On 14 April 2011, Croy bade farewell to a much loved son, Fr. Peter Clinton, who died at the age of 88. The church of Holy Cross, Croy, was crowded for the funeral Mass, concelebrated by Archbishop Conti and a large number of Fr. Peter’s fellow priests. The music of the Mass was supported by the Croy Male Voice Choir and Croy Silver Band.
In the reflection, Mgr. Hugh Bradley opened with a quote from St. John Eudes – “the greatest gift of God’s mercy is to send worthy priests…”, priests to touch and influence people, and Fr. Peter was one such priest. His was a late vocation. He had worked as a miner and a bookmaker before answering the Lord’s call. He loved the Lord and he loved being a priest. The beautiful image from the first reading of the Mass (Daniel 12:1-3) could truly be applied to him as he had indeed instructed many in virtue and, like so many Croy natives, he was a straight talker!
The Mass was a warm, community occasion, with the congregation participating wholeheartedly, and the final lovely touch was the singing of “Take me home” (with its mining links) by the Croy Male Voice Choir as the post-Communion reflection.