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Obituary Dr Felicity Knight

Thursday 26th May 2022
From Felicity's eulogy, with thanks to Kevin Callaghan

Dr Felicity Knight, who has recntly died, was born in Birmingham on 28th March 1930, the first child of Adolphus and Mary Knight - better known as George and May. She was followed four years later by her brother Michael, and the two siblings were to form a close and unbreakable bond. George and May, both teachers, brought up their two children with a strong devotion to the Catholic faith and encouraged in them a love of learning and travel. Felicity was only nine years old when war broke out in 1939. She was a dedicated student from a young age and went on to attend St Paul's School for Girls in Edgbaston, where she won many prizes for her academic…

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Obituary Canon Gerry Breen

Monday 3rd February 2020

Canon Gerry Breen, chaplain to the BLMA, died on 22nd December 2019. His requiem mass on 23rd January at St. Chads cathedral was extremely well attended by the many who knew and cared for him. Gerry Breen was ordained priest in 1986 after studying at Oscott Seminary. Prior to entering training for the priesthood he was already a supporter of Lourdes, first going with his parish as a lay helper. Just before entering the seminary he did a sponsored cycle ride to Lourdes with others for the benefit of the Across Trust Jumbulance, raising £10,000, which was a considerable amount back in 1980. After ordination, he served as a curate and parish priest in Sutton Coldfield, Kings Heath and Stourport. From…

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Jenny gets a new job!

Wednesday 5th June 2019

Congratulations to our own Dr Jenny Kiimiuk on her appointment as a consultant in Palliative Care!

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Obituary: 30th January 2019, Dr Theodore Mangiapan - letter from Dr de Franciscis

Friday 5th April 2019

Dear Friends of the Sanctuary Community, I have just announced, to Bishop Brouwet and the Rector, Fr. André Cabes, the sad news that this afternoon Dr. Theodore Mangiapan passed away after a short illness. Dr. Mangiapan was the eleventh president of the Bureau of Medical Observations in Lourdes, from 1972 to 1990. Born on 18th April 1925, my predecessor always declared himself proud to be the first president of the Bureau born in the twentieth century. His book "Healings of Lourdes - Historical and Critical Study from the Beginning to the Present" (Éditions Œuvre de la Grotte, 1994, and NDL Editions, 2010) remains an essential reference source for all researchers. His manner, outwardly serious but very devoted to Our Lady of Lourdes, has marked…

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