Vale Rev Fr David Hume
By Trevor Tye, a parishioner at St John XXIII Parish and good friend of the late Fr Dave Hume
More than 1500 people packed St John XXIII Church at Glenwood-Stanhope Gardens on 23 June 2014 to pay their last respects to Fr Dave Hume, a brother, servant, friend, counsellor and gift from God.
Fr Dave’s brother, Fr Stephen Hume OP, spoke during the funeral Mass of his younger sibling’s incredible faith and love for people and life.
“He often gave so much of himself that there was nothing left in the tank. His outrageous sense of humour bordered on ‘fun at all costs’. He was a light-hearted man who made it very easy for anyone to approach him,” Fr Stephen said.
“He would refer to his parishioners as ‘his family’. Recently, I have heard many, many stories from people here who told me what Fr Dave had done for them. They told me many times that he was not a normal priest. He was a friend to everyone.”
Fr Stephen also spoke of Fr Dave’s incredible faith and how he would start each day in the chapel spending an hour with God. He was a man who “grew closer and closer to Christ over the years and helped his family of parishioners to do the same.”
Bishop Anthony Fisher OP was the principal celebrant for the Mass, which was concelebrated by Bishop Emeritus Kevin Manning, Fr Stephen and priests of the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond.
In attendance were Fr Dave’s family, including brothers, Joseph and Frank and sisters Mary, Bernadette and Anne. They were joined by more than 80 priests, religious including his fellow brothers from his time as a Christian Brother and lay people, including his parish family at St John XXIII.
A good friend of Fr Dave, Rev David Wrightson from Quakers Hill Uniting Church, also spoke at the burial. In 2013, Fr Dave offered the school hall to the Uniting Church for their services after their roof was damaged and invited them to be part of the Stations of the Cross in April.
The funeral followed a nine-day novena for the repose of the soul of Fr Dave, prayed by St John XXIII parishioners. A viewing of his body and concelebrated Mass was also held on 20 June and attended by more than 600 people.
Fr Dave was someone who embodied his calling to his parishioners to ‘Live Jesus in our Hearts Forever’. It is a commitment that will live on in all who knew him for many years to come.
Go to Fr David Hume Funeral Photo Gallery
Fr Stephen Hume OP Homily for Funeral Mass for Fr David Hume
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