Friday, April 20, 2012

Angelicum Alumnus Fr Graham Turner (November 11, 1963- April 16, 2012). R.I.P.

Fr Graham Turner, a member of the Beda College and a student at the Angelicum 2010-11, died of leukaemia on Monday 16 April., 2012. The aggressive leukaemia was diagnosed after Easter last year, and since that time Graham was nursed at both  Salvator Mundi and the Gemelli Hospital here in Rome, and subsequently in Manchester in the UK. Although a candidate for the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh in Scotland his parental home was in Lancashire, and it was there that he has spent the last 10 months. Although he was due to be ordained priest in June of 2011 – and after several planned later occasions - it was on Easter Monday of this year, 9 April 2012, as it became clear that he would not recover, that Cardinal Keith O’Brien came down from Scotland to Salford to ordain him in the hospital chapel. An account of the ordination can be found on the current front page of the Scottish Catholic Observer on under ‘Prayers for nation’s newest priest.’

Graham was born on 11 November 1963: his parents are George and Marilyn; he has a sister Susan and a brother Ian. 

There will be a Requiem Mass for Graham in his home parish of St John’s, Bromley Cross, Bolton BL7 9JP on Monday 23 April at 12 noon, followed the next day  by a diocesan Requiem Mass in Edinburgh Cathedral, (Broughton Street, EH1 3JR) on Tuesday 24 April at 12.45. Graham will then be buried in the Mount Vernon Catholic Cemetery.