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Very Reverend Canon John Short; Tributes.

SOFTLY spoken with an easy charm and welcoming smile, Canon John Short's gentle manner brought comfort and cheer to thousands during his long and active ministry.

Born in Orrell Park on May 23,1931, Father Short was educated at St Mary's College, Crosby, and St Joseph's College in Upholland before moving to the Venerable English College in Rome to study for the priesthood.

It was at Waterloo train station during his first journey to Rome that Father Short met fellow student Cormac Murphy O'Connor, who is now Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster. During his final year of study, Father Short met another student, Patrick Kelly, who was later to become his very own Archbishop in Liverpool.

After his ordination in Rome on July 8,1956, Father Short went to Cambridge University, where he gained an MA, before returning to St Joseph's College as a teacher.

In 1974 Father Short was appointed spiritual director at the English College in Rome and he remained in the Eternal City until 1980 when he became Parish Priest at Our Lady of Compassion in Formby.

In 1998 he received his final appointment as parish priest at St Thomas More in Aigburth. Parishioners in both Formby and Aigburth remember Father Short fondly as a caring and compassionate man who always gave of his time and had time to listen.

An Honorary Canon of the Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter, Father Short became a trustee of the archdiocese. As Vicar General he provided wisdom and kindness especially for fellow priests who were experiencing problems.

Throughout his career Father Short was a great friend and supporter of the Grail, an association of lay Catholics, and he worked closely with the Sisters of Notre Dame supporting them in their teaching ministry.

In 1998 he was one of the first members of the newly formed Archdiocesan Child Protection Management Commission.

It was a role which brought some distress, but it provided an opportunity for his strong faith and gentle manner to bring healing and reconciliation.

A lifelong and passionate supporter of the ecumenical movement, he served on the Archdiocesan Ecumenism Commission and one of his last projects before retirement was to undertake a major survey to review ecumenical relations in the archdiocese.

Sadly, just months after he retired in 2006, Father Short's health began to fail and he moved to Ince Blundell Hall where he continued to offer spiritual help and advice.

Father Short died peacefully on October 2 with his sister Claire, his brother Peter and Father David Heywood at his side.

Father Short's body will be received into St Thomas More church, Aigburth, tonight at 7.30 when Mass will be celebrated.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool, tomorrow at 12noon, followed by burial at Ince Blundell.

Father John Short

Born: May 23,1931

Ordained: July 8,1956

Died: October 2, 2007
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 10, 2007
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