Death of Archbishop Eric D'Arcy

Former Archbishop of Hobart Eric D'Arcy died in Melbourne early yesterday, aged 81.

CLICK HEREThe Mercury reports today that Dr D'Arcy was head of the Catholic Church in Tasmania from 1988 until 1999, when he retired to live in Melbourne.

His successor, Archbishp Adrian Doyle, said yesterday that Dr D'Arcy had recently developed pneumonia and was a patient in St Vincent's Hospital at the time of his death.

Archbishop Doyle said the funeral arrangements would be announced when finalised.

He said it was anticipated a requiem mass wwill be celebrated in Melbourne later this week before Dr D'Arcy's body is brought to Hobart.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Hobart's St Mary's Cathedral, followed by burial in the cathedral's grounds.

Archbishop Doyle said he was announcing Dr D'Arcy's death with great sadness.

"I ask all Tasmanians, especially those within the Catholic community, to remember Dr D'Arcy in their prayers," Archbishop Doyle said.

Born in Melbourne in 1924, Dr D'Arcy was educated at De La Salle College, Malvern, studied for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College, Werribee, and was ordained a priest in 1949.

He took an honours degree in arts at Melbourne University where he would later teach philosophy for 20 years.

In Rome he received his PhD from the Gregorian University, and at Oxford he became the first Australian-born philosopher to receive the Oxford doctorate.

When he became Archbishop of Hobart, Dr D'Arcy was also appointed a member of the Vatican's Congregation for Education.

Premier Paul Lennon said Dr D'Arcy's 11 years as Archbishop of Hobart would be warmly remembered by many Tasmanians beyond the Catholic community.

"He performed his duties with warmth, compassion and intelligence, making the Catholic Church more accessible and more open to public scrutiny," Mr Lennon said. "In many ways he led the church into a new era."

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13 Dec 2005