The encounter on the road to Damascus
Saint Paul’s Parish, Whiteinch
St Paul’s is Parish of the Archdiocese of Glasgow A Designated Religious Charity, Number SC018140


REV.ALPHONSUS OOGHE (1905-1914) was born in Woumen, near Dixmude, in Western Flanders, in 1869. This energetic little Belgian priest was a member of a family which gave four sons to the service of God. At an early age he made up his mind to spend his priestly life in the Archdiocese of Glasgow, came to Scotland in 1890 and was ordained in 1895. Thereafter he served as a curate in St. Patrick's, Dumbarton, and St. John's, Barrhead, before being appointed as parish priest to the recently opened mission of Whiteinch. Just at the outbreak of the First World War in August, 1914, Father Ooghe was transferred to the large parish of St. Mirin's, Paisley, where he spent the remainder of his priestly life. During the 1914-18 war Dean Ooghe devoted much of his time and energy in succouring refugees from his native Belgium, and in recognition of his work in this connection was awarded the Medaille du Roi Albert by the King of the Belgians. Dean Ooghe was a prominent member of Renfrewshire Education Authority and his name will always be associated with the foundation of St. Mirin's Academy, Paisley. Dean Ooghe died in Paisley on 22nd February, 1923. R.I.P. .