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Ampleforth Abbey bell tolls after death of Father Rupert Everest
8:27am Monday 12th August 2013 in News
THE bell at Ampleforth Abbey has tolled 82 times to mark each year in the life of a monk who has died after serving the monastic community since 1950.
Father Rupert Everest, of Ampleforth Abbey, died peacefully in the monastery infirmary on Friday.
Born in London, he was educated at Ampleforth College, studied geography at Oxford, and was ordained in 1959.
He was senior geography master in the school, chaplain to the domestic staff, and assistant procurator before spending more than 30 years working in parishes, including Liverpool, where he wrote a newspaper column.
From 1978 to 1979, Fr Rupert had a year’s sabbatical at the Irish Institute of Pastoral Liturgy, Carlow, where he gained a Pontifical Diploma. He resumed his work in the parishes, ending up in Ampleforth itself.
At 75, Fr Rupert retired as parish priest of the village and continued to work as chaplain to one of the school boarding Houses, but began to suffer ill health.
Fr Rupert’s body will be received into the Abbey Church at Ampleforth at 8.15pm on Thursday. His funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Abbey Church on Friday at 11.30am, followed by burial in the Monks’ Wood.