News Item: : Fr. Godfrey Aloysius Carney R.I.P
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Friday 29 August 2008 - 12:24:28

father.jpgI motored up to my home town of Liverpool on Tuesday to attend the funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist of one of the greatest men I ever knew. 
Born and educated in Ireland, Fr. Godfrey Aloysius Carney served faithfully as a priest in Liverpool for a remarkable 74 years before his death last week at the age of 98.

Faithful, orthodox, humble, hardworking, kind, full of mirth and above all holy; he made a BIG impression on my life since I used to attend his First Saturdays in Bootle in the late 1990's. Fr. Carney's homilies impressed on me the need for holiness and integrity in one's walk with Christ; challenging me as to the importance of purity of heart and helping me to recognize the degrading nature of so much of the rubbish that passes for media entertainment and indeed its offensiveness to our loving Father in Heaven. 

In 2004, Angie and I had a quiet moment with the great man during the reception for his 70th anniversary of priesthood. He spoke of the Holy Spirit at work powerfully in him from the moment of his ordination in 1934 and how he had felt that power through his hands when confecting the Holy Sacrifice every day since; when bread and wine become the Sacred Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Attending his Masses one was profoundly aware of this power and mystery, such was his reverence, devotion and manner of speech.

He was a real shepherd, lovingly tending his flock, leading them home amidst dangers and all the while warning off the wolves. It was just and right that St. John's was so tightly packed for his funeral.  Fr. Carney - May you rest in peace, Oh priest of Jesus Christ!

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