Archbishop Faulkner farewelled at funeral service

The Vigil liturgy for Archbishop Faulkner, Sunday (The Southern Cross/Ben McMahon)

More than 1300 people, including the South Australian Governor, politicians, religious leaders, bishops and priests from around Australia, attended the funeral of Archbishop Leonard Faulkner yesterday. Source: The Southern Cross.

Adelaide's St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral was overflowing with worshippers wanting to pay their final respects while several hundred people watched the proceedings on a large screen in Mary MacKillop Plaza. The funeral was also live streamed.

On Sunday, hundreds attended the Vigil liturgy celebrated by Bishop Timothy Harris of Townsville with Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson presiding.

Archbishop Wilson was the principal celebrant at the Mass of Christian Burial and concelebrants included the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, archbishops and bishops from around Australia, and priests from the dioceses of Port Pirie, Townsville and Darwin as well as other dioceses and religious orders.

Archbishop Yllana read out a message from Pope Francis offering his prayerful condolences to the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Adelaide Archdiocese and expressed his gratitude for Archbishop Faulkner’s many years of dedicated episcopal ministry.

In his homily, Archbishop Wilson spoke of the influence of the Young Christian Workers Movement on Archbishop Faulkner’s life.

“The pattern of See, Judge and Act, the pattern of that apostolic activity not only characterised his life as a priest, but also went on to influence and colour his ministry as bishop,” Archbishop Wilson said.

Fr Maurice Shinnick delivered the tribute to Archbishop Faulkner.

“His vision of the Church as a community for the world was underpinned by a deep, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, shown in his love for the Gospels, in his quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, in praying both the Divine Office and the Rosary of Mary every day,” he said.

Ninety priests made a guard of honour for the funeral cortege through Victoria Square which was closed to traffic after the funeral Mass. The rite of committal was attended by family, clergy and close friends at the West Terrace Cemetery.

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