Mgr Martin Hayes, Vicar General, Diocese of Westminster writes with the sad news of the death earlier this evening, 26 June, of Canon Christopher Howard Joseph Tuckwell. Canon Christopher died peacefully at the Royal Trinity Hospice, Clapham where he received end of life care in recent days. The visit yesterday of Cardinal Vincent surely gave Christopher much consolation as he prepared for God's embrace.
Canon Christopher was born in Kingston upon Thames on 25 September 1945 and ordained as a Catholic priest on 4 December 1995 by Cardinal Basil Hume in Westminster Cathedral. Canon Christopher was the Administrator of the Cathedral until he stepped down on 13 June.
Sympathy is extended to Canon Christopher's family and friends, and to the clergy and parishioners of the Cathedral parish and his former parishes in the Diocese, and to those among whom he ministered as an Anglican priest and to those with whom he served while an officer in the army.
Canon Christopher was a member of the Deceased Clergy Association. The Funeral Mass will take place in accordance with the protocols necessary due to the coronavirus pandemic. An obituary will be circulated in due course.
We pray for the repose of Canon Christopher's soul:
Lord Jesus, our Redeemer,
you willingly gave yourself up to death so that all people might be saved and pass from death into a new life.
Listen to our prayers, look with love on your people who mourn and pray for Canon Christopher.
Lord Jesus, holy and compassionate, forgive his sins.
By dying you opened the gates of life for those who believe in you.
Do not let our brother be parted from you, but by your glorious power give him light, joy and peace in heaven
where you live for ever and ever.
May the soul of this faithful priest rest in peace. Amen.
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