Former Parish Priest of St Sebastian's, Fairfield, Liverpool, Father Patrick Kelly, has died at the sge of 78. Father Pat, a cousin of Archbishop Patrick Kelly, died pecefully on the morning of thursday 5 January 2012 at Ince Blundell Hall.
Patrick Kelly was born in Liverpool on the 1st March 1933, the son of Charles and Josephine, and baptised at St Anne’s, Overbury Street. His early education took place in Co. Donegal and the Dominican College, Dublin. His ecclesiastical studies were undertaken at St joseph's College, Upholland, and he was ordained to the priesthood in the Crypt of the Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool, on 28th May 1961.
His first appointment was to St Oswald’s, Ashton-in-Makerfield and then, the following year, he was appointed to St Elizabeth’s, Litherland. In 1966 he had a brief appointment at St Matthew’s, Clubmoor, before beginning a seven-year appointment at Sacred Heart, Leigh. For two years from 1974 he was at St Bede’s, Widnes, followed by a year at St Ambrose, Speke, and then five years at Blessed Sacrament, Walton Vale. In 1982 he was appointed parish priest of St Sebastian’s, Fairfield, Liverpool, where he remained until his retirement to Woolton in 2009. Following a period of illness he had been resident at Ince Blundell Hall for some months.
His body will be received into St Sebastian’s Church, Fairfield, Liverpool, for Mass at 5.00 pm on Sunday 15 January when Auxiliary Bishop, Tom Williams, will be the Celebrant.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Sebastian’s Church on Monday 16 January at 12 noon, when Archbishop Patrick Kelly will be the Celebrant. Burial will be at Allerton Cemetery. May he rest in peace.