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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

RIP: The Venerable Fr Howard Levett SSC

Fr Howard at Diocesan Synod 2015
It is with great sadness that I convey the news of the death of the Venerable Fr Howard Levett SSC. He died on Monday 13th December at the Royal Free Hospital in London, where he was admitted last Tuesday the 6th. He was 72. He had battled with cancer a while back and the disease had returned and spread. During his last days, he received many visitors, mostly former parishioners and clergy friends and colleagues. I visited him just hours before his death. He was already unconscious, but I was able to pray for him and for the visitors who were around his bedside, and to anoint him in the sacrament of Holy Unction.

Fr Howard has had a rich ministry as a priest. Ordained in 1969, he has served in the Dioceses of Southwark, and London, as well as in Egypt as Archdeacon for 14 years. In our Diocese he was Chaplain of St George's Venice and Christ Church Trieste from 2010 to 2015. He was a member of our Diocesan Synod until his retirement.

So many will miss his wise pastoral ministry, his gifts as a teacher of the Faith, his keen wit and sense of humour, and his excellent company.
God of love, receive into your presence your servant Howard whom you have called from this life. Welcome him into the company of your saints, in the kingdom of light and peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord.


  1. May flights of angels sing him to his rest...

  2. Ave Maria, gratia plena,
    Dominus tecum, benedicta tu in mulieribus,
    et benedictus fructus ventris tui Iesus.
    Sancta Maria mater Dei,
    ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
    nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae.
    ci sarà purtroppo mancate, le tue parole sono state fonte di ispirazione, e chiedo a Maria Santissima, Madre di Dio, per tenere la tua anima e prendere al nostro Padre Gesù Cristo.

  3. Ciao padre Howard...ho saputo in ritardo della tua partenza verso il cielo. Sono stata contenta di essere l'organista della tu comunita' di Trieste per qualche anno ed ero sempre contenta di venirti a prendere alla stazione quando arrivavi e di riportarti quando partivi. Ho sempre sentito che eri un uomo buono ,gentile e un pastore amico del suo gregge...Che il Signore ti accolga nel suo regno che tu non ti sei mai risparmiato di annunciare.Ciao padre Howard..arrivederci in cielo. GIGLIOLA.