It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Fr Michael McKenna who died on Monday 17 July 2023, aged 87.

Please pray for the repose of Fr McKenna’s soul.

Fr Michael’s body will be received into the chapel at St Joseph’s Home, Little Sisters of the Poor, Newcastle on Thursday 24 August 2023 at 5.00pm and Mass will be celebrated.

Bishop Stephen will celebrate his Requiem Mass at 12.05pm on Friday 25 August at St Mary’s Cathedral.

May he rest in peace.

Death Notice

Fr Michael McKenna, born 12 June 1936, died on Monday 17 July 2023; he was 87 years of age.

Fr Michael was ordained to the priesthood on 16 June 1962 and has faithfully served the people of our Diocese in the following parishes:


Wrekenton: St Oswald, October 1962 – August 1969
South Moor: St Mary, August 1969 – January 1974
Newcastle: St Anthony, January 1974 – March 1974
Durham: St Cuthbert, March 1974 – November 1978


Apostleship of the Sea, November 1978 – September 1986

Parish Priest:

Felling: St Augustine, September 1986 – September 1995
Ashington: St Aidan, September 1995 – September 2002
Annfield Plain and Dipton: September 2002 – September 2008
Bellingham: St Oswald, September 2008 – May 2014

Retired in residence:

Whickham: St Mary, May 2014 – September 2018
Little Sisters of the Poor, Newcastle, September 2018 – July 2023