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 the Deceased Bishops, Priests and Deacons of the Diocese

On Friday 18 November Bishop Marcus was joined by the Vicars General, Mgr Paul Fisher and Mgr Andrew Summersgill, the Canons of the Cathedral Chapter, the Dean of the Cathedral, Canon Matthew Habron and members of the diocesan clergy for a concelebrated Mass in memory of the deceased bishops, priests and deacons of the Diocese of Leeds.

The homily was preached by Canon James Callaghan who spoke about the ‘bonds of connection’ between the living and those who have ‘gone before us marked with the sign of faith’. The Mass, he said, was a thanksgiving to God for the lives and service of those who have ministered to the people of the diocese down the years, and a prayer for the repose of their souls.

A video recording of the Mass, including Canon Callaghan’s homily, is available here

The clergy who were remembered in particular on this occasion were those who had died during the past twelve months:

  • Rev Fr Barrie Holmes Died on 19 November 2021.
  • Rev Mgr John Moran Died on 27 November 2021.
  • Rev Fr Bernard Battle Died on 22 December 2021.
  • Rev Fr Michael Gallon Died on 1 March 2022.
  • Rev Fr John Gott Died on 28 March 2022.
  • Rev Deacon Edwin Murphy Died on 29 May 2022.
  • Rev Deacon Peter Crinnion Died on 16 June 2022.
  • Rev Fr Bernard Funnell Died on 8 July 2022.
  • Rev Mgr William Steele Died on 3 August 2022.

May They Rest in Peace

Earlier in the week the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales gathered in the Chapel of the Holy Family at Hinsley Hall to celebrate a special Mass for deceased bishops. The Mass took place at lunchtime on Tuesday, 15 November during the bishops’ biannual plenary meeting. The Mass was offered, and prayers were said for two bishops who have died recently.

Bishop Howard Tripp served as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Southwark from 1980-2004. He died aged 95 on Monday, 3 October 2022.
Archbishop Mario Conti was a retired Archbishop of Glasgow. He died peacefully aged 88 on Tuesday, 8 November, after a short illness.

Photographs from this Mass can be viewed here