Beloved spiritual director Monsignor William Bevington died Wednesday at Alive Hospice. The Legion of Mary in Nashville owes so much to his sustaining leadership and spiritual direction. Monsignor Bevington was appointed spiritual director of the Nashville Comitium in 1968, completing over 40 years of service when he retired from that role.
Jo Clyde reports, "I went to the visitation and service for Fr. (now Monsignor) Bevington last night at Our Lady of the Lake. It was very beautiful. After the service, we (those in the Legion) led the Rosary and Legion prayers while the Knights of Columbus stood around the casket."
According to the Diocese of Nashville, Monsignor Bevington was ordained to the priesthood December 8, 1951 in the Chapel of the North American College in Rome. He served in a number of parish assignments throughout the state when both East and West Tennessee were part of the Diocese of Nashville. He taught at Father Ryan High School in Nashville and Catholic High School for Boys in Memphis, served as principal at Notre Dame high School in Chattanooga, and was instrumental in the founding of Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville. He retired on July 1, 2008. Yesterday, Bishop David Choby announced that Pope Benedict XVI had appointed him to the rank of Prelate of Honor to His Holiness and granted him the title of Monsignor. Msgr. Bevington was informed of the appointment on Tuesday, and expressed his appreciation for the honor.
The Funeral Mass will be at the Cathedral of the Incarnation on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
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