Trinity Sunday sAs we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, the June issue of the Hallam News explores evidence of the Holy Spirit at work in our Diocese.

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The Queen distributes Maundy Money at Sheffield Cathedral Photograph courtesy of The Sheffield Star

We look back at ways in which people observed Holy Week and we feature especially people from our Diocese who, having devoted so much of their life and work to the good of others, were recipients of Maundy Money when the Queen visited Sheffield.

In the second reading for the Mass of the Most Holy Trinity St Paul tells us “Everyone moved by the Spirit is a Son of God” and “We are children of God.  And if we are children we are heirs as well.”

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Fr Terry Tolan concelebrates Mass on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee in 2010 with Bishop John at St William of York, Sheffield

We look back on the life of Fr Terry Tolan, who died recently.  We thank God for his life and work and pray that he is now enjoying the glory shared with God that St Paul goes on to talk about.


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Fr Terry Tolan Photograph: JFR

Fr Terry Tolan died on Monday, 20 April and his Requiem Mass was celebrated on 30 April at St William of York Church in Sheffield.

Fr Terry was ordained on 12 June, 1960.  He spent almost 55 years of priesthood and is remembered by all who knew him for his care and commitment to others.

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On 16 October, 2011 Fr Terry Tolan retired from St William of York, Sheffield and celebrated with parishioners with a special cake

He was a curate in various parishes in the Leeds Diocese.  He was parish priest at Our Lady of Sorrows and St Francis in Armthorpe, the Holy Spirit, Dronfield and St William’s in Sheffield, from where he retired in 2011.

In addition to his work as parish priest, Fr Terry was committed to Catholic Education and was a Governor for a number of years at St Mary’s High School in Chesterfield, where staff still speak of him with great affection.  As a curate he was a Chaplain to St Ann’s Secondary School in Keighley.

More recently Fr Terry showed great dedication to the needs of the community of St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield, where his hard work is much appreciated.

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Fr Terry was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Lady Anne Neill for his 15 years of ministry at St Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield

We thank God that Fr Terry listened to the call of the Holy Spirit and devoted his life to the priesthood.