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REUNION IN THE NORTH 2013
In memory of....
'Raphael - Looking to the future' A workshop day for all
Our dear friends who have visited Lourdes with us....
If you have a loved one who you would like to commemorate here, so that others can be reminded of friends we met at Lourdes, then contact the webmaster Deacon Chris Blackman, by sending an email. He will contact you and then arrange to either scan in the photo of your loved one or enter the photo that you may wish to send via email.
Elizabeth Mary Cole D.C.H.S RIP
|Pray for the repose of the soul of Elizabeth Cole who died 23rd December 2007 aged 64 years. 'Pray for me, as I will for thee that we may merrily meet in heaven.' [St Thomas More, last letter to his daughter Meg].|
Fr Sean Farrell RIP
|Raphaelites from Worcester will remember with great affection, Sean Farrell as he spent many happy days in Worcester. Sean's reduced family lived in his native Ireland and so whilst he was training and studying for the priesthood at the Birmingham Diocesan Seminary at Oscott he spent much of his free time with his adopted family at St George's. He was ordained at Worcester on 7th June 1997 and for a number of years joined us on our pilgrimage to Lourdes. (He was something of a preacher - those of you who were there when Archbishop Frank Carroll joined us will remember how the archbishop commented on how he was pleased to be the one who 'had the final word' after Sean had preached!!).|
Fr Sean served as curate at St John Fisher, Coventry, as PP at St Joseph's, Banbury, at St Patrick's, Coventry, also at St Osburg's, Coventry and recently as chaplain at the Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry.
Fr Sean Farrell died on the 21st February 2008, aged 37. Whilst remembering Fr Sean in our prayers, please also remember his twin sister Mary and his brother, Paul.
This message received via the website on 8th March 2010.
To: The Raphael Pilgrimage
Hello To you all. My name is Mary Gore, Fr Sean's Farrell twin sister. I have just seen your lovely acknowledgment of Sean, in his memory. I know Sean had the happiest times when he traveled to Lourdes with you each year and when he came to visit me in Ireland he always had great stories to tell me. Time is a good healer, I will always miss Sean as I sure you all do too. Keep up the great work and never forget Sean in your prayers.
Lucy Flynn RIP
Lucy Flynn, who traveled to Lourdes on many Raphael Pilgrimages, died on Monday May 19th 2008.
Her funeral was held on Thursday May 29th, the cortège left from St John's Court (Lucy's home) at 9.00am for a service at 9.15am at
St Thomas of Canterbury
Great Cheatham Street
Please can you share this sad news within the family of Raphael.
Stella Mather RIP
Stella Mather died May 1st 2008.
Stella travelled with Raphael on many pilgrimages and lived at
28 Hawthorn Road
"Please will you all remember in your prayers the repose of the soul of Stella Mather who died on May 1st 2008.I received the newsletter. I would like you to include Stella's name in loving memory. Stella was fondly remembered by the Raphaelites.I will not be able to come this year as my daughter Rebekah is 11 months old but hope to be with you all again.Please can you remember Rebekah in your prayers as she has had a difficult start in life. Catherine Romei"
[Cathy is a nurse who has traveled with Raphael several times.]
Ellen Murray RIP
Ellen Murray had a stroke in early June and she died today, 8th July 2008. The requiem mass will be on Wednesday July 16th 2008 at 12.30pm at The Marillac Hospital, Eagle Way, Brentwood followed by a private burial at 2.15pm at a local cemetery.
The family will return to the Marillac around 3.00pm and everyone is invited to join them for a buffet and drink.
"Ellen and her late husband, Jim, traveled with Raphael many times several years ago. Terry and I made two pilgrimages with them in addition to Raphael, before we started our service with the Hospitality.[Kath Scahill]"
Tom McGloghlin RIP
Tom sadly passed away on 3rd August 2008. He will long be remembered for his contagious smile and his mischievous antics and partner in crime David Sheridan. Tom's funeral was held in Accrington on 13th August 2008.
Una Stables RIP
Kath Scahill received a letter today [2nd October 2008]and was very sad to hear about Una, who was a wonderful Handmaid and traveled many times with the Raphael Pilgrimage.
Una's son Andrew wrote:
The Raphael Pilgrimage Newsletter Issue 2 was recently received here. Sadly my mother passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer. Her illness was diagnosed in June last year. Initially she seemed to respond well to chemotherapy treatment and we had hopes that surgery, which she underwent at the end of November, would hold the cancer at bay for a good deal longer. However, she became ill again shortly after Christmas and died peacefully on March 5th.
Our condolences to Andrew and the family.
Fr Raphael O'Connell OCD RIP
Fr Raphael O'Connell OCD died peacefully on Sunday 15th February 2009. May he rest in peace.
MARY ELIZABETH CRIDDLE (nee Blackledge) RIP
MARY ELIZABETH CRIDDLE (nee Blackledge)
Peacefully at home with Victor, Robert and Alison on February 14, 2009, aged 56 years. A treasured wife, mum, relation and friend to all. She leaves
a legacy of love
Requiem Mass and interment at St Oswald's RC Church, Longton on Monday, February 23 at 12noon. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Rosemere Cancer Foundation or St Catherine's Hospice c/o the funeral director.
- Inquiries H & G Wilde, Bamber Bridge. Tel Preston 335974
Mary was a handmaid with Raphael for many years, Terry Scahill met her in Lourdes on his first Raphael Pilgrimage when Mary had already been a member of Raphael for several years, and her mother, Alice, before her.
Mary's husband, Vic, also traveled with Raphael as part of the North West group when the group made an overnight stay at Osterley House on both legs of the journey to and from Heathrow. Mary's brother, Fr Dennis Blackledge was Superior at Osterley House at that time.
Her younger brother, Bill, also traveled with Raphael, originally with the Youth Group.
Bernard, her brother in law has also been part of the Raphael family for many years.
May she rest in Peace.
Mary Miskow RIP
Mary sadly passed away on November 24th 2009.
A Requiem Mass was offered in St. Wulstan's Church on Friday, December 4th
Mary served as a handmaid accompanied by her late husband Marian. They had a deep love for Raphael and made so many friends during their pilgrimages and are fondly remembered.
Dr Kenneth Maghee RIP
Dr Kenneth McGhee died peacefully on Tuesday 8th December at the Sussex County Hospital Brighton after a short illness with his family at his bedside.
The funeral was held on December 17th at St Thomas Moore Church Seaford.
Kenneth had only been retired just over a year and was looking forward to spending time with his family and grandchildren and also to work in his garden.
He was a well-respected member of the Raphael Pilgrimage and served as Chief Medical Officer for some years.
Mrs Betty Greasley RIP
Mrs Betty Greasley died on January 31st aged 82 and her funeral is set for Feb 11th (Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes) at 12.00 hrs at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Gleneagles Avenue, Belgrave, Leicester.
Fr Pat Greasley, her son and a long time supporter of the Raphael Pilgrimage, will be the principal celebrant at the requiem Mass.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Fr Pat at this difficult time.
May she rest in peace.
Gerry Collins RIP
| It is with deep regret that I pass on the announcement regarding the death of Brother Gerry Collins. Gerry was well known to many Brothers in the Province and genuinely held in great regard by all who knew him. Many people have surely benefitted from his great faith and his belief in the power of prayer and his dedication to our Lady and her shrine at Lourdes. May he rest in peace.
His body will be received into St. Joseph’s Church, Upminster at 5pm on Sunday 9th January 2011 when there will be a short service.
The requiem mass in celebration of Bro Gerry’s life will start at 10.30am on Monday 10th January 2011, followed by the burial at Corbets Tey Cemetery at 12.30pm. You are then invited by the family to join them for refreshments at St. Peters Mass Centre, Front Lane, Cranham.
Rather than sending flowers the family would prefer that you make a donation, to be split between St. Francis Hospice and The Marillac.
Gift aid envelopes for St Francis will be available at the back of the church and at St Peters and, likewise, envelopes and gift aid forms for The Marillac. Donations can also be made via the funeral directors, B F Mulley & Son, 254 St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, RM14 3DH, Tel: 01708 220330
The family are most appreciative of any donations you make and these will be split equally between St Francis Hospice and The Marillac unless you donate via gift aid when the details you complete will determine who receives the donation.
On Christmas day he asked me to pass on his best wishes to all the brothers of the circle and their families and to thank them for all their prayers, kindnesses and good wishes. Gerry has been a good friend to many of our brothers, past and present, in so many different ways and I know he will be greatly missed by all of us.
Please remember Gerry, Fiona, Stephen, Mary and all of his family in your prayers.
He was a colossus among men, one of a kind who led by example.
I met him first on the steps of an aircraft at Lourdes airport some nineteen years ago and he created an impression then.
I saw him twice in my time with Raphael, both times at Wimbledon. Despite his obvious serious illness his character and determination to fight his disease showed his bravery. He will be a loss to all his friends and to Raphael.
May he rest in Peace.
It is very sad to loose such a good man and a special friend to so many:
Ted Tiernan RIP
|It is with deep regret that I have to convey the sad news that Ted Tiernan, who came to Lourdes with the Raphael pilgrimage (together with his wife Tina) in 2009, died peacefully this afternoon [Tuesday 4th January 2011] at 2.10 pm at St. Francis Hospice. In the loss that we share at the passing of this much loved man, may we thank God for his life and the joy that all who knew him had in their friendship with him, and for the happy release which he has now been granted. Our prayers are with Tina and all Ted's family.
May Ted now rest in peace, having gained his eternal reward.
S & F,
You may wish to remember Ted Tiernan in your prayers.
For a long while he was carer to his wife Tina until he contracted motor neurone disease. Ted and Tina came with Raphael to Lourdes in 2009. They would have come in 2010 except that he had arranged a holiday at a time co-incident with the pilgrimage.
He called me to apologise saying he would certainly be with us in 2011. I felt the optimism in his voice; something I could not share. (I had a friend who suffered the same illness and its progression is most unpleasant).
Catherine, you may recall Ted and Tina missed the Wednesday outing to the Cite S Pierre and you stayed behind to look after the pair. Somehow you managed to shower Ted but you were still dripping when we returned to the Accueil. The Dublin pilgrimage provided food when you realised we had not provided lunch for Ted and for Tina.
Ted’s suffering is at an end and may he rest in peace.
Ted Tiernan's funeral will take place on Tuesday 11th January with Mass at Brentwood Cathedral at 11.30am. Interment will take place at Woodman Road Cemetery and a reception will be held from 1pm at the De Rougemont Manor Hotel,Great Warley Street Brentwood, CM13 3JP
In reponse to those who have enquired, there will be no reception of Ted's body into the Cathedral on Monday.
However, the family have advised that those wishing to visit the funeral directors, Bennett's Chapel of Rest on that day are welcome to do so.
In following Ted's wishes, rather than flowers being given in his memory, he requested that support be given to his two charities:-
St. Francis Hospice and the MND Association.
Donations may either be made through Bennetts Funeral Services. Fern House, 120 High Street, Brentwood, Essex,
or through a basket collection to be taken at the Cathedral. The total sum of such collection will be divided equally between the two charities
S & F,
Jozef Thomas van der Linden RIP
You will wish to know that Jozef Thomas van der Linden died in Guildford Hospital on 25th June.
Tom, as he was known to us, was a character who loomed large in the annals of the Raphaël Pilgrimage and I recall only a matter of weeks ago he called me on my mobile when I was in France (and I was paying the roaming charges) to insist we team up with National Bedarvaarten (the Dutch pilgrimage group) to take seats on their chartered train. It was not a cheap call!
Tom suffered a stroke just before our reunion at Wimbledon and did not survive.
May he rest in peace.
The Requiem Mass for Brother Tom Van Der Linden will be held at 9.30 am on Tuesday July 12th at
St. Raphael's Catholic Church
Kingston upon Thames
After the burial mourners will reconvene back at the Church Hall for refreshments later in the morning.
No flowers please, but donations to one of Tom’s various charities ( to be advised on the day) will be welcome.
Letters of condolences etc to:
Mrs Catherine Morrell
43 Cranes Park Avenue
Surbiton KT5 8BS
Wally Sullivan RIP
Wally Sullivan died on Sunday 21st August 2011.
May he rest in peace.
Dr Kay Foley RIP
I need to let you know of the death of Dr Kay Foley on Sunday 9th October 2011. She predated my time on the pilgrimage having started with Raphaël in about 1976. In her time she travelled with Raphaël as a doctor and later as chief medical officer. She was described as ‘A lively person with an infectious sense of humour’.
Mary and Trevor Wiltshire saw Kay in hospital shortly before she died and she was said to be peaceful, prepared and not in any pain.
May she rest in peace.
Best wishes to all
Yesterday 20TH Oct 2011 I attended the Requiem Mass in Burgess Hill for Dr Kay Foley former chief medical officer for the Raphael Pilgrimage.
Kay was almost destined to be a doctor, her father was a GP, her sister and brother in-law are both GP’s. Kay was born in Castlebar, Co Mayo 81 years ago and took the advice of her father: to go to England saying that doctors in Ireland were undervalued. If a patient died, that was the fault of the doctor. If the patient lived, that was due to divine intervention!
She was known for her good humour and fondness for a glass or two of red wine. She had worked as an anaesthetist and, we were told, often found time during an operation to complete the Telegraph crossword while still monitoring the patient.
Her own health had not been good, suffering with asthma and this ultimately led to a breakdown in her health and, unable to continue living on her own, she entered a nursing home run by some tolerant nuns. It appears Dr Kay will be missed since she injected a lot of vivacity into her new abode and was blessed with a succession of visitors bearing bottle-shaped gifts. Indeed, at the reception afterwards her nieces had assembled a photograph album which was flanked by an empty bottle of sherry.
In the nursing home she acquired the nickname ‘Lazarus’ since on more than one occasion, she was written off but bounced back.
The Requiem included two Marian hymns, ‘Immaculate Mary’ and ‘As I kneel before you’ and Raphaël received two mentions in the eulogy.
I congratulated the niece who delivered the eulogy only to discover she was a near neighbour of mine in Woodford but in an adjacent parish. The name Heakin came up in conversation and it seems there was once a formidable pilgrimage double act between the late doctor and a young priest. I told Patricia that Masses and prayers were being offered by Frs Leo and Vincent among others.
The same niece, Patricia Bentley, told me one of her aunt’s prized possessions was a doll from Lourdes which had been dressed in clothes made by Mary Wiltshire.
Dr Kay had a good send off and no doubt is warmly received into Heaven.
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