South Australia's Catholic community is mourning the death of one its most respected former leaders, Archbishop James Gleeson, who died of a heart attack yesterday morning, aged 79.
   Archbishop Glesson, retired as Archbishop of Adelaide in 1985 after major heart surgery, played a pioneering role in the modern Australian Catholic Church with a deep involvement in welfare and charitable work, the ecumenical movement, social justice issues, education and the welfare of Aborigines, migrants and refugees.
   Archbishop Leonard Faulkner said that Archbishop Gleeson had died of a heart attack at his North Adealide home, Ennis, at 9:30am after spending an hour in prayer in the chapel and as he prepared to celebrate mass at the Angas Street convent of the Sisters of Mercy.
   "He lived as he died," Archbishop Faulkner said, referring to the spirit of prayer and service which characterised the late Archbishop Gleeson's life.
   "May Archbishop James Gleeson share fully in the Resurrection of Christ and we pray for peace and consolation for his family and the many people who mourn him," said Archbishop Faulkner.
   The late Archbishop Gleesin was born on December 24, 1920, at Balaklava, was ordained a priest in Adelaide in July 1945 and was ordained a Bishop in Adelaide in May 1957.
   He was appointed coadjutor, , or assistant Archbishop, to Archbishop Matthew Beovich in July 1964 and in May 1971 was installed as Archbishop of Adelaide on Archbishop Beovaich's retirement. After undergoing major surgery in 1984, he retired in 1985.

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