Father Bede died at lunchtime on Sunday 10th May. He spent many years working on the parish and built it up into a major work.
Fr Paul offers a reflection on Fr Bede’s life and asks for our prayers for the repose of his soul:
Fr Bede was clothed as a novice at Worth in 1958, and was ordained priest in 1963.
Just four years later, in 1967, he began his time in Peru, which was to influence his life so deeply. He was the first superior of the community which began in the Apurimac Valley, a post which he held until 1975. In this year the community moved to Lima, and Fr Bede established the parish in Las Flores and served as the first parish priest until he returned to England in 1978. While in Peru he became a an enthusiastic disciple and a friend of Fr Gustavo Gutierrez, the “Father” of Liberation Theology, and this spirituality, with its option for the poor, marked everything he did, most especially his pastoral work. Continue reading
From the Abbey’s Facebook page:
Please pray for the repose of the soul of our brother, Fr Bede Hill, 1931-2020, who died very peacefully during the Midday Prayer today, Sunday 10th. He had been in poor health for some time, and was nursed here at Worth by devoted care staff and his brethren.
Fr Bede was an agriculturist by training, arriving at Worth as Farm Manager in the 1950s, and entering the monastery as the first novice of the newly independent Worth in 1958. Bede was the pioneer who founded the Worth Abbey mission in Peru in the 1960s, first in the Apurimac Valley, and later in Lima.
Back in England from the 1980s he was an energetic Parish Priest, Diocesan Vicar for Religious, and member of the National Pastoral Congress in 1980.
In his later years he ‘retired’ to found a livery stable at Worth Abbey, building the sand school himself; later becoming monastery archivist and a passionate local historian.
We shall greatly miss this brother with so many gifts, seemingly eternally young and never short of a kind word. May he rest in peace.
Unfortunately, as you know, we cannot hold a public funeral now, but I am sure that, as soon as it is possible, we will have a memorial mass to which everyone will be invited.
Father Bede Remembered: a memoir from Gillian Maher.
Memories of Fr Bede from Julie Ann and John Mulhall: We invited him to join John and me for dinner one Sunday, well Saturday evening came and Fr Bede arrived for his dinner “the wrong night” and he came in and said, when reminded it was the wrong night, “funny l thought l couldn’t smell anything cooking”.
I remember one day cutting his hair and his head was covered in bee stings. When asked he said his head gear wasn’t fastened up properly and they’d got in. “What did you do?” l asked, imagining how awful it must have been, he calmly replied how he just went to the stables and they hosed him down! Dear Fr Bede, we will miss him