Please join Archbishop Bernard Longley in giving thanks to God for the long and fulfilled life of Mgr Louis McRaye, priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, who has died at the age of 104.
Born in 1915 and an accomplished academic in the fields of English and Law, he was ordained a priest in 1962, then on the staff of Grove Park, a pre-seminary Formation House near Warwick until 1966.
The contribution of his 57 years of priestly ministry will be remembered most as Catholic Chaplain to the University of Warwick (1966-83) and Spiritual Director at St Mary's College, Oscott (1983-94).
As the Church prepares for the Canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman, Mgr McRaye was a dedicated friend and supporter of the work of the Newman Association, generously giving of his time to educate the laity.
In retirement, he lived and worked at Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Shirley (1994-2012) until he moved to St Joseph's Home, Harborne, Birmingham, in the Care of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
May he rest in peace after his long life in the Lord's service.
Reception of the Body and Evening Prayer (no Mass) will be at Our Lady of the Wayside, 566 Stratford Road, Shirley, B90 4AY.
On Sunday, 28th July 2019 at 7pm.
The Funeral Mass will be at St Chad's Cathedral, St Chad's Queensway, Birmingham B4 6EU.
On Monday, 29th July 2019 at 12 noon.
Clergy are asked to bring alb and purple stole.
Buffet to be served in the Grimshaw Room after the Funeral Mass.
Burial at Oscott at 3pm.
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