14 May 2018
Archbishop's Funeral Mass
The Southern Cross | May 14, 2018
Huge turnout to farewell Archbishop Faulkner
The South Australian Governor, Premier, Opposition Leader, religious leaders, bishops and priests from around Australia were among more than 1300 people attending the funeral of Emeritus Archbishop Leonard Faulkner this morning.
St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral was overflowing with worshippers wanting to pay their final respects while several hundred people watched the proceedings on a large screen in Mary MacKillop Plaza and those who couldn’t attend viewed the live stream event.
On Sunday evening, hundreds attended the Vigil Liturgy celebrated by Bishop Timothy Harris of Townsville with Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson presiding.
Archbishop Wilson was the principal celebrant at the Mass of Christian Burial and concelebrants included the Nuncio, archbishops and bishops from around Australia, and priests from the dioceses of Port Pirie, Townsville and Darwin as well as other dioceses and religious orders.
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Tribute to Archbishop Faulkner by Fr Maurice Shinnick
When he returned to Adelaide as a young priest following his ordination in Rome in1950, Father Leonard Faulkner was appointed as assistant priest to Monsignor William Russell, in the newly establish and expanding Woodville Parish in the Western suburbs. There he found so many migrants from post-World War Two Europe, striving to establish themselves in a new environment of culture and language. To that ministry he brought his life experiences.
His childhood was spent on a farm where life was tough. He did not start school until he was seven, because before that, he was considered not strong enough to walk the more than four miles to and from school. I asked him if it was true that he had to carry his shoes to school to save the leather, and with one of his half smiles, he replied, “probably”.
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