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In Memoriam

It has been a dramatic week, with the passing of Mgr George Hay, a highly respected and much loved priest of the Diocese of Plymouth. I was staying with friends in Devon at the time of his death on Easter Monday. They had been caring for him in his last years and loved him very much. He was in his nineties, and one could almost call him a piece of living history because he had been acquainted with all the Popes since John XXIII. He had been Rector of the English College in Rome and there are many priests around who are indebted to him in that capacity. He kept on saying mass in his local parish until his very last days. A tall and imposing figure, he has left us the gift of his inspiration - and that is one of the finest gifts a person can leave behind him. May you rest in peace, dear George!

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