In 1999, he was invested as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre by Archbishop Michael Bowen in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark
Father Tony Reynolds, a much loved parish priest, hospital chaplain and a tireless worker for Christians in the Holy Land died peacefully on the evening of Tuesday 15 February, aged 83 years and in the 67th year of his priesthood.
Anthony Reynolds, the son of William and Mary Reynolds, was born in Liverpool on 12 June 1938. He attended Much Woolton Primary School, Liverpool, and Campion House, Osterley, completing his seminary formation at St Joseph’s College, Upholland. He was ordained to the priesthood in the college chapel on his 27th birthday, 12 June 1965.
Following ordination, he was appointed as assistant priest at Our Lady’s, Parr. Thereafter he served in several parishes as assistant priest: St Joan, Bootle from January 1971; St Margaret Mary, Liverpool from February 1975; St Francis de Sales, Liverpool from September 1980 and St Luke, Whiston from September 1981. During his final curacy hospital chaplaincy became a stable feature of his priestly ministry, an aspect of his ministry that would continue over many years.
In May 1983, he was appointed as parish priest at St Anne’s, Overbury Street, Liverpool. As well as administering a busy city parish, he was also a chaplain at Liverpool Maternity Hospital on Oxford Street and the Children’s Hospital on Myrtle Street. He blessed the chapel in the latter and a plaque there still bears his name. A few months after his arrival, in November 1983, the maternity hospital was the focus of intense media attention after the birth of the Walton sextuplets. Father Tony always remained very proud that he had baptised them and he remained in contact with the family for many years afterwards. During his time at St Anne’s, he benefitted from the presence of a community of Christian Brothers with whom he shared the very large presbytery. He oversaw a reordering of the sanctuary at St Anne’s and a refurbishment of the church.
In August 1989, he moved to St Paschal Baylon, Liverpool, as parish priest, and combined his parochial duties with his role as chaplain at Alder Hey Hospital. Whilst there he celebrated his Silver Jubilee as a priest.
He returned to St Luke’s, Whiston, in November 1991, this time as parish priest, resuming his duties as chaplain at Whiston Hospital. In September 1997, after nearly six years at St Luke’s, he moved to Our Lady Immaculate, Bryn, for his final appointment as parish priest. Just as he had done at Overbury Street, so at Bryn he oversaw the reordering of the sanctuary and a refurbishment of the church.
In 1999, he was invested as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre by Archbishop Michael Bowen in St George’s Cathedral, Southwark. Already a veteran of many Holy Land pilgrimages by that point, he continued faithfully supporting the Order’s activities in favour of the Christians in the Holy Land for the rest of his life.
After twelve years at Bryn, by which time Father Tony was in his early seventies, he relinquished his responsibilities as a parish priest and moved to Widnes to assist the parish priests of the deanery. Freed from the administrative burden of being a parish priest, Father Tony relished being able to focus entirely on his pastoral duties. Shortly after celebrating his Golden Jubilee he retired, in September 2015, to live happily with his sister, Ursula, in the family home in Woolton Village where four generations of his family had lived.
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