Death of Bishop Francis Gerard Brooks

September 7, 2010

The death has taken place of the former bishop of Dromore, Dr Francis Gerard Brooks, at the age of 86.  He died peacefully at his home, Drumilleer House, Jerrettspass on Saturday morning.

A native of Rathfriland, Dr Brooks  was ordained a priest in 1949 and taught in St Colman’s College until his appointment as Bishop of Dromore in 1975, in succession to Bishop O’Doherty.

He was ordained bishop in Newry cathedral on January 25 1976 by Cardinal Conway, Bishop O’Doherty and Papal Nuncio Archbishop Alibrandi.  Dr Brooks retired from active ministry in 1999 and was succeeded by the present bishop Dr John Mc Areavey.

Bishop Brooks’ remains were removed from his home on Sunday to the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Colman where he will lie in state until Requiem Mass is celebrated tomorrow (Tuesday) September 7 at 12.00 noon.