The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Cathedral Mass for Our Deceased Bishops and Clergy

For you my soul is thirsting, O God, my God

On Friday 19 November Bishop Marcus led a concelebrated Memorial Mass at Leeds Cathedral for the deceased bishops, priests and deacons of the Diocese. This annual event had to be cancelled in November 2020 owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions on public worship in place at the time.

With the Bishop on the Sanctuary were the Provost and Canons of the Cathedral Chapter, one of whom, Canon John Galvin preached the homily.

Canon Galvin, Parish Priest of St William of York, Morley, reminded the congregation of the ancient tradition in the Church of remembering the dead, and offering prayers for the repose of their souls. He went on to say how it is, perhaps, incumbent on the parishioners of today to do the same for all the clergy whose ministry in the past built up the Diocese and its parishes.

This year’s Mass was an opportunity to come together and to pray in particular for all those priests who have died since the previous Memorial Mass in November 2019, and who are named below:


Mgr Anthony Boylan RIP

Died on 20 November 2019.

Mgr John Dunne RIP

Died on 25 January 2020.

 Fr Anthony Pearson RIP

Died on 29 April 2020.

Fr David Drake-Brockman RIP

Died on 9 May 2020.

Fr Michael Sullivan RIP

Died on 21 May 2020.

Canon Philip Fitzgerald RIP

Died on 9 August 2020.

Fr Lawrence Lister RIP

Died on 6 September 2020.

Fr Jack Kennedy RIP

Died on 25 November 2020.

Fr Geoffrey Parfitt RIP

Died on 19 December 2020.

Canon Joseph Finan RIP

Died on 11 February 2021.

Canon Vincent O’Hara RIP

Died on 4 March 2021.

Fr Peter Johnson RIP

Died on 16 March 2021.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace.