There is sadness in the diocese of Hexham & Newcastle today following the death of Fr Vincent Melia, a resident of St Joseph's Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Newcastle. He and his brother, Fr Michael, had been resident here for only a short time following Fr Vincent's health problems which forced his move from his parish of St Matthews in Ponteland just outside of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Fr Vincent was a regular celebrant of EF Masses in the diocese especially when a weekly Sunday Mass was allowed at St Dominic's Priory in Newcastle by permission of the then Bishop Ambrose Griffiths OSB (RIP) overseen by Jack Harvey, the Diocesan Representative of the LMS, and with kind permission of Fr Colin Carr OP then the Prior. That Mass continues even today.
Fr Vincent was a much loved PP of St Matthews and was a staunch pro-life supporter. He was also a Member of Honour of the Knights of St Columba and fully supported, with his parishioners, the work of that Order.
Details of the funeral are still to be made but we ask your prayers and Masses for the repose of the soul of a good and holy priest. Requiescat in Pace.