Fr Francis Gormley OMI

Fr Francis Gormley OMI

Born on 25 September 1942, at Garvahul- lion, Drumquin, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Frank was the eldest of a family of one girl and five boys. The family moved to Harold’s Cross, Dublin when he was very young. He remembered his early years as a time of working hard, helping his father with daily milk rounds and later bread rounds, and looking after the family shop.

When he entered the Oblate novitiate in September 1966, Frank had already worked for some years as a barman in Morrissey’s of Cork Street and completed his secondary education with the Jesuits at Apostolic School, Mungret College, Co. Limerick, where he also studied philosophy. So, he was able to proceed directly from the novitiate to studies in theology at the Obate Scholasticate, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny, where he made his profession as an Oblate of Mary Immaculate in 1970. He was or- dained priest at St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny on 13 June 1971.

Frank devoted his life to pastoral work in parishes in Britain and Ireland. He was ut- terly committed to his work, prepared carefully, kept himself up to date through daily reading and study. Prayer was central to his life as a human being and priest. He was aware of his own vulnerability to life’s pressures and losses, but he understood with St Paul, that through God’s power at work in him, his vulnerability, his wounds, could also become his strength as a sensitive and committed pastor.

Fellow Oblates who worked with Frank describe him as ‘a hard worker, a conscientious pastor who was gentle and perceptive with people and always totally attentive to the person in real need’; ‘he was a details person who, for example, worked meticulously to get to know each person whose Funeral Mass he would be celebrating, in order to do so as well as possible’.

All who knew him will know the care that Frank took in his pastoral work in parishes and schools. A deeply serious man with regard to ministry, he was also courteous, sociable, good company, and incredibly well informed about English soccer. He had been a vigourous footballer in his early days, described by some as ‘hard as nails’! He was also an enthusiastic supporter of Manchester United.

As his health began to fail, he accepted gracefully and calmly the limitations of failing memory. Those beautiful gifts of courtesy, sensitivity, gratitude and simplicity that marked his life came to the fore in illness and retirement. It was always a pleasure to sit and chat with him over a cup of tea, and help him recall and relive the past as his short-term memory grew weak.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Fr Francis Gormley OMI

1942 – 2020


1971 – ‘73     1973 – ‘82    1982 – ‘85    1985 – ‘86   1986 – ‘87    1987 – ‘94   1994 – ‘97   1997 – ‘98   1998 – 2010  2010 – ‘11    2011 – ‘13   2013 – ‘19   2019 – ‘20

House of Retreat, Dublin – missions Quex Rd, Kilburn – parish ministry Eastwood, Kent – Pastor
Belmont House, Dublin

San Antonio, Texas – sabbatical House of Retreat, Dublin – missions St Michael’s Parish, Dublin – parish Wester Hailes, Scotland – parish
St Teresa’s Parish, Norris Green Berkeley, CA, USA – sabbatical
St Joseph’s Parish, Colwyn Bay Anglesey Centre of Mission
OMI Community, Inchicore – retired










7 August 2020

Mary Immaculate Church Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8.

Gathering Procession & Reception

Entrance hymn: How Great Thou Art

liturgy of the word

A reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes

For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven;
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to break down and a time to build up;
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek and a time to lose;
a time to keep and a time to cast away,
a time to reap and a time to sow;
a time to speak and a time to keep silent;
a time to love and a time for peace.
God made everything beautiful in its own time.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial psalm: The Lord is My Shepherd
A reading from the letter of Saint Paul to Timothy

As for me, my life is already being poured away like an offering and the time has come for me to leave this life.
I have fought the good fight to the end;
I have run the race to the finish;

I have kept the faith;
all there is to come now is the reward reserved for me, which the Lord,
the just judge will give me on that Day;
And not only to me
But to all those who wait with love for him to appear.

The word of the Lord.


Alleluia! Alleluia!
Blessed are those who die in the Lord;
let them rest from their labours for their good deeds go with them. Alleluia!

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus said to his followers:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled or upset.
There are many rooms in my Father’s house,
If there were not I would have told you.
And I am going now to prepare a place for you,
so that where I am you may be too.
And after I go and prepare you a place,
I will come back and take you to myself,
so that where I am, you may be too.
You know the way, to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him,
“Lord, we do not know where you are going
so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

The Gospel of the Lord.


Offertory hymn:

Communion hymn: Hymn at Incense:

Recessional hymn:

Ag Críst an Síol

Lead Kindly Light
May the Road Rise to Meet You

The Bells of the Angelus 

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