Bishop Leo McCartie RIP

Bishop Leo McCartie

I am very sad to inform you about the death of Bishop Leo McCartie who served as Bishop of Northampton from 20 February 1990 to 29 March 2001.

Bishop Leo, Bishop Emeritus of Northampton, passed away on Thursday 23rd April at St. Joseph’s House in Birmingham, aged 94. In these challenging times, his funeral will undoubtedly be a small affair.

Bishop Leo was born in Hartlepool on the 5th September 1925 and having been a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, Fr Leo was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham in 1977. In February 1990 he was appointed the tenth Bishop of Northampton. He retired in 2001 having reached the retirement age of 75 after 43 years as an active Bishop. Last July Bishop Leo celebrated 70 years of priesthood with Mass attended by the then current Bishop of Northampton, Bishop Peter Doyle (now Emeritus) and Archbishop Kevin McDonald.

He was the oldest living Bishop in England and Wales. He is remembered as a pastoral man of God who relentlessly shared the Gospel through word and action.

On Wednesday, April 29 at 9.30am I will celebrate a private mass for Bishop Leo in our parish house. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.