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Death of the Most Reverend Alphonsus Penney, Archbishop Emeritus of St. John’s

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penney(CCCB – Ottawa)... The Most Reverend Alphonsus L. Penney, Archbishop Emeritus of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, died on 12 December 2017 in St. John's at the age of 93. After 12 years as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. John's, he had submitted his resignation to the Holy Father at the age of 67 which was accepted on 2 February 1991.

Archbishop Penney was born on 17 September 1924 in St. John's. After earning licentiates in philosophy and theology at the former St. Paul's Seminary, Ottawa, he was ordained a priest in 1949 for the Archdiocese of St. John's. On 23 November 1972 he was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Falls, and on 5 April 1979 became Archbishop of St. John's. As a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Penney served on the former Commission for Relations with Associations of Priests, Religious and Laity (the dates are not available), the former English Sector Commission for Christian Education (1974-1977 and 1979-1983), the former Administrative Board, now Permanent Council (1975-1979), the former Pastoral Team for Study and Action (1975-1979), the former English Sector Commission for Social Communications, of which he was Chairman (1983-1987), and the former Commission for Ministries and the Apostolate (1987-1989). He was also the Vice President (1982-1985) and then President (1985-1986) of the Atlantic Episcopal Assembly. Archbishop Penney received an honorary doctor of laws in 1980 from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The remains of the Most Reverend Alphonsus L. Penney will lie in state in the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, St. John's, on 14 December, from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with a Vigil beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the Cathedral Basilica on 15 December at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the priests' plot at the Belvedere Cemetery.

Last Updated on Thursday, December 14 2017  
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