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Friday, March 24, 2017
Canon Peter Bourne dies
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 Canon Peter Bourne, who was Director of the Catholic Radio and Television Centre at Hatch End from 1984 to 1990, has died, the Catholic Media Office announced on Friday. He was 78. In the CMO press statement, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, said: "He was a good and faithful servant and an outstanding priest of the Diocese of Westminster over 45 years." Bishop Crispian Hollis, chairman of the bishops' Communications Committee from 1989 to 1999 and a close associate of Canon Bourne, said: "I was very sorry to hear of Canon Peter's death. I knew him best during the time when he was Director of the Catholic Radio and Television Centre." He said: " It was his unenviable task in 1990 to effect the transition from the residential centre at Hatch End to what we now know as the Catholic Communications Centre in London. He achieved this and the subsequent disposal of the buildings and plant at Hatch End with great skill, retaining throughout the good will of all who were involved in what was a painful process. He maintained great cheerfulness throughout, together with common sense and sheer goodness. Catholic media work in England and Wales owes him a great debt." Peter John Bourne was born on 29 August 1922 in Sydney, Australia, the only child of William Edward Bourne and Beatrice Mary née Ryall. His first school was at Edgecliffe in Sydne. He was then educated at Ealing Priory School and at Downside in Somerset. In the Second World War he served in the Royal Corps of Signals, where he reached the rank of Captain. Nearly all his service was in the Middle East and he was responsible for internal communications at the summit conference of war leaders at Teheran in 1942. After the war he read Physics at Oxford before entering the Venerable English College, Rome, in 1950 to study for the priesthood for Westminster diocese. Peter Bourne was ordained priest in 1956. The following year he joined the staff of St Edmund's College, Ware, and from 1963, he also lectured at the Westminster diocesan seminary, Allen Hall. In 1971 he was appointed to Finchley Catholic Grammar School, and in 1974 he took charge of the newly founded Pastoral Centre at London Colney, where he spent six years developing it as a conference and retreat centre. In 1980 he became the Director of the Westminster Religious Education Centre, and at the same time was appointed full-time organiser of the papal Mass at Wembley Stadium for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Britain in 1982. In 1984, Canon Bourne was appointed Director of the Catholic Radio and Television Centre, the national communications and media training centre, the trustees of which were the Catholic Archbishops of England, Scotland and Wales. From 1990 until his retirement in 1997, Canon Bourne was parish priest of St Anthony of Padua, Radlett, Hertfordshire, and then moved to St Anselm's parish in Southall, Middlesex. He died on 21 February 2001. Among his hobbies and interests were climbing, sailing, flying, motor mechanics and painting. (To see the latest news from the Catholic Media Office. visit their website 'Catholic Church in England and Wales' through our links pages.)
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