CNA Staff, May 18, 2020 / 11:30 am
An English bishop died Monday after contracting the coronavirus.
The Archdiocese of Liverpool said that Bishop Vincent Malone, 88, died on the morning of May 18 at the Royal Liverpool Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. He is at least the fourth bishop to die of the coronavirus
Joe Anderson, the mayor of Liverpool, paid tribute to the bishop on Twitter, describing him as “a true gentleman, a humble and dedicated man whose mission was to serve God, the archdiocese and the people of Liverpool. He did it very well.”
Bishop Malone was an auxiliary bishop of Liverpool archdiocese from 1989 to 2006, when he reached the retirement age of 75. But he continued to serve as a vicar general and trustee of the archdiocese until last year. He remained a canon of the Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter until his death.
In 1982, he served as the northern regional coordinator of John Paul II’s trip to the U.K., overseeing the pope’s landmark visit to Liverpool’s Catholic and Anglican cathedrals.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster recalled that as a young priest he had lived at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral’s clergy house when the then Msgr. Malone was in charge.
“Above all I remember his endless patience to get right every aspect of the work of the cathedral; his unfailing courtesy with every person he met, even those who were occasionally very difficult; his kindness to those in need who came to the door,” he said.
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool said: “His mild and polite manner found its fulfillment in his ministry as a priest and bishop which was characterized by unfailing kindness and respect to all those he met and served. Bishop Vincent told me that he enjoyed being an auxiliary bishop because it kept him close to people.”