(wedding photo above: Sylvia Ludlow)
Francis Gerard Wearden was born in Preston on 11 September 1933 and was baptised at St Anne’s, Blackburn. He was educated at St Mary’s School, Radcliffe and at Thornleigh College, Bolton before entering Upholland College in 1951. He was ordained by Bishop Beck at Radcliffe on 16 June 1957.
1957-1964 St Ambrose, West Didsbury Assistant priest
1964-1966 St Luke’s, Irlams o’th’ Height Assistant priest
1966-1968 St Alban, Blackburn Assistant priest
1968-1975 St Joseph, Ramsbottom Assistant priest
1975-1980 St George, Nelson Parish priest
1980-1981 St Peter, Mill Hill, Blackburn Parish priest and Rural Dean in St Cuthbert’s Deanery, Blackburn
1981-1988 Sacred Heart, Colne Parish priest
1988-1989 Sabatical year
1989-1998 St Joseph, Ramsbottom Parish priest
Deteriorating health led to his death on 25 November 1998. After Requiem Mass on Thursday 3 December 1998 he was buried in Ramsbottom Cemetery.
(wedding photo right: 1971 John and Eileen Cryer at St Joseph's Ramsbottom)
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- Any further information/stories about Fr Wearden, especially of his time at St Luke's
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