We are sad to announce that Fr Luke Magee passed away at St. Mary’s Residential Care Home in Ebchester on September 29th.
Fr. Luke was born in Toomebridge, County Antrim, on 6 October 1930. In 1947 he entered the novitiate of the Passionists in Broadway. He was professed on 23 October 1948 and continued his studies for the priesthood in Ilkley and Sutton (St. Helens), where he was ordained on 22 July 1955.
For a number of years he lived in Blythe Hall and worked as a teacher, mainly teaching Greek and Latin.
In 1971 Fr. Luke was appointed rector at Minsteracres Retreat Centre, a post which he held till 1989. He contributed greatly to the development of the retreat centre and undertook a number of initiatives.
He was heavily involved in the development of the Beginning Experience for the widowed, separated and divorced in the North of England and during his time Minsteracres also saw the development of the Manpower Service for the unemployed in the 1970s and 80s.
Fr. Luke was also instrumental in facilitating the arrival of the Selly Park Sisters in the 1970s which started a fruitful partnership and led to an ongoing innovative expression of community life at Minsteracres.
In 1989 Fr. Luke was elected as provincial superior of the Passionists in England, Wales and Sweden (St. Joseph’s Province) and in 1993 he was re-elected for a second term.
In 1999 he moved to St. Helens to work in the parish of St. Anne and Blessed Dominic. During this time he co-facilitated the handing on of the parish to the diocese and the departure of the Passionists from St. Helens.
In 2004 Fr. Luke returned to Minsteracres to assume pastoral leadership of St. Elizabeth’s parish. Due to his declining health he resigned in 2009 but continued to help out in the parish.
In 2013 he moved to St. Mary’s Residential Care Home in Ebchester where he died in the early hours of 29 September 2015.
His funeral is at St Elizabeth’s Minsteracres at 1pm on Friday October 9th.