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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Human rights campaigner Mgr Denis Faul has died
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¬†Monsignor Denis Faul has died at the age of 75, following a long illness. He first came to prominence in 1969 when he spoke out against the judiciary, claiming Catholics felt judges were biased against them. While he campaigned against the ill-treatment of prisoners, he also was an outspoken critic of IRA violence. A teacher for more than 40 years, many of which were spent at St Patrick's Academy in Dungannon, Monsignor Faul was renowned for his outspoken views. He was Catholic chaplain at the Maze prison during the H-Block hunger strikes in 1980 and 1981. While he strongly opposed the fasts, he also urged the government to introduce prison reform to defuse the crisis. He was strongly critical of the Army and the RUC, while also condemning the Provisional IRA. In March 1977, Mgr Faul described the IRA campaign as spurious and directly contrary to Catholic teaching. The following statement has been issued by Archbishop SeŠn Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland: I have learned with great sadness of the death today at the Bon Secours Hospital, Dublin, of Monsignor Denis Faul, Parish Priest of Termonmaguirc (Carrickmore), Co Tyrone, after a long illness, patiently and valiantly borne. I offer my earnest condolences to his sister, brothers, nephews and nieces and to the people of Carrickmore. Today the laity, sisters, brothers, and clergy of the Archdiocese deeply mourn the death of an outstanding pastor. Denis Faul devoted his life to ministering to others, shielding them from threat or danger, advocating for those in crisis, and promoting at all times what would advance their spiritual or material wellbeing. He was passionate about the potential of education to liberate. He believed intensely in the right of parents to elect to have their children educated within the Catholic ethos. In his long school ministry, of forty years, Mgr Faul took immense interest in each student. A man of boundless energy, he often demanded of others the high standard of excellence he set for himself, but was ever gentle and understanding in a crisis, and spirited in his defence of the distressed. He respected the dignity and worth of every human being at every stage of existence, and challenged his pupils to do likewise. Denis Faul stood up for what he believed in, stood up for the distraught, no matter what their class, religion or background. With valour and hope he unstintingly gave his advice, assistance and support, never counting the cost or risk to himself. He realised clearly that justice is not a casual by-product of peace, but something anterior and fundamental to any lasting peace. His whole life was an eloquent testimony that justice requires consistent courage, and that peace must be underpinned by morality at all times. This noble and honourable pastor of ceaseless activity and generous character has now come to the end of his long and distinguished earthly journey. May he rejoice forever in the Company of all the Saints Mgr' Fauls remains will be taken to the Church of St Columcille, Carrickmore this evening for Mass, at 7pm. The Funeral Mass, takes place on Friday, in the Church of St Columcille, Carrickmore, at 12.noon, burial afterwards, in adjoining graveyard. Mgr Faul was born on 14 August 1931, and was one of seven children. His sisters Mary Mast (Illinois) and Dr. Eleanor Faul (Dundalk) predeceased him. He is survived by his bothers, Dr. Peter, Terence, and Stephen, and by his sister, Mrs Bridget McCartan. Mgr Faul was educated in St. Mary's, Dundalk from 1943 ≠ 45, and then transferred to St. Patrick's College, Armagh from 1945-49. A gifted student with a flair for the classics, the humanities and languages, Denis Faul excelled academically at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, which he attended from 1949-1956. He completed his postgraduate studies at the Gregorian University in Rome, in 1958, graduating with a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. His first diocesan appointment was as a professor in St. Patrick's Boys' Academy, Dungannon, on 1 January 1958, where he taught a range of subjects. In 1983, he became President of the Academy, and oversaw the continued expansion of the school with the introduction of new subjects in information technology, the sciences, languages, sport and the arts. The late Pope John Paul II created Fr Faul a Prelate of Honour of His Holiness, (with the title of Monsignor), on 21 April 1995. On his retirement as President of St Patrick's Academy, Monsignor Faul was appointed Parish Priest of the Parish of Termonmaguirc (Carrickmore), Co. Tyrone, in September 1998, an appointment he held until his death. Source: Irish Media Office/BBC
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