CATH NEWS REPORT: Fr Bill Crahan in the historic Yass presbytery, image from the report on the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn News website.
The second last of a contingent of Irish missionary priests who came to the Archdiocese after World War II has died, said a report on the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn News website.
Jesuit Fr John Eddy also died this week at Clare Holland House after a protracted battle with cancer. Fr Eddy, who had lived at the Jesuits' Yarralumla residence for more than 40 years, was held in high regard across Australia and internationally for his priestly ministry and his lecturing in Australian history at ANU.Fr Bill Crahan passed away peacefully at Calvary Haydon Village this week. He was 84.
Fr Crahan was ordained in St John Lateran Basilica, Rome, in February, 1953. His first position in Australia was as curate at Temora in 1954. He went on to serve in parishes around the southern highands of NSW before settling finally at Yass, where he was parish priest for 14 years until he retired.