Fr Colum Murray, CSSp, of Arundel and Brighton, has died. He was parish priest of Ewell, Surrey, for the last six and a half years of his life. Before that he served in Godalming as assistant priest.
Born in Belfast, Fr Murray attended St Mary's Holy Ghost College in Rathmines in Dublin and entered the Holy Ghost Missionary novitiate in 1951 and was ordained in 1959. He worked on the missions, serving, amongst other countries, in Nigeria and Malawi.
Fr Michael Cronin, parish priest of St Brigid's, Bradford, Manchester, died recently at the age of 72.
Fr Cronin had been a priest for 46 years. Born in Killarney, Co Kerry, Ireland, Fr Cronin was educated at St Brendan's Seminary, Killarney, and at St Patrick's College, Carlow. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1944.
He served the diocese of Salford in many appointments, among them as a curate at St Anne's, Accrington, St Mary's Ashton-under-Lyne, St Peter's, Greengate, and at St Brigid's, Bradford.
In 1964 Fr Cronin was appointed as parish priest of St Brigid's, Bradford and served the parish there for 26 years. Fr Thaddeus Horgan, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, has died unexpectedly at the age of 54. Fr Horgan, who was ordained in 1963, founded the Centro Pro Unione in Rome in the sixties. He was a leading ecumenist throughout his religious life.
Fr Horgan was appointed to the US Bishops' Conference two years ago to work in the fields of ecumenial and inter-religious affairs. Fr Horgan was a Franciscan expert on the Order and re-wrote the Rule of the
Third Order regular of St Francis and gave this rule to Pope John Paul [I for approval.