Obituaries & Tributes

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

Ireland: Bishop Seamus Hegarty has died

Bishop Seamus Hegarty

The Diocese of Derry has announced the death of Seamus Hegarty, Bishop Emeritus of Derry and former Bishop of Raphoe, who died after an illness in Letterkenny University Hospital, Co Donegal.

Séamus Hegarty born 26 January 1940 in Kilcar, Co Donegal. He received his early education in Kilcar National School, Saint Eunan's College, Letterkenny, and Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth, which...

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Memorial Mass for Robert Nowell

Robert Nowell, former assistant editor of The Tablet and editor of Herder Correspondence, died on 29 July and was buried at Cockfosters in a simple ceremony.

Some of his friends have arranged a Eucharist in memory of him to be held at St Joseph's Bunhill Row, 15 Lamb's Passage, EC1Y 5LE at 12 noon on Monday 30 September. The presider will be Fr David Ardagh Walter, who had been his parish...

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Cardinal Roger Etchegaray has died

Cardinal Etchegaray - wiki image

Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, died on 4 September, in Cambo-les-Bains, France. He was 96 years old.

In a telegram to Bishop Marc Aillet of Bayonne, Lescar and Oloron, Pope Francis expressed his deep condolences and union in prayer at the news. He noted that Cardinal Etchegaray "profoundly marked the way of the Church in France and of the universal Church." "From Bayonne, his native diocese, ...

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Obituary: Elizabeth Kennelly

Elizabeth and Ed

She lived her life through small acts of kindness and love.

Elizabeth Kennelly 1920-2019

Without a doubt the Regan family are one of the most remarkable families I have ever known; Babe, Nora, Kit, Anne, Bridget, Winnie, Pak, John and Mum, plus Margaret who died at a very young age. They were strong, resilient, determined and passionate people who were a...

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London: Parish prays for Nora Quoirin

A vigil of prayer and reflection took place on Wednesday evening at St Bede's Church in Balham, south London, for Nora Quoirin and her parents, after the news of her death during a family holiday in Malaysia. A huge search took place after Nora, aged 15, went missing from her room on 4 August. Her body was found on Tuesday.

The Quoiron family were regular parishioners at St Bede's. Parish...

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Journalist and author Robert Nowell has died

Robert Nowell

Robert Alexander Nowell 2 October 1931- 29 July 2019

The distinguished Catholic journalist Robert Nowell who has died aged 87 from cancer, enjoyed a long and varied career. Although he specialised in religious affairs and theology he relished any opportunity to tackle other subjects like music, poetry and travel.

After a childhood in Wimbledon and Cornwall he was just seventeen when...

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Cuba: Pope sends condolence for death of Cardinal Ortega

Cardinal Ortega

Cuban Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, the former Archbishop of Havana, died on Friday. He was 82.

Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis, asking Archbishop Juan de la Caridad García Rodríguez of Havana to convey the Holy Father's condolences and paternal closeness to the relatives, clergy and faithful of the archdiocese who ...

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Birmingham: Mgr Louis McRaye has died

Mgr Louis McRaye

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.


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Scotland: Bishop Joseph Devine has died

Bishop Joseph Devine

Tributes have been paid to Bishop Joseph Devine, former Bishop of Motherwell, who died on Thursday 23 May at Wishaw general Hospital, aged 82.

Bishop Hugh Gilbert, President of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland said: "On behalf of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland I would like to offer Bishop Devine's family our deepest and most prayerful sympathies. During his active years as a bisho...

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Watch: Funeral of Jean Vanier

The Requiem Mass of Jean Vanier took place this afternoon. A note on the L'Arche International website reads:

"Jean Vanier wanted a simple funeral, celebrated in the privacy of his community of Trosly-Breuil.

Respect for his wishes and complex logistical issues prevent us from welcoming all those who would like to attend the ceremony. To ensure that, as many people as possible, in...

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Nigeria: Missionary Sister Dr Leonie McSweeney has died

edical Missionaries of Mary (MMM) in Ireland and in Nigeria are mourning the passing of their colleague, Sr Dr Leonie McSweeney, after a short illness. S. Leonie was born in Waterford and educated in Dublin. She joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1951 after working as a secretary. She qualified as a medical doctor in UCD in 1959, and a year later was assigned to Nigeria where she spent ...

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Jean Vanier has died

Jean Vanier in 1915

Jean Vanier died this morning. L'Arche announced on their website:

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jean Vanier, our founder. Jean died on the 7 May in the Maison Médicale Jeanne Garnier in Paris.

"Jean has left an extraordinary legacy," said L'Arche International Leader Stephan Posner. "His Community of Trosly, the Communities of L'Arche, Faith and ...

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Archbishop's address at funeral of Celtic football legend

Billy McNeill - Wiki image 1982 -  Dutch National Archive

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia delivered the following Homily today, at the Funeral Mass of Scottish football legend, Billy McNeil, at St Aloysius' church, Garnethill, Glasgow,

1. My dear brothers and sisters, we gather here at St Aloysius' Church in Garnethill, Glasgow, to offer this Funeral Mass in thanksgiving to God for the life of Billy McNeill and for the happy repose of...

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Birmingham: Sister of Mercy struck down by car

Sister Ita Keane, 74, a Sister of Mercy from St Mary's Convent in Hunters Hill, Handsworth, died hours after being hit by a black BMW on Friday afternoon as she crossed a road.

St Mary's Kinnoull Monastery and Retreat centre, in Perth posted on their Facebook page: "Please pray for the repose of Sr Ita Keane, a Sister of Mercy who died tragically in a car accident. Ita was a participant o...

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