In memoriam


A number of people attended the welcoming but socially-distanced event, including Fr Martin Sylvester. There were local representatives from other Christian traditions too.

Theresa showed the group three short films made by Pact. In one piece, Lewis, a former prisoner, performs his own powerful spoken word poetry.In another, two former prisoners speak movingly to each other about their experiences, how faith helped them to make a fresh start and how Pact staff and volunteers treated them: ‘They didn’t judge me. They spoke to me like a human being’.

Pact Services Manager, Lesley Ward, also attended the event and explained the life-changing work she leads covering a number of prisons and community hubs in the diocese and further afield. Lesley shared important insights into the challenges of the prison environment, particularly during the pandemic. She was able to give more information about some of the learning opportunities Pact provides, such as the parenting skills training, shown in another Pact short film. Pact works to strengthen family relationships where appropriate as this gives hope and the real potential of living a better life together in the future. Those leaving prison with strong family bonds are 39% less likely to return to crime.

The discussion led to several useful action ideas. While sharing the distressing ‘hidden sentence’ a family can live through alongside their loved one in prison, Theresa highlighted the National Prisoners’ Families Helpline which Pact provides. Fr Sylvester suggested that a poster giving details of the Freephone Helpline number ought to be in every church porch. Theresa agreed to take this forward.

Pact welcomes support from parishes and individuals. To keep in touch, if you have not already signed up to our magazine, Fresh Start, you can do so here: Sign up to Fresh Start | Prison Advice and Care Trust

There are opportunities to work as a volunteer supporting a number of Pact's services in the diocese. Pact has an established training and support programme for volunteers.

Parishes in the diocese may like to think about becoming ‘partners’ to prisons in the region where Pact has a presence. This has worked well in other areas recently. For example, parishioners have worked together to provide gift cards which prisoners can give to their children, sharing a little love and joy and strengthening family bonds this Christmas - as part of Pact's Operation Elf.

Since January 2019, a list of recently deceased clergy and Religious has been maintained at the front page of this website. As the list lengthens, it seems better that a shorter list of entries remain on the front page, but the full list be carried to this one.

For their gift of life and love to the people of our Diocese, we are eternally grateful. Eternal rest grant unto them, o Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace, Amen.


2021

* Reverend Father Isidore Clarke OP (+), priest of the community of the Dominican Fathers at the Holy Cross, Leicester (d. November the 20th)

* Reverend Father Patrick O'Doherty (+), priest of the Diocese (d. October the 1st)

* Reverend Father Hugh Doherty (+), priest of the Diocese (d. September the 25th)

* Reverend Father John Cairns (+), priest of the Diocese (d. August the 16th)

* Sister Francis Martin FSM (+), of the Franciscan Minoress community in Melton Mowbray (d. July the 18th)

* Sister Margaret Mary Herlihy PBVM (+), of the community of the Presentation Sisters at Matlock (d. July the 3rd)

* Sister Mary O'Riordan PBVM (+), of the community of the Presentations Sisters at Matlock (d. May the 30th)

* Reverend Father Anthony Colebrook (+), priest of the Diocese (d. April the 20th)

* Reverend Canon Owen O'Neill (+), priest of the Diocese (d. April the 10th)

* Reverend Father James Earley (+), priest of the Diocese (d. March the 21st)

* Sister Francesca Hohmann (+), of the community of the Poor Clares Colettine, in Bulwell (d. March the 13th)

* Sister Assumpta Mulroe PBVM (+), of the community of the Presentation Sisters at Matlock (d. February the 10th)

* The Reverend Peter Brogan (+), deacon of the Diocese (d. January the 26th)

* Brother Paul Greaves OCSO (+), of the community of Mount S. Bernard Abbey (d. January the 24th)

* Sister Bonaventure Fleming FSM (+), of the community of the Franciscans Minoress of Clay Cross (d. January the 21st)


2020

  • Sister M. Ursula O'Keeffe (+), of the community of the Rosminian Sisters of Providence of Loughborough (d. December the 13th)
  • The Reverend Father Michael Horrax (+), priest of the Diocese (d. November the 3rd)
  • The Reverend Father Terence Fellows (+), priest of the Diocese (d. September the 26th)
  • Sister Philippa Kohlbecker (+), of the community of the Sisters of Mercy (d. July the 5th)
  • Sister Rita Wynn (+), of the community of the Sisters of Mercy (d. June the 28th)
  • Sister Breege Leddy (+), of the community of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Peace (d. June the 1st)
  • The Reverend Father Richard Adam OCSO (+), of the community of Mount Saint Bernard abbey (d. May the 22nd)
  • The Reverend Father Joseph McGovern (+), priest of the Diocese (d. April the 13th)
  • Sister Mary Gonzalvo OP (+), of the community of the Dominican Sisters at Leicester (d. April the 16th)
  • The Reverend Father Stephan Foster (+), priest of the Diocese (d. April the 12th, Easter Sunday)
  • Sister Angela Gallagher (+) of the Sisters of Mercy, aka. Sister Mary Peter, long-time teacher at schools in the diocese (d. April the 8th)
  • The Reverend Father John Moakler (+), of the Cistercian community at Mount S. Bernard abbey (d. April the 8th)
  • The Reverend Canon John Emile Joseph Berry (+), priest of the Diocese (d. March the 25th)
  • The Reverend Father Eamonn O'Hara (+), priest of the Diocese (d. March the 8th)
  • Sister Rita Popple (+), of the Rosminian Sisters of Providence, of Loughborough (d. February the 22nd)
  • Sister Evelyn Sheridan (+), of the Sisters of S. Joseph of Peace, late of the Rearsby convent (d. February the 22nd)
  • The Reverend Canon Colin Taylor (+), priest of the Diocese (d. February the 19th)
  • Sister Ellen McGrath (+), of the Sisters of Mercy of Derby (d. February the 20th)
  • Sister Carmel Fitzpatrick (+), of the Sisters of Mercy of Derby (d. January the 23rd)
  • The Reverend Monsignor Joseph Phelan (+), priest of the Diocese (d. January the 10th)
  • Sister Mary Peter Silke (+), of the Rosminian Sisters of Providence, of Loughborough (d. January the 8th)

  • 2019

  • The Reverend Mister James Baxter (+), deacon of the Diocese
  • Sister Mary Herbert OSC (+), one time member of the Newry Poor Clares and former resident at the Cathedral (d. June the 13th)
  • The Reverend Father Neil McLaughlin (+), priest of the Diocese (d. June the 2nd)
  • Sister Dolores Whyte PBVM (+), of the community in Matlock (d. April the 27th)
  • Sister Christianne Champalbert CRSF (+), of the community of S. Francis' House, Nottingham (d. April the 18th)
  • The Reverend Mister John Parker (+), deacon of the Diocese (d. April the 10th)
  • The Reverend Father Fabian Radcliffe OP (+), of the community at Holy Cross, Leicester (d. April the 1st)
  • Sister Dolores Murphy PBVM (+), of the Sisters' Care Centre in Matlock (d. February the 18th)
  • The Reverend Mister Ray Faghy (+), deacon of the Diocese (d. February the 23rd)
  • The Reverend Mister Bernard Croft (+), deacon of the Diocese
  • Sister Eucharia FSM (+), long-time staff member at S. Hugh's College, Tollerton (d. January the 5th)

  • 2018

    • The Reverend Father Thomas Breslin (+), priest of the Diocese (d. December the 8th)