RIP Fr John McKeown Obituary and Funeral Notice

Friday 11th September 2020

We are sorry to share the sad news that Fr John McKeown died peacefully through the night of 1 September 2020.

Please remember him in your prayers. May he rest in peace.

John was born on 8th August 1937 in Didsbury, Manchester and baptised at St Augustine’s, York Street Manchester. He was educated at St Gregory’s High School. In 1957 John began studies with the Society of the Divine Word, firstly in Wales and then at Dunamon Castle in Co Roscommon.

John was accepted as an Ecclesiastical student for the Diocese of Salford in 1959 and studied at St Joseph’s College, Upholland. Fr John McKeown was ordained to the Priesthood at St Catherine’s, Didsbury on 4th June 1966.

Fr McKeown served the Diocese of Salford in the following appointments:

1966-1967:  St. Joseph’s, Salford as Assistant Priest

1967-1971:  Wardley Hall, Assistant Financial Secretary and Assistant Priest at St Joseph’s

1969-1971:  Ss. Peter and Paul, Pendleton as Priest and continuing at Wardley Hall

1971-1982:  Chaplain, Xaverian College and St. Edward’s, Rusholme as Assistant Priest

1982-1984:  Our Lady’s, Langley, Middleton as Assistant Priest

1984-1986:  St. Malachy’s, Collyhurst as Parish Priest

1986-1989:  St. Patrick and St. Malachy as Parish Priest

1989-2016:  St. Mary’s, Failsworth as Parish Priest

Fr John retired in 2016 and resided at Cathedral House.

Bishop John will celebrate a Requiem Mass at the Cathedral on Monday 28th September at 10:00am.

In line with current government guidelines, the number of attendees is limited and capacity has already been reached. The Mass will be live streamed and you will be able to access it from this link:

Fr John will be laid to rest in the family grave at Southern Cemetery.

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