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Sad news - Fr Gerard Postlethwaite

#1
Many forum users who have attended Mass in English in the Cathedral of Santiago may have met Fr Gerard Postelthwaite. As a Parish Priest in Chard in England he also served as a Chaplain in the Camino Chaplaincy in Santiago, Terradillos de Los Templarios and in Moratinos.

One of his great ideas was to organise and lead a Spiritual Retreat whilst walking the Camino and just a few days ago he and a group of 15 pilgrims set off from Barcelos on the Camino Portuguese. Sadly on reaching Valenca Fr Postlethwaite died suddenly.

Fr Gerard was very well known and highly regarded. He served for 15 years in El Salvador and there has been a great outpouring of grief from across the world at his death.

Our thoughts at this time are with his family and all those who love him.

May he rest in peace
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#7
May he rest in peace.
Very sad news...a very good man called home too soon, at a time when the world badly needs good people.
Heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and spiritual brothers and sisters.
 
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#9
Many forum users who have attended Mass in English in the Cathedral of Santiago may have met Fr Gerard Postelthwaite. As a Parish Priest in Chard in England he also served as a Chaplain in the Camino Chaplaincy in Santiago, Terradillos de Los Templarios and in Moratinos.

One of his great ideas was to organise and lead a Spiritual Retreat whilst walking the Camino and just a few days ago he and a group of 15 pilgrims set off from Barcelos on the Camino Portuguese. Sadly on reaching Valenca Fr Postlethwaite died suddenly.

Fr Gerard was very well known and highly regarded. He served for 15 years in El Salvador and there has been a great outpouring of grief from across the world at his death.

Our thoughts at this time are with his family and all those who love him.

May he rest in peace
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God bless him and keep him. His pilgrimage here has ended, he's home now.
 
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#10
So sorry to read this. I never met him, but his name sounds familiar. Perhaps from the forum and references to the Camino chaplainacy? Regardless, he must have been very special. May he rest in peace.
 

oursonpolaire

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#11
I remember meeting him in Santiago and dining with him after he said a mass for a recently-deceased colleague at the Cathedral (his mass card pleased her parents greatly). He was a gentle and thoughtful priest, and good company at the table.
 
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#13
Many forum users who have attended Mass in English in the Cathedral of Santiago may have met Fr Gerard Postelthwaite. As a Parish Priest in Chard in England he also served as a Chaplain in the Camino Chaplaincy in Santiago, Terradillos de Los Templarios and in Moratinos.

One of his great ideas was to organise and lead a Spiritual Retreat whilst walking the Camino and just a few days ago he and a group of 15 pilgrims set off from Barcelos on the Camino Portuguese. Sadly on reaching Valenca Fr Postlethwaite died suddenly.

Fr Gerard was very well known and highly regarded. He served for 15 years in El Salvador and there has been a great outpouring of grief from across the world at his death.

Our thoughts at this time are with his family and all those who love him.

May he rest in peace
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Marbe2

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#16
I did not know fr. Gerard. May he rest well in peace! He died doing something he loved doing. May we all be so fortunate!
 
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#17
Many forum users who have attended Mass in English in the Cathedral of Santiago may have met Fr Gerard Postelthwaite. As a Parish Priest in Chard in England he also served as a Chaplain in the Camino Chaplaincy in Santiago, Terradillos de Los Templarios and in Moratinos.

One of his great ideas was to organise and lead a Spiritual Retreat whilst walking the Camino and just a few days ago he and a group of 15 pilgrims set off from Barcelos on the Camino Portuguese. Sadly on reaching Valenca Fr Postlethwaite died suddenly.

Fr Gerard was very well known and highly regarded. He served for 15 years in El Salvador and there has been a great outpouring of grief from across the world at his death.

Our thoughts at this time are with his family and all those who love him.

May he rest in peace
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Deeply saddened to learn of his passing. Rest in Peace, Padre.
 

MichaelB10398

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#19
Reports of the passing of acquaintances, friends, and loved ones are always bitter-sweet. I am seldom saddened that a servant of God is called home, yet I often mourn over the void of missing their influence in my life.

Fr. Gerard was surely one of the choice ones. I am selfish enough to hope that when my time comes that I may do so with my boots on.

May his loved ones be comforted and may he be richly blessed on his return home.
 

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