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View Record Number 6104 - Fr. Donald Joseph MacKay

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Name:Fr. Donald Joseph MacKay
Address:St Peter's RC Church
Isle of South Uist
Originally from:Garrynamonie
Place of death:Uist & Barra Hospital
Date of funeral:17/08/2017
Funeral Location:St. Peter's RC Church, Daliburgh
Additional Info:"Donald MacKay was born and grew up in Garrynamonie, South Uist, where his father Alex was head teacher and his mother Kirsty was also a teacher at the local school. He was ordained as a priest in 1976 and spent several years in Spain where he became vice-rector of the Royal Scots College there, first in Valladolid and later Salamanca. He returned to Scotland as priest at St Peter's Church, Daliburgh, on his native South Uist, where a special anniversary service in July last year, attended by church leaders from Argyll and the Isles and beyond, celebrated his 40 years in the priesthood.
Commenting on Canon MacKay's death, Bishop Brian McGee of Argyll and the Isles said: “Fr Donald Mackay was a much-loved priest and native of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles, always dedicated to the priesthood and greatly respected by his brother priests and by me, his Bishop. His loss will be keenly felt, far beyond his beloved South Uist. His dedication was such that he continued to celebrate Mass for the sick of the Diocese over the last two years, while debilitated and weakened by his illness and the treatment he required. In doing so, he offered an inspiring example of priestly witness.
"Fr Donald was a witty and sociable man who loved to be among friends, all of whom will miss his dry wit and easy manner. He was able to concelebrate Mass with me in hospital the day before he passed away. A Gaelic speaker, he was a great promoter of the Gaelic liturgy, and he trained a lot of priests at his time at the Royal Scots College at Salamanca, so a lot of priests looked up to him, and went to him for advice. Despite suffering from cancer at the end of his life, Canon MacKay continued to give a public witness. He still said Mass, went into schools, visited the sick, even when he was obviously in pain. He gave everything right to the end."
Canon Donald MacKay died on Sunday 13 August in the Uist & Barra Hospital in Benbecula, just 17 days before he had been looking forward to drawing his state pension, according to friends. A Requiem Mass was held for him at his beloved St Peter's Church, Daliburgh, South Uist, on Thursday, 17 August. (As written in the Scottish Catholic Observer by Phil Davison)


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