DEATH OF AN EX-PROVINCIAL
Br Noel O'Dwyer Departs this Life
In the early hours of Sunday, 24 January 2010, our Brother Noel O'Dwyer left us to go to his heavenly home. He was 84 years old and had spent his last years in St Francis Nursing Home, Glasgow, where he was cared for by the Franciscan Minoresses and died as a member of the community of Blessed John Duns Scotus in Ballater Street, which he still visited once or twice a week until the last months of his life.
Noel O'Dwyer was born in Newcastle, Co Tipperary, on 23rd May 1925. The youngest of eleven children he was baptised Richard. He entered the novitiate at Chilworth in 1946 and was ordained in 1953. He was a Guardian in Glasgow and Gorton and in 1975 he was elected Minister Provincial and served in this office for nine years. Later he was appointed General Visitator in Malta and South Africa. After a short time as Guardian in Ipswich he returned to Glasgow in 1985.
Read a profile of Noel O'Dwyer in Franciscan News for June 2007: click here and scroll down
Br Noel's body was brought to our friary at Ballater Street, Glasgow, on the morning of Sunday, 31st January 2010, and the coffin was left open in one of the public rooms for private visits and prayers. On Sunday evening the coffin was solemnly conveyed into the church and placed overnight at the side of the altar. Br Michael Copps, Minister Provincial, presided at this ceremony and welcomed the many members of the O'Dwyer family who had come to be present. On the following day the funeral Mass was celebrated at 11.30 a.m. by the Minister Provincial in the presence of the Archbishop who assisted at the faldstool. There were many priests from the archdiocese and from the Franciscan Province who concelebrated the Mass and assisted at the burial which took place immediately after the Mass at Dalbeth cemetery followed by a reception at St Francis church hall.
To read the Provincial's Funeral Homily click here
Br WALTER HOBSON IS RELEASED FROM LIFE IN THIS WORLD
BR LESLIE ROBERTS, O.F.M., R.I.P.
On 28th February 2010 Fr Leslie Roberts died in Southmead Hospital, Bristol, where he had been taken from the Campania Care Home in Weston-Super-Mare. He died on the exact anniversary of the death of his twin brother Stanley, also a friar of our Province, in 1990.
For an appreciation of Leslie's life read the funeral homily by Fr Michael Copps, O.F.M., Minister Provincial click here
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