Former Bishop of Northampton dies at age of 94

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Former Bishop of Northampton dies at age of 94

The Right Rev Patrick Leo McCartie, Bishop Emeritus of Northampton, has died at the age of 94.


Bishop McCartie was Bishop of Northampton from February 20, 1990 to March 29, 2001 when he retired having reached the age of 75 after 43 years as an active Bishop. He was the oldest living Bishop in England and Wales.

Born in West Hartlepool, in 1925, Bishop McCartie was ordained to the priesthood in July 1949. He was first appointed an Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham in 1977 then, in February 1990, he was appointed the tenth Bishop of Northampton, sister diocese to East Anglia.

In July 2019 he celebrated 70 years of priesthood with Mass attended by the former Bishop of Northampton, Bishop Peter Doyle – now Emeritus – and Archbishop Kevin McDonald who was Bishop McCartie’s immediate successor in Northampton.

He is remembered as a pastoral man of God who relentlessly shared the Gospel through word and action.

Bishop McCartie died on the evening of Thursday April 23, in St Joseph’s Home in Birmingham, aged 94.

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