Cormac Murphy O’Connor

Bishop of  Arundel and Brighton 1977 – 2000

Born on August 24, 1932

Died on September 1, 2017

My dear Bishop Richard,

I would be very grateful if you would convey this short message to the priests, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese, of which I as well as you have been privileged to serve as their Bishop. 

At this time, the words I pray every night are never far from my thoughts: “Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit”. 

Please tell them that I am at peace and have no fear of what is to come. I have received many blessings in my life,
especially from my family and friends.
I thank God for the many priests, religious and lay faithful who have helped and sustained me in my Episcopal life.

Nor should I forget the many Anglican and Free Church colleagues whose friendship I have valued very much.

Above all, as I now commend myself to the loving mercy of God, I ask them all to pray for me as I remember and pray for them. 

Fraternally in the Lord, 

+Cormac 

 

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