ONE of the oldest men to be ordained into the Roman Catholic Church returned
to the Merrie City to celebrate his first mass at a Wakefield church.
Fr Don Forsythe, 71, jetted over from America to celebrate his ordination
and read mass in the home city of his late wife and the place where he lived
for 12 years.
A congregation at St Austin’s RC Church on Wentworth Terrace heard Fr Don deliver
mass on Sunday morning, just two weeks after he was ordained.
The grandfather, from Londonderry in Northern Ireland, told the Express how
Wakefield held a special place in his heart because it was where he met his
wife, Ann Dwyer.
I wanted to come back to Wakefield because it holds some lovely memories for
me", he said. "I met my wife, Ann, here and I was very happily married
for 38 years.
" She died six years ago from bone leukaemia. I had suffered a stroke after
she was diagnosed but she held on until I recovered because that was the sort
woman she was. She didn’t want to go until she knew I would be okay to look
after the family."