Final piece of WA priest's burial dream comes true

Alf Pace with headstone

The dream of Rottnest Island's Catholic priest Sean O'Shea has been completed with the installation of the headstone he organised for his final resting place, reports The West Australian.

After living and working on Rottnest, off the West Australian coast, for most of the previous 50 years, the much-loved Monsignor O'Shea spent almost a decade planning his final resting place alongside the island church he built.

He even dug his own grave in anticipation. Twice. Now, the final piece of his eternal dream is in place with the erection of the headstone he organised.

Long-time friend and former church caretaker Alf Pace said everything was now as Monsignor O'Shea wanted. His headstone was ready to go long before he died, Mr Pace said.

Monsignor O'Shea retired after his final Mass on the island in June 2012 and died from a heart attack six months later. After a Mass in Perth, his coffin was taken to Rottnest on a ferry.

And under cloudy Rottnest skies, Monsignor O'Shea was lowered to his final resting place just a few steps from Holy Trinity Church and alongside the gravestone of his friend, Father Joseph O'Hara.

It was the first burial on the island in at least 75 years.

FULL STORY Rotto cleric rests in peace (The West Australian)

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