Monday, March 17, 2008

A Kind, Gentle Priest Enters His Reward

Of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of Rev Fr Hugh McGinlay, until recently, chaplain to the hospital in which I work. Fr Hugh died last Thursday in the hospice to which I also have an attachment.

Fr Hugh was an immensely likeable man and a priest who would visit the sick at the merest intimation. I am sure he has helped many hundreds of poor souls in this hospital to heaven. Archbishop Conti said it all much better than I ever could:

"Father Hugh was a wonderful, caring, compassionate pastor, whose ministry inthe Cathedral in recent years had a powerful impact on countless lives. Though small in stature, he was a giant in faith, who had a special gift for communicating that faith in a winning and often humorous way. He experienced his own difficulties in the middle of his ministry, but he came through his problems with a renewed priestly zeal and a particular care for those in difficulty. It was that understanding of peoples' problems which made him such a popular confessor and counsellor. I recall him especially at Lourdes, when he would be second to none in his attentiveness to the sick pilgrims, sharing a joke one moment and comforting them or leading them in a decade of the rosary the next. When he realised his cancer was not curable, he bore his illness with great patience and acceptance, using his final days to deepen ever more in the love of the Lord he served so faithfully for over 30 years as a priest. May he rest in peace."

Orémus. Præsta, quæsumus, Dómine : ut ánima fámuli tui Hugonis Sacerdótis, quem, in hoc sæculo commorántem, sacris munéribus decorásti, in cælésti sede gloriósa semper exsúltet. Per Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum, Fílium tuum : qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti Deus, per ómnia sæcula sæculórum. Amen.

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Blogger Fr PF said...

Hugonis - I can hear him chuckling at your Latin!

10:11 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Yes he did chuckle a lot, didn't he? Indeed I don't remember a time when we met on the long corridor in the Royal and he didn't end up chuckling himself or leave me laughing. Post written in haste and now stealthily edited.

No excuse given that one of my boys has Hugonis Lincolni as one of his patrons. I shouldn't have dropped Latin O-level.

10:02 AM  

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