With great sadness the Diocese of Leeds announces the death of Mgr Peter Grant on 26 December 2023. Mgr Grant was ninety years of age, and died in St James’s Hospital, Leeds after a short illness.
Please pray for the repose of his soul and for his family and friends at this time.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen
Reception of Mgr Grant’s body into the Cathedral at 7pm on Tuesday 16 January followed by Mass (this Mass and also the following day’s Requiem Mass will both be livestreamed via Leeds Cathedral’s YouTube channel www.leedscathedrallive.org.uk).
Requiem Mass for Mgr Grant in the Cathedral on Wednesday 17 January at 11am followed by burial at Killingbeck Cemetery.
Mgr Peter Grant RIP
Mgr Peter Grant was born on 1 November 1933, and studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical Beda College in Rome, where he was ordained on 25 January 1967.
Fr Peter had the distinction of being ordained in the glorious surroundings of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, by Pope St Paul VI. The ordination had been planned to take place in St Peter’s Basilica but when the time came the Pope was unwell and it was decided to use the Sistine Chapel instead as it was deemed to be less draughty!
Fr Grant spent his early years of ministry in the Leeds diocese in Sheffield (then part of the diocese), first at St Marie’s in the city centre and then at St Ann’s, Deepcar. In 1972 he moved north to Saints Peter and Paul, Yeadon where he was Assistant Priest for three years until he was appointed to St Anthony’s, Beeston. In 1981 he moved to the parish of St James, Huddersfield. Fr Grant became a Parish Prist in 1987 when he was appointed to St Mary’s, Bradford.
In 1998 Fr Grant was asked to become the Private Secretary to the then Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Pablo Puente (who died in 2022). He worked at the Nunciature in Wimbledon, London from 1998 until 2003, when he returned to the Diocese of Leeds. In the same year he was appointed a Prelate of Honour by Pope St John Paul II, with the title, Monsignor.
On his return to Leeds Mgr Grant became the Parish Priest of St Paul’s at Alwoodley. He remained there until his retirement from active ministry in 2008, when he took up residence at Hinsley Court in Headingley. He was living there when he was taken ill a few days before Christmas 2023 and admitted to hospital.