The Diocese of Salford has shared the sad news of the passing of Fr John McKeown.
Fr McKeown was born on 8th August 1937 in Didsbury, Manchester, and baptised at St Augustine’s, York Street Manchester. He was educated at St Gregory’s High School. In 1957 John began studies with the Society of the Divine Word, firstly in Wales and then at Dunamon Castle in Co Roscommon.
He was accepted as an Ecclesiastical student for the Diocese of Salford in 1959 and studied at St Joseph’s College, Upholland, before being ordained to the priesthood at St Catherine’s, Didsbury, on 4th June 1966.
Fr McKeown served the Diocese of Salford in the following appointments:
1966-1967: St Joseph’s, Salford as assistant priest
1967-1971: Wardley Hall, assistant financial secretary and assistant priest at St Joseph’s
1969-1971: Ss Peter and Paul, Pendleton as priest and continuing at Wardley Hall
1971-1982: Chaplain, Xaverian College and St Edward’s, Rusholme, as assistant priest
1982-1984: Our Lady’s, Langley, Middleton, as assistant priest
1984-1986: St Malachy’s, Collyhurst, as parish priest
1986-1989: St Patrick and St Malachy as parish priest
1989-2016: St Mary’s, Failsworth, as parish priest
Fr McKeown retired in 2016 and resided at Cathedral House.
Throughout his life he was a well-loved and energetic priest who looked to serve his parishioners’ spiritual and pastoral needs.
The Bishop of Salford, John Arnold, celebrated a Requiem Mass at the Cathedral on Monday 28th August, which was streamed live.
Afterwards Fr McKeown was laid to rest in the family grave at Manchester’s Southern Cemetery.
May he rest in peace after a long life’s service to the Lord.