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Dunkeld pays tribute to priest who served for nearly 65 years

Bishop Stephen Robson of Dunkeld paid tribute to to a priest who served the diocese for nearly 65 years.

On Thursday April 30, Mgr Charles Hendry, parish priest of St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Perth, died in Perth Royal Infirmary at 3.45PM.

The bishop said he has ‘great gratitude’ for his priestly like, which was ‘filled with service to his people and to the diocese.’

“There are no plans yet for his funeral, which will be difficult to organise during the present restrictions, but I will let you know of the arrangements as soon as they are made,” he said.

“Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mgr Hendry, for all his friends in the priesthood and for the many contacts Mgr Charlie had beyond the diocese.”

Many years of service

Mgr Hendry would have marked 65 years as a priest in July.

Bishop Robson is hopeful that the anniversary date can be used as a Solemn Requiem Mass for the repose of the priest’s soul.

He added: “Please pray for Mgr Hendry’s family, especially for his remaining brother, Tom, and for his nephews and nieces, including Deacon Charles Hendry.”

At St John the Baptist’s Church, Perth, Canon Steven Mulholland paid tribute to his brother priest.

“The memories we treasure, of a parish priest and pastor and teacher, of a friend and colleague and mentor, will form I am sure, a tribute to someone who gave so much to so many,” he said.


“Everything Mgr did as a priest—every Holy Mass celebrated, every sermon preached, every baby baptised, every couple married, every sick person anointed, every lonely person visited, every child affirmed and taught, every parishioner supported and upheld, every hospital ward attended, every deathbed sat beside, every soul commended to God, every mourning family comforted—every one of these things is nothing other than the love of God lived out in our world and in our lives, lived out in the ministry of the Church which is the body of Christ, and through the Sacred order of the priesthood to which Mgr was called 65 years ago.”

He added: “As we celebrate God’s love in the life of our departed brother, we are marking the end of a life. But we are also celebrating the end of a life, not end in the sense of termination, but end in the sense of purpose or goal. Monsignor’s life was directed by, and directed towards, the love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Easter faith which he proclaimed sustains and assures us that if there is an end of things, it is only the end, the goal, of the love which will not be contained and bursts the realms of emptiness and death.”

“I commend his grieving family and his sweet soul to your prayers.”

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