Hundreds gathered at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral for the funeral Mass following several days of prayer, tributes, Masses paying respects to Bishop Barry Jones who passed away last Saturday aged 74.
Faith leaders, civic leaders and the Catholic community joined with his family for the Requiem Mass led by Cardinal John Dew yesterday.
Cardinal Dew began by acknowledging Bishop Barry's siblings, their families and the priests, religious and lay faithful who we're mourning the loss of their beloved brother, uncle, bishop and friend. He assured them that he and his brother bishops along with many throughout New Zealand held them in prayer at this time.
The Diocesan staff and Bishop Barry's family had worked very hard in the last week to arrange the week of memorials which would pay a fitting tribute reflecting the spirit in which he lived and ministered to others-in a humble, prayerful and loving way.
"He was a man who didn't like a fuss made over him, but it was important to all of us in the Diocese and wider community that, along with his two brothers and sister and family, we pray for him, pay tribute to his life, faith and ministry, and acknowledge all that his he has meant for us as a wonderful leader in the wide and rich service he has given to others as priest and Bishop." said Fr Rick Loughnan, Administrator of the Christchurch Diocese.
"We were heartened to have Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews attend and pay her respects. She was a supportive friend to Bishop Barry in particular in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes. We were also honoured to have the Rt. Hon. Gerry Brownlee, Hon. David Carter, Hon Clayton Cosgrove and Her Worship the Mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel. The presence of our civic leaders was a sign of his presence and leadership in the wider community." Said Fr Loughnan.
Bishop Basil Meeking emeritus bishop of Christchurch gave the homily, describing the many things that Bishop Barry had been involved during his priestly ministry which spanned close to 50 years. He highlighted his grasp of tikanga Maori and Te Reo and his time as Chaplain to Maori in the Christchurch Diocese. He also described the dedication and commitment he had to his ministry and in later years to his leadership as bishop.
His ministry to Maori as a priest and then later as a bishop was a big part of his life. So it was fitting that he spent some time lying in state in the care of Te Rangimarie Marae on Thursday.
"His time this week at Te Rangimarie was moving and very special – many people took time to pay their respects, both from the Catholic and the wider Maori community. Also the Samoan community was invited to pay their respects to the Bishop at Te Rangimarie." Fr Loughnan said.
Bishop Barry was very supportive of the Carmelite sisters in Christchurch and his body was taken to the Carmelite monastery at the start of the week. During those days the Carmelite nuns prayed the morning and evening prayer of the Church and stayed vigil by his side overnight.
Bishop Barry’s Funeral
Sounds Catholic has produced a programme of the Vigil and Funeral Masses offered for Bishop Barry in the Pro-Cathedral
Vigil Mass: Sounds Catholic February 21 2016.mp3
Funeral Mass: Sounds Catholic February 28 2016.mp3
View a copy of the Mass booklet used at the Vigil Mass and the Requiem
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