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Fr Philip Penfold RIP
Wednesday 18th September 2013

The Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, is sad to announce the death of Fr Philip Penfold on Thursday 12 September, just five days after his ordination to the Sacred Priesthood. He had been suffering from cancer.

Fr Philip's was ordained on Saturday 7 September by The Rt Revd Bishop Kieran Conry, Bishop of Arundel & Brighton, at St Agnes Catholic Church in Eastbourne, where he was involved with the Ordinariate mission. The Ordinary preached.

Fr Neil Chatfield, leader of the Eastbourne mission, said: "the ordination was a wonderful affair, conducted with great grace and kindness and with Fr Philip's wife, Jenny and the Penfolds' daughters and numerous grandchildren present. We all knew that Fr Philip only had a very short time to live, which made the whole thing incredibly moving and many tears were shed. It was, as someone commented afterwards to the bishop, a living witness to the suffering Christ ".

As well as the family, the congregation was made up of the Ordinariate mission in Eastbourne, many old friends from St Agatha in Portsmouth, where Fr Philip had served as priest in the TAC, and the local parish Catholics.

Mgr Newton's homily – addressed largely directly to Fr Philip –spoke of priesthood as being a gift. "To fulfil the calling to priesthood, we have to remember that, it's God's work and not ours; it is to be done in God's strength and not our might....You come before the Lord in physical weakness", Mgr Newton said to Fr Philip, "but confident of his grace and power".

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