Bishop Hugh Lindsay - RIP

 Bishop Hugh Lindsay, Bishop Emeritus of Hexham and Newcastle, died suddenly on Monday afternoon, 19 January.

Bishop Lindsay's body will be received into St Mary's Cathedral on Sunday 1 February at 6.30pm and Mass will be celebrated.
There will be a vigil of private prayer which will end with Compline at 8.30pm. Bishop Lindsay's Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 12 noon on Monday 2nd February 2009 at the Cathedral, followed by burial in the Cathedral Crypt.

Bishop Hugh Lindsay was Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle from 1974 to 1992.

Hugh Lindsay was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 20 June 1927. His primary schools were St Charles', Gosforth (1932) and (1936) St. Andrew's, Newcastle. At St Cuthbert's Grammar School from 1938 until 1943, he was with a non-Catholic family in Cockermouth when the school was evacuated there from 1939 until 1941.

He was accepted as a Church student at Ushaw in 1943. Under war-time regulations he was conscripted for military service and served in the RAF, mainly in India, from September 1945 until January 1948 when he returned to his studies at Ushaw.

Ordained priest by Bishop McCormack at St Mary's Cathedral on 19 July 1953, he was appointed to St Lawrence's, Byker, and to work at Bishop's House, which continued when he was sent to Ponteland in 1954. Bishop Cunningham appointed him diocesan secretary, resident at Bishop's House from 7 March 1959.

Pope Paul VI appointed him auxiliary bishop to the ailing Bishop Cunningham, and he was ordained bishop in St Mary's Cathedral on 11 December 1969. After Bishop Cunningham's death in July 1974, the Chapter elected him Vicar Capitular; then Pope Paul VI named him Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle on 12 December 1974. Ill-health made him resign; he was succeeded by Bishop Ambrose Griffiths on 20 March 1992. Since then, he has been chaplain to the Augustinian Sisters at Grange-over-Sands.

Source: Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle

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