With great sorrow Wel-Com records the sudden death of Mgr Tim Hannigan of St Patrick’s parish Napier.
Mgr Tim collapsed and died during Communion and just after baptising a baby at Mass on Sunday 28 April.
The Dominion Post quotes former St Patrick’s parish priest Fr Paul Kerridge as saying Mgr Tim ‘had not shown any previous signs of illness, and was fine during the homily’.
Parishioner Ross Allan said Mgr Tim was a ‘pillar of the community who did everything he could to help those in need, including the homeless who showed up at his door’.
Mgr Tim emigrated from Ireland in 1956 and served as a priest in Levin, Palmerston North and Ohura before becoming parish priest in Napier in 1979.
He was 81.