Fr Knox’s lasting legacy
This morning, I received the very sad news that Fr Knolly Knox CSSp, of St Mary’s College, died on Sunday night.
Since receiving the sad news of his death, I have recalled and relived many wonderful memories of Fr Knox and the enormous impact he has had on my life, academically and spiritually. There can be no doubt, I am sure, there are many others who feel the same.
His influence on me made such a lasting impression that as I sit here, many miles away from Trinidad and Tobago, trying to find the right words to express the emotion I feel, my vision is blurred by my tears. I am saddened by his death but I also have a deep sense of gratitude for the good fortune and privilege to have had Fr Knox as a teacher.
It was nearly 60 years ago that I, as a young teenager, met Fr Knox at the start of the school term at St Mary’s College. He entered the Physics classroom to teach a subject that I had, until then, found to be difficult. By the end of the first week, my attitude towards physics had changed. But that was not the only change. I now discovered I studied all of my other class subjects with passion and discovered I now had the desire to be the best that I could achieve. That was the kind of effect Fr Knox had on his pupils who cared to listen to what he was saying.
Later, I joined a small group led by Fr Knox called the Sacred Heart Society. Our meetings were not long, but under the guidance of Fr Knox, I developed a greater understanding of the teachings of the Catholic Church. He also stressed the importance of such qualities as discipline, integrity and truthfulness.
For this, I thank him.
Many years later,
Fr Knox was assigned as parish priest to the church I attended. I now looked forward to his weekly homilies, and sometimes, as I listened to him, my happy memories of those earlier years and the nostalgia, brought tears to my eyes.
Two years ago, Fr Knox celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination as a priest. I visited him to congratulate him and, again, to thank him for the lasting effect and impact he had on my life. Now, I regret not having done so again.
Fr Knolly Knox of the Holy Ghost Fathers dedicated his entire life to teaching.
Fr Knolly Knox CSSp, a truly holy and unique man who, without doubt, and very quietly, made an immense and immeasurable contribution to our nation.
May God grant him eternal peace.