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We regret to announce the deaths of the following alumni, former staff and friends of the University.

Canon Charles Anthony Dorran (1928-2018)

Chas, as we knew him, was a pupil at De La Salle College, Salford, and was accepted for Teacher Training at Simmaries in 1945.alumni

Upon qualifying, he moved on to All Hallows Seminary in Dublin, from where he was ordained priest in 1953. As a member of the Salford Diocese, he was appointed Curate at St. Augustine's Parish, All Saints Manchester. He then moved on to St Mary's Parish, the "hidden gem" in the city centre, where he served for some years. He then was appointed Parish Priest to St John's Bromley Cross, near Bolton. Finally, he served as Parish Priest at St Mary's, Osbaldeston, near Blackburn, where he served for twenty five years until his death on 22nd March 2018, having suffered bravely from a terminal cancer. 

He was buried in St. Mary's graveyard alongside his younger brother, Fr Bill Dorran, also of the Salford Diocese. Rest in peace Fr Chas.

Written by Ralph Hope (1945-47)

Michael Hayes (1957-2017)


Former Vice-Principal Professor Michael Hayes has sadly died following a period of serious illness. Michael joined St Mary’s in 2001 as Head of Theology and Religious Studies, becoming Head of the then School of Theology, Philosophy and History in 2002. Read the full article...

Peter Daniel Cooper (2017)

A proud alumnus of St Mary’s (1952 to 1954 and 1957 to 1958) Peter died suddenly whilst in James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough on December 29th 2017, aged 86 years. He was a much loved husband of Angela, loving dad of Damian, Mark, Nicholas and Rachel. Dear father in law of Clare, Wendy, Emma and Andrew. Also, an adored grandpa of twelve. His lifelong commitment to Catholic education was rewarded by his investiture as a Knight of St. Gregory by Pope John Paul II. He continued to meet monthly for lunch with fellow ‘Simmarians’ until shortly before his death. R.I.P.

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