Saturday, August 22, 2009

More on Father Edward Houghton

"Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!"

More on the wonderful and sorely missed Father Edward Houghton here here and here.

Incidentally, I've seen that a few of you are landing here having googled Father Edward's name. One reader has come here from Doncaster. I know that Father Edward was from Preston and had sisters and a brother, who I understand is also a priest and based in the north of England. If you knew, or are related to Father Edward Houghton, please leave a message in the comments box.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Lisa said...

Cheers for taking time to write about Ed.

8/23/2009 6:48 AM  
Anonymous Kevin G. said...

I first met Father Edward when he was a Deacon at Westminster Cathedral, intitially I thought him shy but then realised he was man of few words but when he did speak it was worth listening too!

It was so great to see him last year ordained a priest and his ordination in the cathedral was a joyous day. News of his death is still sinking in, The Catholic Church has lost a good servant, those who know him have lost the kindness and wisdom of a truly decent man, his family must be suffering and our thoughts and prayers are with them. R.I.P Father Edward.

8/24/2009 5:41 AM  
Blogger spudseven said...

Hello Red Maria, I wonder if you would let me know how you know Ed - you seem to know him reasonably well.
I am a friend from Preston. You might like to know Ed's funeral will be in Westminster next week sometime after the bank holiday, he will then be buried back in Preston.

8/24/2009 1:37 PM  
Blogger snorestore said...

Ed did his parish placement at St. John Fisher, North Harrow. He immediately fitted in to our community and we were privileged to witness him growing into his vocation in the year he was with us. His warmth and humility and willingness to listen were quite remarkable. I think we learned more from him than he did from us. Ed willingly endured the less enjoyable sides to Parish life, and even subjected himself to the odd night out with parishioners (me and my mad family included) without any visible signs of "I'm a would-be priest, get me out of here." After he left us at SJF, we decided this man was going to go far. We were thrilled to follow his progress to the priesthood in the Allen Hall magazine. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and with his new parish in Chiswick. Ed was a lovely man doing an amazing job.

8/24/2009 2:35 PM  
Blogger spudseven said...

Ed's funeral arrangements

Funeral - Thursday 3rd September 12 noon at Chiswick - Our Lady of Grace and St Edward, 247 High Road, Chiswick, London, W4 4PU.

Mass said by the Cardinal 7pm

Burial - Friday 4th 11am mass at Alston Lane, Preston followed by burial in the graveyard.

8/25/2009 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting Father Edwards funeral arrangements. With the numbers I am sure wanting to attend, I expect there will be a Mass also at Westminster Cathedral for him, apart from than many private Mass intentions already being requested. I will post news of the cathedrals plans. Still hard to believe the news.

8/25/2009 11:46 PM  
Anonymous Mark Diamond said...

Edward was a fantastic man.

He was natural an passionate in his faith and very quickly becames absorbed into life within the parish in Chiswick.

I feel blessed to have known him for what was a relatively short time, but he has left a lasting impression on all those who knew him.

Every time I think of him, I smile and remember fondly all my conversations with him.

He will be missed by all within the parish and my thoughts and prayers go to his family.

He was a credit to them and the wider church which obviously had such a great influence on him.

8/26/2009 9:17 AM  
Blogger Catriona said...

I knew Eddie in Glasgow, initially as a Jesuit Volunteer in 1997.

I am not sure what brought me to Google him last week, as we have only been Christmas card friends in the last few years.

I am so terribly shocked and saddened to hear of his loss.

You touched many lives Eddie, and many things changed for the better because of you. You will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace.

9/22/2009 12:41 PM  
Blogger Red Maria said...

Thankyou Catriona and all of you for your heartfelt messages.

Father Edward Houghton was an outstanding priest. We are all mourning his loss.

9/22/2009 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Basha said...

Eddie used to be my English teacher when he was working in Poland – years ago… We often talk about faith and God and we shared similar values – even though I am a Protestant. He became my friend and for many years he was someone I could always count on. Many times he has encouraged me. In one of our last emails he wrote:"Life is not about outstanding personal achievements. Nor is about being a pawn in someone else's game. Be independent! Stand up for the truth! Remember everything is passing away anyway.." I will never forget his frankness, sensitivity and sarcastic sense of humor which I loved so much. Thanks to him I spent a unforgettable few days in the Allen’s Hall Seminary. Then I’ve came to England to his ordination. I am glad that God gave me the opportunity to have known him for all these years, however, I don’t understand why his life has lasted so short. One day I will ask our Father in Heaven.
Reading the pieces of memories on Edd I realized how interesting and influential person he was and how many good things he has done for many lives.
I will never forget you Eddie – you were one on the ‘importing-others’ in my life.

1/14/2010 3:53 AM  
Blogger Basha said...

Eddie used to be my English teacher when he was working in Poland – years ago… We often talk about faith and God and we shared similar values – even though I am a Protestant. He became my friend and for many years he was someone I could always count on. Many times he has encouraged me. In one of our last emails he wrote:"Life is not about outstanding personal achievements. Nor is about being a pawn in someone else's game. Be independent! Stand up for the truth! Remember everything is passing away anyway.." I will never forget his frankness, sensitivity and sarcastic sense of humor which I loved so much. Thanks to him I spent a unforgettable few days in the Allen’s Hall Seminary. Then I’ve came to England to his ordination. I am glad that God gave me the opportunity to have known him for all these years, however, I don’t understand why his life has lasted so short. One day I will ask our Father in Heaven.
Reading the pieces of memories on Edd I realized how interesting and influential person he was and how many good things he has done for many lives.
I will never forget you Eddie – you were one on the ‘importing-others’ in my life.

1/14/2010 3:56 AM  

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