, but that which shone more brilliantly than the rest was his wonderful devotion to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This was the pet theme of his sermons, and day after day he was to be seen attending as many Masses as he could. This were indeed enough to win him a rich reward in itself; but when we add to it his ardent devotion to the Mother of Sorrows, his zeal in the confessional, his patience in suffering and personal trial, and the other qualities which made him a true Passionist and perfect priest, we are justly envious of the glory which awaits him.
The obsequies took place at St. Joseph’s Retreat, Highgate, London, on September 13th.
To the charity of our readers’ prayers we recommend the soul of Father Charles. – R. I. P.
(The Cross, Vol. XVIII, 1927-28; p. 199)