Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Bishop Hugh Lindsay RIP

With sadness we have heard that Bishop Hugh Lindsay, former Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, died suddenly at his home at Boarbank Hall, Grange, on Monday. He had lived at Boarbank since his retirement in 1992 and worked there as chaplain to the community of Augustinian sisters. Bishop Lindsay was a well-known figure around our own Diocese after his retirement, sometimes covering for our own bishops during times of illness; he also presided over the Diocesan Chrism Mass in the Cathedral in 2001, in the time between Bishop Brewer's death and Bishop O'Donoghue's appointment. He preached at the requiem Mass celebrated here on the day of Pope John Paul's funeral, and most recently was here for Bishop Campbell's ordination last March. Bishop O'Donoghue said, “We offer all our prayers and sympathy to the Bishop’s remaining family, the Sisters at Boarbank, the priests and people of the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle and indeed to all Bishop Lindsay’s many friends.” Our Diocesan website carries a fuller account of Bishop Lindsay's life - click here.