Independent Catholic News logo Welcome Visitor
Monday, March 2, 2015
Displaying Articles 1 - 25 of 259
Prev - Next
Fr John Seddon, a great friend of seafarers, has died
Fr John Seddon, a great friend of seafarers, has died

John Green, Director of the Apostleship of the Sea, writes: It is with great sadness that the Apostleship of the Sea has heard of the death on 27th February of Fr John Seddon, a cruise chaplain with the Apostleship of the Sea for more than two decades. Before being ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Liverpool, Father John worked for the Inland Revenue and was in the Royal Navy Reserve. He became AoS port chaplain to Liverpool in 1989 and undertook his first cruise the following year. Since then he served on more than 25 cruises, his last was 

Read More ...
Catholic editor John Short - RIP
Catholic editor John Short - RIP

John Short was an amazingly gifted communicator who used his talents as a journalist, winning the admiration and respect of his colleagues. He loved nothing better than telling a story and, whether his audience was a single listener or many thousands of readers, was an trifle to John. Born and raised in the heart of Liverpool, he was the son of a GPO technician and one of five children raised in a devout Catholic family where he inherited the gift of the gab, from Irish roots.

Read More ...
Sieger Köder RIP
Sieger Köder RIP

The German priest painter Sieger Köder has died in Ellwangen, Germany, on February 9th 2015, shortly after his 90th birthday. Trained as a silversmith and painter, Köder was a prisoner of war during World War II and became an art teacher before studying theology in Tübingen and being ordained a priest. He combined his vocation as a parish priest with his work as an artist, producing numerous paintings, altarpieces and stained glass windows for churches within and outside Germany. He continued painting long into his retirement.

Read More ...
Obituary and tributes to Abbot Bernard Waldron OSB
Obituary and tributes to Abbot Bernard Waldron OSB

Former Old Boys and teachers from Ramsgate and later Westgate-based St Augustine’s College and Abbey School turned out in numbers to honour and remember the life of Abbot Charles Bernard Waldron who died recently. His funeral took place in Chilworth Surrey, at the new home of the Community of Benedictine monks at St Augustine’s Abbey formerly in Ramsgate. “Fr Bernard” as he was known to boys and masters, was Headmaster for 30 years of the College and Abbey School from 1957 until 1987.

Read More ...
Jesuit poet Patrick Purnell has died
Jesuit poet Patrick Purnell has died

Fr Patrick Purnell SJ, whose poetry has been enjoyed by many in print and on the radio, has died at the age of 91. Over his 73 years as a Jesuit, he also made significant contributions to Religious Education in England, Scotland and Wales. Augustine Patrick Purnell was born in 1923 in Cardiff, and joined the Society of Jesus in 1941 at the age of 17. After studies at Heythrop College, Oxfordshire, he was ordained in 1955 and then spent some years teaching Latin and Maths at St Ignatius College, Stamford Hill.

Read More ...
 Death of Fr Martin Haigh, monk of Ampleforth
Death of Fr Martin Haigh, monk of Ampleforth

Fr Martin Haigh OSB, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in the monastery infirmary at Ampleforth Abbey on 31 January 2015, just over two weeks after his 93rd birthday. He will be forever associated with two special events in 1953: he sent to Sir John Hunt, leader of the Everest Expedition, a small crucifix blessed by Pope Pius XII, asking that it be placed on the summit of Mount Everest; and he started the annual Ampleforth Lourdes Pilgrimage with the then Fr Basil Hume, a pilgrimage of which he was Director until 1987.

Read More ...
Tribute to Fr Robert Kaggwa - a mighty tree has fallen
Tribute to Fr Robert Kaggwa - a mighty tree has fallen

Ealing Abbey was full to capacity for the funeral of Fr Robert Kaggwa MAf on Thursday, 29 January, 2015. He was buried at St Mary's in Kensal Rise the next day. A friend and colleague Diane Klein has written the following personal tribute: People had travelled from Uganda, the USA, Germany and many places in the UK. There were representatives from the White Fathers and White Sisters, and other religious congregations Robert had known, especially the Sacred Heart Sisters. There were a couple of busloads 

Read More ...
Westminster: Memorial Service for Jim Dobbins MP
Westminster: Memorial Service for Jim Dobbins MP

For only the second time in over 470 years, a Catholic Mass was held in St Margaret's Church, Westminster yesterday. Parliamentarians from both houses gathered for the Memorial Mass for the late Jim Dobbin, MP for Heywood and Middleton. Jim's wife Pat with members of his family and friends attended.  Bishop Terence Brain, Mgr James Cronin and Fr Kevin Tierney were on the sanctuary. Last year a similar Mass was held for the late Paul Goggins MP. Canon Pat Browne, the Roman Catholic Duty Priest for Parliament was the principal celebrant.

Read More ...
Fr Robert Kaggwa has died
Fr Robert Kaggwa has died

Many readers will be saddened to hear that Fr Robert Kaggwa MAf,  died suddenly yesterday. He had been taking medication for a heart condition but his death was sudden and unexpected. Fr Robert was Chaplain at Digby Stuart College as well as RC Chaplain to Roehampton University and Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies. Over the past two and half decades his work took him from Uganda, where he was originally from, to several countries across Europe - as a student, lecturer and researcher.

Read More ...
Rome: Mass for cricketer Phillip Hughes
Rome: Mass for cricketer Phillip Hughes

Australia’s ambassador to the Holy See, John McCarthy, has arranged for Mass to be offered in the chapel of the Venerable English College, Rome, at 6pm on Tuesday, 2 December for Phillip Hughes and his family. The Vatican Cricket XI (Saint Peter’s Cricket Club) will attend along with representatives from the Pontifical Council for Culture and supporters of the Vatican team. The Mass will be celebrated by Fr Anthony Currer, an English priest working at the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity,

Read More ...
Link: Homily for Requiem Mass of Fr Gerard W Hughes SJ by Fr  Brendan Callaghan SJ
Link: Homily for Requiem Mass of Fr Gerard W Hughes SJ by Fr Brendan Callaghan SJ

Where to start? I think Gerry would like us to begin with our own experience, right in the here and now, because at the centre of his life was his conviction that “God is in the facts, whatever my experience may be, so the facts must be kind.”And the facts of this moment of mourning are kind. We are each of here today because our lives have been touched by God through Gerry W Hughes. That much we have in common; but the particular ways in which our experience of God has been influenced by our contact with Gerry are as many as the number of us all.

Read More ...
 Middlesbrough: Father Norman Jacobson has died
Middlesbrough: Father Norman Jacobson has died

Tributes have been paid to much-loved priest, Father Norman Jacobson, who has died at the age of 67 following a lengthy period of ill health. Born in Boldon, Co Durham, on February 13 1947, Father Norman was initially ordained into the Anglican ministry and worked in parishes throughout Teesside, including St Thomas’s, Brambles Farm, St Paul’s, Thornaby, and All Saints, in Middlesbrough town centre. After entering the Roman Catholic Church, he studied at St John’s, Wonersh,

Read More ...
Zimbabwe: Bro Canisius Chishiri SJ, founder of Zambuko House, has died
Zimbabwe: Bro Canisius Chishiri SJ, founder of Zambuko House, has died

Jesuit Brother and founder of Zambuko House for street children, Brother Canisius Chishiri, died in Harare yesterday morning, 6 November. In a brief statement, Father Lawrence Daka SJ, Assistant Provincial in the Zimbabwe Jesuit Province, said: "Bro Chishiri, a member of the ZIM Province, died today 6 November 2014 aged 66 at Richartz House, Harare, Zimbabwe." A Wake Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Wayside on Sunday 9 November 2014 at 5.30pm. 

Read More ...
Fr Gerard W Hughes RIP - funeral date
Fr Gerard W Hughes RIP - funeral date

The funeral of Fr Gerry W Hughes SJ, who died on Tuesday, will take place at Farm Street Church in London at 2pm on Monday 17 November 2014, followed by burial at St Beuno's Jesuit Spirituality Centre in North Wales at 12 noon on Tuesday 18 November. Gerard William Hughes was born on 22 March 1924 in Skelmorlie, Ayrshire, and entered the Society of Jesus in 1942. After studying at Heythrop College (at that time in Oxfordshire), Skt Georgen in Frankfurt and Campion Hall, Oxford, he was ordained in 1958,

Read More ...
Ignatian spirituality family loses a giant: Tribute to Gerard W Hughes SJ
Ignatian spirituality family loses a giant: Tribute to Gerard W Hughes SJ

I never had the opportunity to meet Gerry Hughes in person, but (as I suspect is true for many), he had a profound impact on my life through his writings. As a young student in the Jesuit Catholic Chaplaincy his first book "God of Surprises" opened up to me a totally new understanding of who God is, of how to pray differently and the beginnings of the realisation that I could trust my experience. For me it was the book which unlocked something for me that has been unfolding ever since.

Read More ...
Gerard W Hughes SJ has died
Gerard W Hughes SJ has died

Gerard W Hughes SJ, died peacefully in the Jesuit nursing home in Boscombe, Bournmouth, at about 2.30pm today (Tuesday 4 November). He celebrated his 90th birthday in March this year. May he rest in peace. Fr Gerry was a much-loved priest, spiritual director, author, teacher and friend to many.  Fr Gerry's books included God of Surprises, God in All Things, Oh God Why?, and Walking with God. His last book, Cry of Wonder was published just last week.

Read More ...
Ireland: Sisters of Mercy  killed in car accident
Ireland: Sisters of Mercy killed in car accident

Two nuns from Belfast died in a car accident in Northern Ireland yesterday. Sister Frances Forde and Sister Marie Duddy were killed when the car they were travelling in collided with an unmarked police car close to Newry, Co Down. The two Sisters of Mercy were on their way to a retreat when the accident occurred. They died at the scene. Bishop Noel Treanor from the diocese of Down and Connor, said: "This sudden and shocking loss of life leaves an impact not only upon all those who have known the sisters but upon the wider community 

Read More ...
New York: Polish Catholic Auschwitz survivor dies
New York: Polish Catholic Auschwitz survivor dies

Michael Preisler, a Polish Catholic survivor of Auschwitz, died on 28 September in Richmond Hill, New York, the day before his 95th birthday. His funeral takes place tomorrow. He is survived by his children Eva, and Andrew. In 1939, Michael's entire family was evicted from their home by the Gestapo, in fulfillment of Adolph Hitler's order to his generals before they invaded Poland to “Kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of Polish descent or Polish language.”

Read More ...
Tributes to Jim Dobbin MP
Tributes to Jim Dobbin MP

Tributes have been pouring to Jim Dobbin, Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton, who died suddenly on Sunday while on a visit to Poland. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. "On behalf of the Catholic community, I express profound sorrow at the unexpected death of Jim Dobbin MP on his recent trip to Poland. I share with many a deep sense of loss at his death. "First thoughts are with his widow and family. I assure Mrs Pat Dobbin of my prayers for her beloved husband 

Read More ...
Ireland: Funeral of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds
Ireland: Funeral of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds

Hundreds of politicians, business figures and dignitaries joined family and friends at the Requiem Mass of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds today in the Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook in Dublin. President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, former British prime minister John Major, were among the mourners. The Mass was celebrated by by Fr Brian D'Arcy, a close family friend. Mr Reynolds's daughter Andrea read a reflection while his son, Philip, gave the eulogy, saying: "Few of us will ever bend the course of history, but our collective efforts can make this a better place.

Read More ...
Pope’s Evangelical friend Bishop Tony Palmer dies in accident
Pope’s Evangelical friend Bishop Tony Palmer dies in accident

Bishop Tony Palmer, the Evangelical friend of Pope Francis, who filmed a smartphone message from the Holy Father which went viral on the internet, calling on all Christians to set aside their differences, died on Sunday, 20 July in a motorcycle accident. According to a statement from The Ark Community he founded, three teams of surgeons tried to save Bishop Palmer's life but he passed away in the evening, leaving behind his wife Emiliana and two teenaged children.

Read More ...
Tribute to Nadine Gordimer
Tribute to Nadine Gordimer

Last Sunday, the 13th of July, Nadine Gordimer the Nobel winning South African novelist died. This week I have been thinking about the huge impact that her writing has had in shaping the person I am. I have read again some of her novels and been reminded of her visceral, poignant style of writing. It was in reading Nadine Gordimer as a young person 25 years ago that I came to see clearly the incredible destructive force of Apartheid. Her books are about a nation that destroys the lives of many, and yet their real genius is that they are intimate and particular.

Read More ...
The Funeral of Thérèse Vanier at Canterbury Cathedral
The Funeral of Thérèse Vanier at Canterbury Cathedral

For the second time in a week L’Arche gathered at Canterbury Cathedral. Still full of the joy of the double jubilee of L’Arche in France and the UK, we came to say goodbye to Thérèse Vanier, founder of the UK communities, here in Kent, where the seed was sown. Here was a Catholic Requiem at the beating heart of the Anglican Communion, a generous and appropriate gesture to one who was alive to the scandal of disunity, still achingly present in this Eucharist as the Very Reverend Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury, welcomed 

Read More ...
Thérèse Vanier, co-founder of L'Arche UK has died
Thérèse Vanier, co-founder of L'Arche UK has died

Thérèse Vanier, co-founder of L'Arche UK, died peacefully on Monday, 16 June, aged 91. She was the dearly loved daughter of former Canadian Governor General Georges Vanier and his wife Pauline, the sister of Benedict, Bernard, Jean and Michel. A former consultant haematologist at St Thomas's Hospital, Thérèse was the co-founder of L'Arche UK and a palliative care specialist. The Requiem Mass will take place in Canterbury Cathedral (CT1 2EH) on July 10th at 12 noon. Vigils will be held in Kent and London 

 

Read More ...
 Remembering Mike Stanley ~ One Year On
Remembering Mike Stanley ~ One Year On

This beautiful obituary was featured in the 2014 Birmingham Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage booklets. On the first anniversary of his homegoing, we remember Mike with much love and deep gratitude. Many of us have fond memories of Mike going as far back to his days with Drowsy Maggie; his time at the Diocesan Youth Centre, Soli House; Charismatic Renewal gatherings; and on stage with his wife, Yvonne in Shenanigans; and many other settings besides.

Read More ...
Displaying Articles 1 - 25 of 259
Prev - Next

Powered by Bondware
Newspaper Software | Website Builder