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Father John Kearns CP, the Provincial of the Order of the Cross and Passion died on Wednesday 14 April aged 56.  He was a much loved and familiar figure in the archdiocese who will be remembered for his ministry at St Anne and Blessed Dominic parish in Sutton, St Helens and for his work in Prison Chaplaincy.


He first worked at the Shrine in Sutton as a student for the priesthood and after ordination served in the parish.  After he left the parish, he was still a regular visitor especially for the annual Masses for Blessed Dominic Barberi, Venerable Elizabeth Prout and Venerable Ignatius Spencer.


He was born in Birmingham on 13 February 1965 and worked in the banking world before joining the Passionists.  He was professed on 13 September 1991 and ordained at St Anne and Blessed Dominic on 5 July 1997.  While serving in the parish he was invited to celebrate Mass at a young offenders institute and his work in prison ministry began.


After becoming Provincial he moved to his home city of Birmingham to Austin Smith House in Sparkhill where he also worked in ministry to refugees and asylum seekers.


His fruitful ministry will be greatly missed and will be remembered as an important part of Passionist life in this country, in northern Europe, and in the wider Passionist congregation.


His Funeral Mass was celebrated at his home parish of St Thomas and St Edmund of Canterbury, Erdington Abbey, Birmingham.

Obituary of Rev John Kearns CP

His fruitful ministry will be greatly missed