We have just received the following sad news:
'Fr Alan Fudge, parish priest of St Charles Borromeo, Ogle Street, London, died at three this morning at home in the parish presbytery. He was accompanied by the brothers and sisters of his community. Fr Alan had been suffering from cancer for some time. Last month Fr Alan celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. He had been parish priest at Ogle Street for over 33 years.'
A note on the parish website reads:
'At the end of May, Fr Alan wrote in the newsletter about his sickness and the operation he had had. He said that he hesitated to write about himself knowing that many of you know more about suffering, pain and illness than he did. He has certainly had his share of them in these last few months.
He also said that he needed more treatment for cancer on his lung. The treatment took the form of chemotherapy, but on Wednesday he received the news that the treatment was having little effect and it would not be continued. Palliative care - relieving the pain and treating symptoms of the disease - was all that could be offered to him.
The cancer turned out to be even more aggressive than even the doctors realised.
Fr Alan died peacefully on the morning of the 5th August. Those who have been caring for him were praying at his death. It was less than five months since he became ill.
We have much to thank God for in having had Fr Alan as Parish Priest and, as with every member of our community, we need to accompany him in prayer.
So that we can pray together as a Parish, on Sunday 7th August, there will be:
SILENT ADORATION before the BLESSED SACRAMENT after the 6pm Mass until Midnight
Alan James Fudge
Died on 5h August 2011
Forty years as a priest
Thirty-three years in this Parish
Requiescat in Pace'
We will be publishing more information soon.
St Charles Borromeo's website is at: https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/oglestreet/
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