Just before Christmas on Wednesday 20th December 2023, Fr. Clement Marshall, a retired priest of the Diocese who was living in Northern Ireland, died. Please pray for the repose of his soul. His funeral was on Saturday 23rd December and he was buried at Mill Town Cemetery, Belfast. May he rest in peace.
Fr. Clement was born on 18th March 1934 in Belfast. He joined the Missionary Company of Mary, also known as the Montfort Fathers, and was ordained to the priesthood on 21st February 1959 in Church Stretton.
He was sent on mission to the Diocese of Portsmouth in 1985. He first served as a priest-in-charge between 1985 and 1989 at St Andrew’s, Romsey. From 1989 till 1990, he was the assistant priest at St Edward’s, Windsor. Afterwards, he served as priest-in-charge at St Saviour’s, Totland Bay, from 1991 till 1999. He was incardinated in the Diocese in 1991. From 1999 till 2004 he was the parish priest of St Mary and St Philip, Fordingbridge. He retired in 2004. During his retirement he lived in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight and Romsey. Since 2011, Clement has lived in Belfast.
One of seven brothers, three of them being priests, Clement leaves behind his brother Patrick, and a number of nephews and nieces.
Let us thank God for his loving service to the people whom he was called to serve. May the Lord grant him eternal rest in the love that he so generously served through his ministry.
Hear with favour our prayers, which we humbly offer, O Lord, for the salvation of the soul of Clement, your servant and Priest, that he, who devoted a faithful ministry to your name, may rejoice in the perpetual company of your Saints.
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