Obituaries & Tributes

Obituaries and tributes of people who are Catholic or who have a strong connection with the Catholic Church.


Poland: Calls for unity at Mayor of Gdansk's funeral

Pawel Adamowicz - image FB

Many thousands of people have paid tribute to murdered Polish mayor Pawel Adamowicz, in vigils across Poland. On Friday his body lay in state at Gdańsk's European Solidarity Centre. Banners with giant photographs of Adamowicz were hung on many buildings through the city. On Saturday, 3,500 mourners gathered inside St Mary's Basilica for his funeral while an estimated 45,000 watched the service...

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Fr Owen Hardwicke RIP + UPDATE with service details

Fr Owen Hardwicke, retired priest of Wrexham Diocese, died on 7 January after a short illness. His niece Mary Chabrel said: "He was in hospital from 25th December til he died in his sleep on 7th January. I think the fact that the friends at his bedside were former parishioners speaks volumes." Fr Owen was 94. An author and passionate campaigner for human rights, he worked throughout his life...

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Fr Charlie Currie SJ: Ignatian family loses a giant for social justice

Fr Charles Currie

Fr Charlie Currie SJ, a founding board member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network and co-catalyst of the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, passed away January 4, 2019, at the age of 88, the Ignatian Solidarity blog reports. November 16, 1989, is a day that would alter Fr Currie's path for the rest of his Jesuit ministry. Currie had just returned from a trip to...

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Ampleforth: Fr Dominic Milroy has died

Fr Dominic Milroy in 2009

Fr Dominic Milroy OSB, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in York Hospital on 1 January 2019, at the age of 86. He had been a monk for nearly seventy years, and had served as Headmaster of Ampleforth College from 1980-1992.

He was born in Swanage in April 1932 and educated at Ampleforth College. He then joined the monastic community...

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Sr Wendy Beckett - a life in letters

A journalist has disclosed her correspondence with Sr Wendy Beckett stretching back over many years. In the letters, Sr Wendy, who died on Boxing Day at the age of 88, talked about the nature of beauty, her childhood desire to be a nun above all else and her feelings about declining vocations to religious life. Freelance journalist, Sarah Mac Donald, revealed the existence of the le...

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Sister Elizabeth Kelly RIP

Sister Elizabeth Kelly

Tributes have been paid to a former Denbigh school headteacher who has sadly died after a short illness. Sister Elizabeth Kelly, teacher and headteacher at St Brigid's School for 42 years until retiring in 2004, died aged 79 on December 11.

Sister Elizabeth, known fondly by generations of pupils as Sister Liz, was a popular figure in Denbigh and has been described by colleagues as the "st...

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Sr Wendy Beckett has died + video

The much-loved art critic, popular writer and hermit, Sister Wendy Beckett, died at 2.30 this afternoon at the Carmelite Monastery in Quidenham. She was 88 years old.

Sr Wendy was born in South Africa, and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, where her father studied medicine. In 1946, she entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and was sent to England where she completed her novitiate and ...

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Ampleforth: Fr Aidan Gilman RIP

Ampleforth: Fr Aidan Gilman

Ampleforth: Fr Aidan Gilman, Monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully at 1.27 on Saturday morning, 15th December 2018. He was 91 years old and has lived 72 years in monastic life, and 61 years a priest. May he rest in peace.

Fr Aidan's body will be received into the Abbey Church at 6pm on Wednesday 19 December, followed by Vespers for the Dead at 8.15pm.

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Ged Clapson RIP

Ged Clapson

Ged Clapson, broadcaster, journalist, writer, media trainer, amateur actor, singer and good friend to many, died at home yesterday, 21st November 2018. He had been living with cancer for several years.

Born on 20 March 1955 in Bristol, for 15 years, Ged worked there as a radio producer and presenter with the BBC.

For the next 25 years or so, Ged branched out, training others in comm...

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Denise Rigden RIP

Eddie and Denise

St Mildred's Church in Canterbury was packed full for a celebration of the life of a great friend of mine, Denise Rigden. And in honour of a woman who almost every day wore party dresses, fancy shoes and a flower in her hair, the invitation had been for us to dress as if coming to a wedding. Denise was a local woman, born in Whitstable in 1947, and her beloved family were there at th...

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Mgr Paul Watson RIP

The Archdiocese of Birmingham is sad to announce the death of Monsignor Paul Watson, parish priest of St Benedict's in Atherstone, Warwickshire and the Director of the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham from 2000-2012, who died on Tuesday 16 October 2018, aged 69. Mgr Paul was the second director of Maryvale Institute, the internationally acclaimed distance-learning centre in the Catholi...

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Requiem Mass for Kathleen Griffin + VIDEO

A Requiem Mass for Kathleen Griffin - much-loved broadcaster, journalist and author - one of the founding members of Catholic Voices, took place on Monday, 1 October, at the Holy Apostles church in Pimlico, London. The celebrants were Canon Pat Browne, Canon Robert Plourde, Fr Stephan Wang, Fr Paul Keane, Fr Robert McCabe and Fr David Sullivan. Tim Salmon read the eulogy written by Ian Peacock,...

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Kathleen Griffin RIP

Kathleen Griffin

We are sorry to announce the death from cancer of Kathleen Griffin, one of the three founding members of Catholic Voices, who will be remembered with great fondness by the dozens of people she trained in media interview and public speaking skills.

She died surrounded by her family and was given the last rites by her parish priest, Canon Pat Browne, and the Catholic Voices chaplain, Fr Ste...

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Obituary - Celia Brigstocke

Celia Brigstocke died on Thursday 16th August 2018 aged 63 from a perforated bowel and brain cancer.

Celia was the driving force behind the John Bradburne Memorial Society (JBMS), which she founded with the late John Reid in 1996 in memory of her Uncle John, who was the late warden of Mutemwa Leprosy and Care Settlement in Zimbabwe.

Celia had a classic middle-class upbringing. Her ...

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