BISHOP BRUNNER, the
second English bishop to resign his Sec because of his age, died in Middlesbrough last Friday at the age of 79, less than two years after his resignation.
Born in Hull on August 21, 1889, he was ordained in 1917 and in 1946 was consecrated as an Auxiliary to the Bishop of Middlesbrough, then Bishop Shine, whom he later succeeded as Ordinary in 1956.
His resignation was accepted by the Pope in June, 1967, and he became Titular Bishop of Murustaga. He was succeeded in the Middlesbrough diocese by his coadjutor, Bishop McClean.
The first English bishop to resign because of age was Bishop Parker of Northampton. He did so in January 1967, six months before Bishop Brunner.
ST. CUTIIBERT'S Bishop Brunner was accepted as a student for the priesthood at the age of 12 and was sent to St. Brendan's Academy, Middlesbrough, by Bishop Lacey, where he remained for two years.
In 1903 he entered St. Cuthbert's Seminary, Ushaw, where he studied the humanities, philosophy and theology. From Ushaw he went to Durham University where he obtained a B.A. in Classics.
Following his ordination his first appointment was as assistant priest in his home parish of St. Charles, Hull, where he served from 1917-29.
He was parish priest at licsslc from 1929-31 and parish priest at St. Patrick's, Hull, from 1931-37. Then followed 14 years back at St. Charles as parish priest.
Bishop Brunner ' was appointed canon of the Middlesbrough Ca th edrai Chapter and Rural Dean in 1935. He represented the diocese on the Catholic Education Council and also served on Hull Education Committee. He was for many years schools religious inspector for the diocese.