:: icStaines – Hundreds remember stabbed priest ::
Apr 3 2007
Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of a parish priest killed in the grounds of his vicarage.
The requiem mass for Father Paul Bennett, 59, was held at St Fagan’s Church in Trecynon, near Aberdare, south Wales, where he had been vicar for five years and just yards from where he was stabbed to death.
It has emerged that Father Bennett, who died three weeks ago, was profoundly deaf, and he was praised for the way he coped with his disability.
The service started at noon, but friends, family and parishioners started to arrive hours before. The funeral cortege made its way from the vicarage, where the devoted family man lived with his wife Georgina, children Emma, 32, and Nigel, 34, and grandson John, 11, to the church next door. The Archbishop of Wales, the Most Rev Dr Barry Morgan, led the service, which was attended by many members of the clergy.
Father Bennett’s long-time friend, the Assistant Bishop of Llandaff the Rt Rev David Yeoman, paid an emotional tribute to him during the 90-minute mass. He said: “As we all know Paul was profoundly deaf. What a challenge that must have been in a ministry that demands listening skills, but with his determination he managed it well.” Continue