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Large Hobart funeral for Archbishop D'Arcy


A moving mass of Christian burial for former Archbishop of Hobart Eric D'Arcy yesterday attracted a big attendance and powerful leaders of the Catholic Church in Australia.

CLICK HEREThe Mercury reports that the service, at St Mary's Cathedral, was attended by 650 to 700 people from all walks of life.

They included Tasmanian Governor William Cox, Premier Paul Lennon, House of Assembly Speaker Michael Polley and Michael Hodgman, representing the state Opposition Leader.

Church leaders present included the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Ambrose De Paoli, and the archbishops of Sydney (Cardinal George Pell), Melbourne (Archbishop Denis Hart) and Canberra and Goulburn (Archbishop Francis Carroll).

Present also were the bishops of Sale, Jeremiah Coffey, Ballarat, Peter Connors, Lismore, Geoffrey Jarrett, and Armidale, Luc Mattys; three retired archbishops and two auxiliary bishops; the vicars-general of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Monsignor Les Tomlinson, and Sale, Monsignor Daniel McCartan; and about 40 priests, mostly from across Tasmania but including some from the mainland.

The Anglican Church was represented by the Anglican Bishop of Tasmania, the Right Rev John Harrower, and his predecessor, Bishop Philip Newell.

After the service Dr D'Arcy, Hobart archbishop from 1988 until 1999, was buried in the grounds of the cathedral where two of his predecessors are buried -- Archbishop Tweedy (1943-1955) and Archbishop Guilford Young (1955-1988).

The Archbishop of Hobart, the Most Rev Adrian Doyle, said he thought the move to Tasmania by Dr D'Arcy, who died in Melbourne on December 12 aged 81, would not have been easy for him.

Dr D'Arcy was 64 years old when he moved, he had been the Bishop of Sale for seven years, and he had only once visited Tasmania, in 1954.

However, Dr D'Arcy quickly realised the benefits to be conferred on the Tasmanian diocese through spiritual renewal involving all parishes, and drew on the experience of the Renew program which had started in Sale 12 months earlier.

From this three-year program grew a number of pastoral initiatives -- a ministry to youth, commissions for liturgy, ecumenism and justice and peace and an Office of Pastoral Planning and Formation.

Archbishop Doyle said some "very dark and difficult moments" occurred during Dr D'Arcy's period in Tasmania.

He said Dr D'Arcy considered his decisions with great care and would not be rushed in making them, but once they were made he would not go back on them.

"In the very public and often quite bitter discussions around the restructuring of Catholic secondary education in southern Tasmania, I believe that he suffered greatly from the criticism he received," Archbishop Doyle said.

"There was, however, only one occasion when, to my knowledge, he gave any indication of how he was feeling.

"Otherwise he maintained the gentle, calm and dignified manner for which he was so well known."

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Big funeral for ex-archbishop (The Mercury 20/12/05)

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20 Dec 2005