Fr Gerard Irvine RIP

The death of Fr Gerard Irvine who was vicar of St Cuthbert’s, Philbeach Gardens and St Matthew’s, Westminster has resulted in some interesting obituaries in The Daily Telegraph and The Times.

He was at St Matthew’s when the fire severely damaged the church but he took it as an opportunity to build for the future.

Fr Irvine was a familiar figure in Victoria Street and I can recall seeing him with Mary Wilson on a balcony in Ashley Gardens during the first Papal Visit.

I last came across him at St Michael’s & All Angels in Brighton where his funeral takes place next Thursday 27 January at 1.30pm. His body is being received at 5pm on Wednesday to be followed by Vespers for the Dead.

See page 52 and 150.

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