Death of Fr Gerry Iverson: community mourns a much-loved priest
|Fr Gerry Iverson's Farewell Mass, 13 February 2011. Photo: John McInerney|
A Funeral Mass for Our Lady Queen of Peace Greystanes Parish Emeritus Pastor Rev Dr Gerald Iverson was held at 11am on Friday 2 March.
Fr Gerry Iverson died on Friday 24 February 2012. In recent years, he suffered from Parkinson’s Disease. His final months were spent at Rosary Village in Fairfield.
The Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Greystanes. The Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, was the Principal Celebrant at the Mass. Homilist for the Mass was Archdiocese of Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Most Rev Geoffrey Robinson.
The Mass was concelebrated by Parramatta’s Bishops Emeriti, Most Rev Kevin Manning and Most Rev Bede Heather; Archbishop Emeritus of Canberra & Goulburn, Most Rev Frank Carroll; Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle, Most Rev Bill Wright; and priests of the dioceses of Parramatta, Wagga Wagga, Maitland-Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne.
More than 900 people filled the church with another 100 seated in Camilleri Hall. In St Pauls Catholic College, 500 people watched a live stream of the Mass.
Reflections on Fr Gerry’s life and ministry were offered by close friends Fr Peter Confeggi, Parish Priest of St Patrick’s Parish, Blacktown, and Fr Kevin Flanagan, Parish Priest at Sacred Heart Parish, North Albury.
About 600 people attended a Vigil liturgy on Thursday 1 March at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Greystanes.
Fr Gerry Iverson celebrated his Farewell Mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish on Sunday 13 February 2011, having officially retired from his role as Parish Priest in December 2010.
Fr Gerry celebrated his Golden Jubilee of Ordination to Priesthood on 16 July 2010, exactly 50 years to the day that he was ordained.
Download Funeral Mass Homily of Archdiocese of Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Most Rev Geoffrey Robinson
Go to Fr Gerry Iverson Vigil & Funeral Mass Photo Galleries
Human face of the Church a voice of compassion
Close friend Fr Peter Confeggi said Fr Gerry was a man who stood with people in times of change, crisis and transition, and help them to draw the best from that experience.
|Fr Gerry Iverson (left) with Cardinal Edward Cassidy at an evening of interfaith dialogue held at Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club in 2006.|
“Gerry had a wonderful capacity to gather people and build friendships. There were clergy dinners, nights at the opera and ministers’ fraternal gatherings,” Fr Peter said.
“I remember sharing breakfast with him on the morning of 9/11. ‘What can we do?’ Within weeks parishioners were sitting down with Muslims from the Gallipoli Mosque at Auburn!
“Gerry’s friends know that he loved life and lived it to the full. The man who had climbed in the Himalayas and kayaked in the Antarctic seemed to fit 30 hours into most days. In his relationships he put a very human face on the Church – for those within the Catholic community and beyond he was a voice of compassion.
“The Church was blessed to have Gerry as its minister as many were blessed to have him as a friend.”
Fr Gerry Iverson Commemorative Photo Gallery
Catholic Outlook July 2010: Fr Gerry's Golden Jubilee interview
Catholic Outlook April 2011: Fr Gerry's Farewell Mass
« Return to news list