It is with sadness that we were informed today of the death of Bishop Patrick O’Donoghue. He died peacefully this morning in Nazareth House, Drommahane, Mallow, Co. Cork, in the Republic of Ireland.
Bishop Patrick was born at Mourne Abbey, Co. Cork, 4th May 1934, his parents were Daniel and Sheila O’Donoghue. He was ordained Priest 25th May 1957, ordained as Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Westminster 29th June 1993.
He was installed as the fifth Bishop of Lancaster 4th July 2001, and retired 1st May 2009, returning to Ireland.Bishop Patrick’s health declined in recent years, but particularly over recent months.He had requested to be buried close to his parents in Mourneabbey.
The Requiem Mass will be celebrated in the church of St.Michael the Archangel, Analeentha, Co.Cork. It will be live-streamed. Details will be made available on Monday 25th JanuaryFor anyone who knew him or worked closely with him during his time as Bishop of Lancaster, it was clear how completely he had given his life to the Lord.He was an immense gift to us, serving with courage, wisdom and above all with charity.
How fitting it is that he should be called to the highest vocation during this year devoted to the great father-figure, Patron of the Universal Church, and patron of a happy death, Saint Joseph.We express our gratitude for the Sisters and Staff of Nazareth House who have cared for him especially in recent times. Please keep his family in your prayers.
Bishop Padrick’s coat of arms carries the shepherd’s crook, the pelican feeding her young on her own flesh, the Lancashire rose, the image of Our Lady of Furness, the Book of the Gospels and three flames denoting the Most Holy Trinity and the fire of Pentecost. His motto simply states from the Beatitudes, ‘Blessed are the poor’.
A Requiem Mass will be arranged for Bishop O’Donoghue in Lancaster Cathedral in the near future.