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Diocese grieves the loss of Fr Graeme Blackburn

Fr Rick Loughnan with Bishop-Elect Paul Martin express their deep sadness at the news of the death of Fr Graeme Blackburn last evening in a road accident.
We along with the whole diocesan family express our deepest sympathy to Graeme’s mother, Erin, and the family at this tragic loss.
Fr Graeme was the assistant priest at Our Lady of Victories Parish and was ordained a priest on 1 July 2017.
The Vigil for Fr Graeme Blackburn is to be held on Friday 19th January, 7.00pm at Our Lady of Victories Church, 106 Main South Road. The Requiem Mass will be held on Saturday 20th January at 11am at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral.
May he Rest in Peace.
There is help and support available should you wish – it is for anyone who may need it even if they did now know Graeme.

  • Youthline they are there 24/7 and always free 0800 376633 or Free TXT 234
  • Or for adults there’s Warmline 0800 899 276, 1pm-12am 7 days a week.
  • The Family Services Directory has a complete list of all the help and support agencies throughout NZ. https://www.familyservices.govt.nz/directory/

This website has more information about the process of grief. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/grief/coping-with-grief-and-loss.htm
If you are not sure where to start a GP visit is a great start.