In October 1992, in recognition of his service to the archdiocese, he was appointed as a Prelate of Honour by Pope John Paul II
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Monsignor Anthony Dennick, former Chancellor of the Archdiocese and much-loved parish priest of Our Lady Immaculate and St Joseph, Prescot died peacefully on the evening of Thursday 7th July aged 87 and in the 60th year of his priesthood.
Anthony Dennick was born at Upper Ettingshall, near Bilston in Staffordshire, on 21st March 1935. Considered a sickly child, his parents John and Evelyn, moved the family to Buxton for the benefit of his health. There he began his education at St Anne’s School. Eventually the family moved to Liverpool, where he completed his early education at St Cecilia’s School and St Francis Xavier’s College. Upon leaving school, like many of his generation, he was called up for national service, serving in the catering corps of the Royal Navy.
Returning to civilian life, he felt called to the priesthood and was sent to St Joseph’s College, Upholland to complete his formation. He was ordained priest by Archbishop Heenan in the college chapel on 8th June 1963. Following ordination, he was appointed as assistant priest at St William’s, Ince. Not long after his ordination, and to his great surprise, he was asked to serve on the committee making the preparations for the opening of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool. At his death, he was the last remaining member of the clergy who had been in the sanctuary party for its Mass of Consecration in 1967.
In September 1970, at the request of Archbishop Beck, he moved to Archbishop’s House to become his private secretary. At the same time, he became chaplain to the nearby Good Shepherd Convent. Within a short time he was also appointed Vice-Chancellor of the archdiocese. He continued to serve Archbishop Beck in these capacities until the latter’s retirement in 1976 and served for a further eighteen months with Archbishop Worlock. In September 1977, he relinquished his post as private secretary to the Archbishop, though he retained his other roles as Vice-Chancellor, principal Master of Ceremonies and chaplain to the Good Shepherd Convent. A few months later he was appointed by Pope Paul VI as a Chaplain of His Holiness.
Following the consecration of Monsignor Kevin O’Connor as Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool in July 1979, Monsignor Dennick was promoted to succeed him as Chancellor. Throughout this period, he continued to be the principal Master of Ceremonies for all the major liturgies and had a significant involvement in the arrangements for the celebration of Mass by Pope St John Paul II at the Metropolitan Cathedral in May 1982. Later the same year he was appointed as parish priest at St Malachy’s, Liverpool, whilst continuing in office as Chancellor. In October 1992, in recognition of his service to the archdiocese, he was appointed as a Prelate of Honour by Pope John Paul II.
He relinquished the office of Chancellor in March 1995 and took up his new appointment as parish priest at Our Lady Immaculate and St Joseph’s, Prescot. Over the next 24 years he ministered faithfully to the people of that parish and for much of that time he also served as Dean of Prescot. He finally retired from active ministry in September 2019. He continued to live in the presbytery at Prescot until ill health necessitated a move to a care home in Prescot and then to St Bartholomew’s Court in Roby where he died.
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon celebrated the Funeral Mass on Friday 15th July at Our Lady and St Joseph’s Church, Prescot followed by burial in Prescot cemetery.
Obituary of Monsignor Anthony Dennick