Fr Warren Wade, Requiem in Pace

Warren WadeA communique from Msgr Harry Entwistle, Ordinary of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, on the passing of one of our beloved priests, Fr Warren Wade.

I was very sad indeed to hear of the death of our beloved, respected and faithful brother priest, Fr Warren. Due to being in London at this time, I am sorry that I cannot be with you today, but I assure you that Fr Warren was remembered at Mass on Monday in the Ordinariate parish in London and I prayed for him and his family and friends in the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk.

Fr Warren was a devoted priest having served in the Bush Brotherhood, in the Anglican and Traditional Anglican Communions, and since 2012 when he was ordained a Catholic priest on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.

Fr Warren struck me as being a person who lived by faith, trusting that even in dark times, God could be encountered. He was a humble man, content to do the Lord’s work wherever he was asked to serve.

I first knew him when he was a member of the Traditional Anglican Communion ministering in Turramurra, and was privileged to receive both him and June into the Catholic Church where he continue to minister to the same group of faithful people.

Fr Warren loved his family and right to the end he strove to do his best to care for each and every one of them.

His fellow priests in the Ordinariate were very fond of him and enjoyed his presence at the first Clergy Residential week in 2013.

While funerals are naturally sad, and we all acknowledge the pain that loss brings, we can be sure that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

We commend Fr Warren into God’s continuing care in thanksgiving and with a sure and certain hope of eternal life and we must continue to pray for those whose lives have been changed for the good through their knowing him.

Well done, thou good and faithful servant, may you rest in peace and rise in glory.

Msgr Harry Entwistle

And a tribute to Fr Warren here.

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