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

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

Rev Fr Canice McGinn RIP

It is with great sadness that the Diocese announces the death of Rev Fr Canice McGinn, Parish Priest of St Matthew’s, Bradford, who died peacefully on Wednesday, 22 May 2019.

Please pray for the repose of Fr Canice’s soul and remember his family and friends in your prayers at this time.

Details of the funeral arrangements:

Tuesday 11th June 7.00pm.

Reception of Fr McGinn’s body into St Matthew’s Church, Saffron Drive, Allerton, Bradford, BD15 7NQ followed by Mass.

Wednesday 12th June 12.00 noon.

Funeral Mass, St Matthew’s Church, Saffron Drive, Allerton, Bradford, BD15 7NQ. Private burial to follow the Funeral Mass.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Fr Canice McGinn was born in Ireland, in the city of Waterford, on 13 May 1941. He studied for the priesthood at St John’s College, Waterford and was ordained at the city’s Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity on 14 June 1964.

His first appointment in the Diocese, in August 1964, was as an assistant priest in the parish of St Paulinus, Dewsbury. Two years later he transferred to Christ the King parish at Bramley, in West Leeds, where he remained until 1975. In that year he was appointed as assistant at St Mary’s, Halifax.

In 1978 Fr McGinn became the Parish Priest of St Theresa’s, Queensbury. He moved to St Peter’s, Leeds in 1983 and then to St Gregory’s, Leeds at the beginning of 1988. In 1992 he became the Parish Priest of St Matthew’s at Allerton in Bradford and he was still in this role at the time of his death.

Fr McGinn was due to retire later this year and had chosen to remain living in Allerton, among the people he had come to know so well during the past twenty-seven years. Sadly, this was not to be and his death will be a cause of great sorrow to the parishioners of St Matthew’s and the community of St Matthew’s Primary School. They, like many others elsewhere in the Diocese, recognised in Fr McGinn a profoundly pastoral priest who cared deeply for his parishioners’ well-being. In return they held him in great affection and they will greatly miss his presence alongside them. In his ministry Fr McGinn also epitomised the pastoral qualities that so many Irish-born priests have brought to parish life over the years and in that sense he was part of a long and proud tradition in the Diocese of Leeds.

May He Rest in Peace.