The funeral of Mgr. James Clancy

St. Michael’s Dumbarton was packed out for the funeral of Mgr. James Clancy on 13 November, a testimony to the affection in which he was held within the Archdiocese. Archbishop Tartaglia was joined by Archbishop Emeritus Conti, Archbishop Cushley and Bishop Toal and many priests of the Archdiocese to mark his passing. And for a while the congregation was also joined by a little robin which flew back and forth in the church, at one point joining the choir in the choir loft, and brought a smile to many faces before leaving by a side door. Mgr. Jim would surely have smiled too.

As Archbishop Tartaglia reflected in his homily, it seemed like no time since we had celebrated Mgr. Clancy’s Golden Jubilee (in March 2017) but now we united in prayer for the repose of his soul, sad but joyful too because of our (and his) faith in Christ, and remembered him with love and esteem. The Archbishop reminded the congregation of the various offices Mgr Clancy had held since his ordination in Rome in 1967, but said that he had worn his honours lightly.

The music of the Mass, provided by the parish choir and its organist, Dr. Noel Donnelly, included one of Mgr. Jim’s favourite hymns, with its reminder of the Papal visit of Pope St. John Paul II, Turn to Me, a hymn which had also been sung at his Golden Jubilee.


A view of the crowded church