Deacon Michael McGlynn, who served at St Mary, Birchley, died suddenly on Tuesday 4 August at Wigan Infirmary, aged 74 years. He had been a deacon for 24 years.
Michael Thomas McGlynn was born on 17 May 1946. He married Christine at St Mary’s, Birchley on 2 August 1975, and together they had two daughters, Clare and Lisa. He was a teacher and finished his career as an assistant headteacher. He was ordained to the permanent diaconate at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on 23 June 1996 to serve at St Mary’s, Birchley.
The following was posted on the parish Facebook page: ‘With deepest regret we announce the sudden passing of Deacon Mike McGlynn of St Mary’s, Birchley. Our love, prayers and condolences are extended to Mike’s wife, Chris, his daughters, Clare and Lisa, his grandchildren and wider family.
‘Mike served Birchley parish tirelessly and without reserve. His ministry of service to the Archdiocese and alongside Father Paul Harris (and Father Bernard Jackson) will be forever appreciated, furthermore – and most especially – by the countless people he ministered to as a deacon of the Church.
‘For the babies baptised, the couples married, the sick visited, the homilies preached, the dead buried: May God reward you and grant you a place at the Liturgy of Heaven.’
Deacon Michael’s Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday 14 August at St Mary’s, Birchley, prior to interment in the churchyard.