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Obituaries & Tributes

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

Former Abbot of Worth Abbey, Fr Stephen Ortiger, RIP

Fr Stephen Ortiger. Image: A&B Diocese

A former Abbot of Worth Abbey and Titular Abbot of St Edmund's Abbey, Bury St Edmunds, Fr Stephen Ortiger, died on January 27, after a period of ill health. Fr Stephen, aged 83 years, former Abbot of Worth, Sussex, was widely known in Catholic circles and renowned for his wisdom and knowledge. Educated at Downside, he went on to study history at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He was active in the Ca... Read More

Prince John Zylinski RIP

"If you don't have a dream, then how are you going to make your dream come true?" goes the song. And 'Prince' John Zylinski was a man who achieved some of his dreams. His story is one of initiative, ambition, imagination, determination and honouring the memory of his forefathers. His funeral took place on the 25th January in Ealing Abbey. He had been a pupil at St Benedict's as a boy. The church w... Read More

Church leaders pays tribute to former Taoiseach John Bruton RIP

The former Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, John Bruton died at the Mater Hospital in Dublin yesterday morning, after a long illness. He was 76. His family said in statement: "He was a good husband, a good father and a true patriot. We will miss him greatly." Mr Bruton served as Taoiseach from 1994 to 1997. He was instrumental in developing the Northern Ireland peace process together with UK... Read More

Father Christopher Greaney RIP

Fr Christopher Greaney

Father Christopher Greaney, retired priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, died on Thursday 28 December 2023, at the age of 77. Fr Christopher was ordained on 29 June 1993 and served as parish priest in Norton le Moors, Kidlington and Stourport before his retirement to Leamington in 2016, where he continued to support the local parishes. Duncan McGibbon writes: "When I heard of the death of Fr C... Read More

Prince John Zylinski - RIP

The family of Prince John Zylinski have issued the following statement today: In memory of the late Prince John Zylinski 25.07.1951 - 3.01.2024. John passed away peacefully, after a short illness, on the 3rd January 2024, aged 72. He was the son of Lieutenant Andrzej Zylinski, who commanded the famous cavalry charge in September 1939, near Kaluszyn, Poland. He was the creator and patron of the Go... Read More

Tina Cascio Obituary

Tina Cascio

Tina Cascio Obituary (1931-2023) Obituaries tend to be about well known public figures but the lives of ordinary people can be just as inspiring. One of the parishioners of our South London parish, Tina Cascio, who died on 11th December, two days after her 92nd birthday, is such a person. Tina, who was christened Salvatrice (Saviour) was born in 1931 in Mussomeli in Sicily, the oldest of two girls... Read More

Bishop William Lee RIP

Bishop William Lee

Bishop William Lee, Bishop Emeritus of Waterford and Lismore died on Friday morning, 5 January. He was 82 years old. After announcing the news, Bishop Lee's successor Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, said: "Bishop Lee dedicated his life to serving the Catholic Church and the people of the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore with firm commitment and passion. As we mourn his loss, we ask for your prayers... Read More

Deacon Anthony Clark RIP

Westminster Deacon Anthony Clark died on 30 December at the Royal Free Hospital where he was receiving end of life care. Fr Paul McDermott, Parish Priest at St Edward the Confessor, Golders Green, where Anthony ministered, says that Anthony, passed away 'well prepared and peaceful' at his death. Rev Anthony Clark was born on 9th February 1945 in Somerset West, South Africa. At the age of eighteen ... Read More

Father Terry Murray RIP

Father Terry Murray OMI, parish priest of Sacred Heart Church, Quex Road, and Immaculate Heart of Mary, West Kilburn, died suddenly on 8 December. He was just 61. Fr Terry was a member of The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He served in the parish of St Teresa of the Child Jesus in Norris Green, Liverpool, throughout the 1990s. He later moved to the Our Lady Immaculate Church in Darndale, D... Read More

Ireland: Archbishop celebrates anniversary Mass for Private Sean Rooney RIP

Fr Declan Shannon, Fr Michael Hinds CF,  Archbishop Martin; Fr Paschal Hanrahan HCF,  Fr Richard Delahunty CSsR with the picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Archbishop Eamon Martin was the Chief Celebrant at the first anniversary Mass of Private Seán Rooney RIP at the Church of the Holy Family in Dundalk. Private Sean Rooney, 23, from Co Donegal, who was serving in a UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, died last year after two armoured vehicles carrying members of 121st Infantry Battalion came under fire near Sidon, around 30 miles south of Beirut. ... Read More

Funeral Mass of Shane McGowan - homily text & link

Shane McGowan at WOMAD Festival, Yokohama, Japan, 30/08/1991 Wiki image

Today, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Funeral Mass for the late Shane McGowan RIP is being celebrated at 3.30pm in Saint Mary of the Rosary Church, Nenagh, Diocese of Killaloe. The Chief Celebrant for this Mass is Father Pat Gilbert, Co-Parish Priest. See a live link to the Mass below. Fr Gilbert's homily text follows: Shane participated in Nick Cave's rendi... Read More

John Barrie KCSG FCA - an appreciation

John Barrie KCSG FCA

John Barrie KCSG FCA (1931-1923) - an appreciation John was a member of our Society for 40 years. The tidiness of this number would have appealed to John's orderly mind. John wrote a brilliant History of the Society which was published in 2019 and he introduced countless new members over the decades. His contribution was appreciated by successive Archbishops of Westminster. Anyone who had the plea... Read More

Bishop Donal McKeown pays tribute to Bishop Anthony Farquha

Bishop  Tony Farquhar

Bishop Donal McKeown gave the following tribute at the funeral Mass for Bishop Anthony J Farquhar. In October of 1958, the long reign of Pope Pius XII came to an end - and it was a surprise to many that the conclave elected the 76-year-old Pope John XXIII. It was this cheerful pontiff who unexpectedly called the Second Vatican Council. That huge gathering of bishops and others was concluded in ... Read More

The Rosalynn Carter I knew

President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter at The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA.13/01/16 Wiki Image

The world has lost a tireless campaigner for justice and peace with the passing of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, age 96. A woman of profound Christian faith, she never lost sight of the moral calling to give a voice to the world's voiceless and persecuted. Like President Kennedy, who's assassination we mark on its 60th anniversary this week, she advocated for those with mental illness decades... Read More

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