Obituaries & Tributes


Church leaders pay tribute to Rev Billy Graham

Image: Library of Congress

Church leaders have begun paying tribute to the American evangelist Rev Billy Graham, who died on Wednesday, aged 99, at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.

In a career spanning more than 60 years, he preached to tens of millions of people either in person or via TV and satellite links. Graham was a spiritual adviser to American presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama. He insisted...

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Pakistan: Brave human rights campaigner Asma Jehangir has died

When I was told of the death of Asma Jehangir I thought that she may have been assassinated. On February 11th she collapsed while on a telephone call and died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage. She has left behind her husband, two daughters and a son.

Born in 1952 into a Muslim family and raised in Lahore, Asma attended the Convent School of Jesus and Mary. Later she received her bachelors'...

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Homily text: Mgr Keith Barltrop at Funeral Mass for Brian Armstrong

Mgr Keith Barltrop gave the following homily at the Funeral Mass of Brian Armstrong on 16 February at Farm Street Church.

On 30 April 1999 a young neo-Nazi, who it turned out had already carried out two race hate crimes in London, and who is now safely under lock and key in Broadmoor until at least 2049, planted a nail bomb in the Admiral Duncan pub not far away from here in Soho...

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Tributes to Brian Armstrong RIP

Brian Armstrong

The Funeral Mass of Brian Armstrong (26 April 1944 - 26 January 2018) took place today at Farm Street Church, Mayfair, London. These were among the tributes read during the service.

How to describe Brian? A Baptist Catholic or Catholic Baptist, maybe just Fully Christian? The Spirit moves in wondrous ways, so that even today that Baptist element is here in his funeral celebration...

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Actor John Mahoney RIP

John Mahoney (top right)  with cast of Frasier

The much-loved film, stage and TV actor John Mahoney died in Chicago last Sunday after a long illness. He was 77. His Catholic faith was at the centre of his life and work.

Born in Blackpool, England, in 1940, the seventh of eight children, Mahoney emigrated to America as a young man, sponsored by his sister who had married an American sailor. He served in the army, went to university, wh...

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Family tributes to Olive O'Keefe

Olive with her niece Marian

Julia Forsythe writes: My first cousin Olive died in Cork City, Ireland on the 23rd January 2018 at the age of 62. She was born with Down's Syndrome. Her mother Lil, my Aunt whose maiden name was O'Connor and hailed from the Northside of the City, was the youngest of seven girls. My own mother Hannah was the second eldest and died young leaving four girls and one boy. As we grew up Lil...

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Tribute: Father Tom Hewitt MSC

Fr Tom Hewitt MSC

A huge congregation gathered at SS Alban & Stephen Catholic Church in St Albans on Wednesday, 24 January, for the funeral of Father Tom Hewitt MSC who died after a short illness on 4 January.

Born in Rugby, in 1946, Fr Tom was inspired by the values of his family, a strong faith, a firm belief in all that is good in the English tradition, and a special love for the game that is named afte...

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Pedro Ballester: 'An athlete along the track of love'

A large crowd joined Archbishop Arthur Roche and thirty concelebrating priests for the funeral of a young man who followed Christ heroically in a three-year battle with cancer. "When Pedrito committed himself as a celibate lay member of Opus Dei, with that generosity which is so characteristic of youth, he could not have known how the Lord would call him to follow in His steps even t...

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Ireland: Dolores O'Riordan laid to rest

Hundreds of mourners gathered outside Saint Ailbe's Church, Ballybricken, Co Limerick, this morning, to hear the Funeral Mass of Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan, broadcast on loudspeakers. Canon Liam McNamara, a family friend, was chief celebrant with Fr James Walton Parish Priest, Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly and Archbishop Emeritus Dermot Clifford. Dolores' mot...

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Ireland: Thousands mourn Dolores O'Riordan - funeral to be broadcast

Dolores with Luciano Pavarotti at benefit for children of Bosnia 1995.  They sang Ave Maria - Wiki

Thousands of Cranberries fans paid their last respects to Dolores O'Riordan as she lay in state at St Joseph's Church in Limerick yesterday. For four hours, mourners passed her open coffin in the church, while Cranberries songs were softly played. A bouquet of flowers from the band carried the lyrics from the band's hit song Linger, that read: "The song has ended, but the memories linger on."

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Tribute to Witold Tulasiewicz

Witold Tulasiewicz

My father, who died aged 94 on 6 December 2017, was born in Berlin to Halina and Edward. My grandmother was from a Polish family who due to the partitions of Poland had ended up in Prussia - together with her sister Sophia she had studied music at the Stern Conservatory and was an accomplished pianist.

My grandfather hailed from the other side of Poland - one of nine children from the s...

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Obituary - Father Bill Kirkpatrick

Fr Bill Kirkpatrick, a non-stipendiary Anglican priest, died on 4 January 2018 after living with dementia for ten years, an end, which he had dreaded, to an extraordinary life.

Canadian-born, his early years were considerably vulnerable, barely knowing who he was. A month old, he was placed in a private orphanage, taking its name as his surname. He left school aged 15 and worked in an eld...

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Parishioners pay tribute to Bronwen Astor

Bronwen (back row, 2nd right, - with Holy Apostles pilgrimage to Rome about 2000 -  image: ICN

Parishioners from her last parish in London have been paying tribute to Janet Bronwen Alun Astor, Lady Astor, who died on 28 December 2017.

The most celebrated model of her generation, Bronwen was muse to the Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain, who said she was one of the most beautiful women in the world. She retired from modelling when she married Viscount Astor in 1960 and became chatel...

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Ampleforth: Fr Francis Dobson has died

Fr Francis Dobson OSB

Fr Francis Dobson OSB, Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in the monastery infirmary at Ampleforth on 9 January 2018, at the age of 78.

He was born in Newark, in Nottinghamshire, in May 1939, and was educated at Gilling and Ampleforth. He worked in the family textile business before qualifying as an accountant; he worked in Nottingham and then for Price Waterhouse (now ...

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