Sabtu, 09 Agustus 2014

Darwin*s Bishop Ted Collins dies aged 83 (ABC)

Catholic priest Ted Collins who was the Bishop of Darwin for 21 years has died aged 83.

Bishop Ted, as he was known, died late on Friday at the St Joseph's Aged Care Home in Kensington in Sydney, a statement from the Catholic Church said.

He was bishop of Darwin between 1986 and 2007.

"He was a man of great kindness and pastoral gifts, much loved not only by members of his own faith, but by all who came in contact with him," said Darwin's current Bishop, Eugene Hurley.

Entering the priesthood

Bishop Ted did not rush to become a priest, working in the police force until he was 24 before deciding to join the priesthood.

"I had this sort of longing to follow the Lord a bit closer and I said 'but I have to go back to school to learn Latin for instance'... so I decided to do it, I launched out into the deep," he told the ABC in 2007.

While working in the NT on Indigenous Catholic Missions Bishop Ted encouraged the use of Aboriginality in faith, allowing didgeridoos and clap-sticks to be played during masses.

Bishop Ted was also an outspoken opponent of the NT's voluntary euthanasia laws, which he believed could be perilous for disadvantaged people.

The laws were later overturned in Federal Parliament.

He died surrounded by his older sister Madge and her children Gerard and Anne, and fellow priest Father Pat Austin.

Bishop Ted had been in declining health during recent months, the church said.

A mass will be celebrated to remember him at St Mary's Cathedral in Darwin and his body will be laid to rest in the Cathedral's crypt.

It is expected the service will take place on Tuesday, August 19.

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