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Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory

Former Bishop of Cashel & Ossory The Rt Revd Peter Barrett dies suddenly

Peter BarrettFormer Bishop of Cashel & Ossory, the Rt Revd Peter Barrett died suddenly at his home in Dublin on Wednesday evening.

Bishop Michael Burrows paid this tribute…

The diocese will want to surround those closest to him with prayers and love, and many will recall the way in which he touched and enriched so many lives both as dean of Waterford and as bishop.

The last ten years have been so difficult for Peter, and his pilgrimage in very many ways has epitomised the travails and frailty of all us mere mortals who find our vocation in ministry.

But this is a moment to pray for peace for him, and to thank God for all he was at his delightful best.. A person of extraordinary kindness, courtesy and empathy… Someone deeply lovable.

Bishop Burrows would ask that we all privately and in every church next Sunday, thank God for his ministry, and thereby assure his family of a great wave of supportive prayer across the diocese which in 2002 called Peter to be its bishop.

The funeral took place on Monday 2 November in St Paul’s Glenageary, Co. Dublin followed by cremation at Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold’s Cross.

On Sunday 6 December following Choral Evensong at 3 pm (note the time) in St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, the ashes of Bishop Barrett will be buried near the south west door of the cathedral, in the place associated with former bishops of Ossory.

Over and above present and past members of the chapter, clergy and readers who worked closely with Peter Barrett and who would like to robe on this occasion are asked to inform the dean of Ossory.