Rev Bernard Ratlidge
23rd February 2018
Fr Bernard Ratlidge died in the early hours of Monday 29th January aged eighty-one and in the forty-fourth year of his priesthood.
He was born on 10th May 1936 and as a young man tried his vocation with the Benedictines. He was later accepted as a seminarian for the Leeds diocese by Bishop Wheeler and went to the Beda College in Rome to study for the priesthood. He was ordained at St Anne’s, Keighley on 6th April 1974 and it was there that he started his priestly ministry in the diocese.
Fr Ratlidge left Keighley in 1978 to become assistant priest at St Francis of Assisi parish in Morley. Ten years later Bishop Konstant appointed him as Parish Priest of St Peter’s, Belle Isle in South Leeds. In 1994 he became Parish Priest of St Ignatius, Ossett. Fr Ratlidge retired in 2005 when he chose to remain living in Ossett and it was here that he died after a period of declining health. He was visited at home by Bishop Stock shortly before he died.
Fr Ratlidge was a devoted priest and a deeply spiritual man, with a great devotion to Our Lady, who always retained something of the Benedictine monk about him. He was kind and compassionate and known to possess a lively sense of fun and as a warm and generous host.
The details of Fr Bernard Ratlidge’s funeral arrangements are as follows:
Fr Ratlidge will be received into St Ignatius Church, Storrs Hill Road, Ossett, WF5 0DQ on Thursday 22nd February at 7pm followed by Mass.
Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Ignatius’ on Friday 23rd February at 12.00 noon followed by cremation at Crigglestone Crematorium at 1.40pm
May he rest in peace.