Sr Moira Geary FMSJ  R.I.P.
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Sr Moira Geary FMSJ R.I.P.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Moira Geary, FMSJ who died peacefully at our convent in Blackburn on 7 June 2021. Moira Geary was born on 18th January 1932, the eldest child of  Thomas and Gertrude Geary in Glasgow.  She is predeceased by her brother, Brian, and her Sister, Patricia.  Leaving…

Sr Isabel Kelly FMSJ Obituary
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Sr Isabel Kelly FMSJ Obituary

Your prayers requested for the repose of the soul of Sister Isabel Kelly who died at Franciscan Convent, Blackburn on 28th May 2021 Isabel Kelly was born on 31st January 1934, the eldest of four daughters  of Winifred and William Kelly in Milngarvie, Dumbarton, Scotland.  She is predeceased by her sisters Molly and Helen and…

Brunei: Cardinal Cornelius Sim R.I.P.
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Brunei: Cardinal Cornelius Sim R.I.P.

It is a sad day for Christians in Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore following the death of His Eminence, Cornelius Cardinal Sim, Cardinal of the Apostolic Vicariate of Brunei today, Saturday, May 29th 2021, of cardiac arrest. The Cardinal has been undergoing treatment since he was diagnosed with Melanoma (apparently one of the most serious of…

Sr Isabel Kelly FMSJ Has Died.  R.I.P.
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Sr Isabel Kelly FMSJ Has Died. R.I.P.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Isabel Kelly , FMSJ who died today, 28 May 2021. Obituary will follow. DYING?  WHAT IS DYING? WE SHALL NEVER KNOWUNTIL IT IS  OUR TIME TO GO. IT’S LETTING GOOF EVERY SINGLE THING WE KNOW. IT’S LEAVING THOSE ON EARTH WE LOVETO MEET UP AGAIN…

Sr Beatrice Wild FMSJ Has Died.  R.I.P.
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Sr Beatrice Wild FMSJ Has Died. R.I.P.

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of SISTER BEATRICE WILD Who died on Sunday23rd May 2021 in Royal Blackburn Hospital Hannah Wild was born on 2nd December 1925 in Hartlepool, Co.Durham, the second child to her parents John and Eliza Wild. She became a postulant in Altrincham on 30th May 1956…

Sr Cecilia Mary Birdwhistle FMSJ Has Died.  R.I.P
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Sr Cecilia Mary Birdwhistle FMSJ Has Died. R.I.P

Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of  SISTER CECILIA MARY BIRDWHISTLE who died at the Royal Blackburn Hospital on Wednesday 19th May 2021 Grace Cecilia was born in the Wirral to Edwin and Grace Birdwhistle on 8th October 1922. She is predeceased by her Sister Maud, who was an FCJ Sister,…

Remembering Fr. Tom Rafferty MHM
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Remembering Fr. Tom Rafferty MHM

The following article in St Joseph’s Advocate Ireland appeared in the Spring 2020 Issue on the occasion of Fr Thomas Raffery’s golden jubilee. Fr. Tom Rafferty is from Milltown, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. He was ordained in 1970 at St. Patrick’s Church, Donaghmore – his home parish church. Fr. Tom has spent 50 years in Pakistan,…

DR Congo: Bokakata and Mill Hill
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DR Congo: Bokakata and Mill Hill

Bokakata and Mill Hill. Consternation! The unexpected death of a missionary in the prime of his pastoral activity is disturbing, esp Consternation! The unexpected death of a missionary in the prime of his pastoral activity is disturbing, especially when he is the leader of a small team in challenging circumstances. It is really distressing for…

Rawalpindi, Pakistan: Funeral Fr. Tom Rafferty MHM – Missionary with an Eye for the Most Abandoned
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Rawalpindi, Pakistan: Funeral Fr. Tom Rafferty MHM – Missionary with an Eye for the Most Abandoned

n 1987, the late Simeon Pereira of Islamabad-Rawalpindi permitted Father Rafferty to start the mission in the foothills of the Himalayas, especially through the Swat valley and the Karakoram mountains. The tribal areas of the north are predominantly inhabited by Pashtun who identify themselves with members of the same tribe across the border in Afghanistan. “He felt…

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Father Tom Rafferty Has Died. R.I.P.

It is with regret that we inform you of the death on the 9th day morning of May, 2021 in Nowshera, Pakistan aged 75 of Father Thomas Bernard Rafferty Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Tom was born on the 8th of June, 1945 in Ashbourne, Co. Meath in Ireland. He received the…

Fr Otto Bambokela MHM has Died.  R.I.P.
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Fr Otto Bambokela MHM has Died. R.I.P.

It is with regret that we announce the death on the morning of 27 April at Basankusu, DR Congo , aged 51, of Father Otto Bambokela Mill Hill Missionary May he rest in peace Otto was born on the third of May, 1969 in the village of Lifengo in Basankusu Diocese in the Democratic Republic…

Kampala, Uganda: Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga Dies Suddenly
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Kampala, Uganda: Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga Dies Suddenly

“With deep sorrow, I hereby inform you that our beloved Shepherd, the Archibishop of Kampala Archdiocese, His Grace Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has been called to the House of the Lord. The Archbishop was found dead in his room this morning. We pray that the Almighty and Merciful God may grant him eternal rest,” said…