Bishop Leo McCartie, Bishop Emeritus of Northampton died on the evening of Thursday 23rd April in St Joseph’s Home in Birmingham, aged 94.
Last July Bishop Leo celebrated 70 years of priesthood with Mass attended by the then current Bishop of Northampton, Bishop Peter Doyle (now Emeritus) and Archbishop Kevin McDonald who replaces Bishop Leo in Northampton. Bishop Leo was born in Hartlepool on the 5th September 1925 and having been a priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, Fr Leo was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham in 1977 then in February 1990 he was appointed the tenth Bishop of Northampton. He retired in 2001 having reached the retirement age of 75 after 43 years as an active Bishop. He was the oldest living Bishop in England and Wales. He is remembered as a pastoral man of God who relentlessly shared the Gospel through word and action.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.