MONTFORT Missionary Fr William Jenkinson has died in Liverpool at the age of 48. He entered the order at the age of 20.
Born in Garston, Liverpool, in May 1944, Bill Jenkinson went td junior seminary at Romsey before making his novitiate at St Joseph's, Ashurst, before studying for the priesthood at Church Stretton and Heythrop College. He was ordained in March 1971.
After briefly serving in Hayes, Middlesex, he went out to the central African state of Malawi, teaching English for eight years in the Nankhunda seminary.
He was also bursar of the seminary for a period and ran the college football team.
Returning briefly to England to study education and theology, he then became parish priest first in Liwonde, in the central region
of Malawi, and then at the cathedral parish inathe former capital Zomba, where he had more than 20,000 parishioners.
Poor health forced Fr Bill to return to England in 1991, where, after a short stay in Hendon, he served at Our Lady of the Assumption, Gateacre, until his death.