Friday, 3 April 2009

Of Bishops, Priests and Laity

About the same time as it was officially announced that Archbishop Vincent Nicholls of Birmingham (pictured right) had been appointed as the new Archbishop-Elect of Westminster our own Bishop, Kieran Conry was presiding at the funeral of Fr Cyril Cravos a priest of the diocese of Arundel & Brighton.
Fr Cyril was born and educated in Cardiff before joining the Royal Navy as an electrician. As an older man he applied for the priesthood and was ordained as a priest in January 1975 aged 44.
He served in numerous parishes in the diocese as an assistant and parish priest before moving then to his final parish of Sacred Heart in Newhaven in 1999. He had gone into a nursing home at Littlehampton where he died aged 78 but still as parish priest. He displayed a real commitment to priestly life.
As a Church we always need Bishops but we also always need priests. Fr Paul Turner who works to promote vocations to the Priesthood and Religious life has organised a number of events for men who might want to pursue that vocations which can be found on the diocesan website.
Equally important as part of the whole People of God is the lay people of the Diocese. Arundel Cathedral parish is currently mourning the loss of John Brazier who was for 30 years a server and later on a sacristan at the Cathedral. He will be missed by family and friends but also by all who attended the Cathedral over the years. His funeral is on Monday 6 April.
This particular blog has mentioned most of the People of God but deliberately missed out Deacons who will feature in the next post.

Please pray for the future ministry of Archbishop Vincent and the repose of the souls of Fr Cyril and John Brazier.

'May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace'

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