With great sadness we announce that our greatly loved and respected Parish Priest, Fr Lawrence Jones (1962-2015), has died, aged 53. Please pray for the repose of his soul and for his family at this difficult time. May he rest in peace.
Fr Lawrence was ordained to the priesthood at Ushaw College on 21 June 1986 and he served the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle in the following parishes: as curate at St Peter’s, Low Fell (August 1986 to September 1992) and St Aidan’s, Ashington (September 1992 to August 1994), and as parish priest at English Martyrs, Stockton (August 1994 to August 2004), St Cuthbert’s, Kenton (September 2005 to September 2009) and St Robert’s, Morpeth (September 2009 to April 2015).
Fr Lawrence was a kind and generous priest whose life gave glory to God; here he is talking about his vocation:
May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs come to welcome you and take you to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem. May choirs of angels welcome you and lead you to the bosom of Abraham; and where Lazarus is poor no longer may you find eternal rest.