Monday, April 17, 2017


I have now completed my self imposed Lenten task to blog everyday through Lent.

It has been more demanding than I bargained on, even though most posts pointed readers to other posts.

So I am going to have a rest from blogging for a week or so.

"Rest" has another meaning, however, this morning as I write. Over the weekend the Diocese of Christchurch learned that a treasured colleague, Andrew Starky, died suddenly on Holy Saturday.

Please pray for his wife Kathryn, their son Daniel and their extended family, as well as the Parish of St Michael's and All Angels who have lost their Vicar.

Andrew held other responsibilities in the Diocese and leaves an empty place at important decision making tables. We are all bereft.

His funeral is 11am Friday 21 April at St Michael's and All Angels.

See now this moving post by Fr Ron Smith.


It was a moving, solemn service, now viewable on YouTube.

An obituary published in the Press on Saturday is here.

Bosco Peters has published the eulogy he delivered at the service here.


Jean said...

Much loved and deeply mourned.

Bryden Black said...

Your title, "Rest", is well named Peter, in light of Andrew's dying on Holy Saturday. For Hans Urs von Balthasar made much of the silence and the stillness the Incarnate Word endured during that first Holy Saturday in many places of his oeuvre. Andrew's fellowship is mercifully embracive.

Chris Spark said...

Deeply sorry to hear regards Andrew, so unexpected. Thanks for the notice. Love to all.

Father Ron said...

Readers who may be interested in my Easter reflections on Andrew's death and the connection with Easter, may care to login on my blog under the title kiwianglo.

He is already being greatly missed by us all here at St. Michael's. Our prayers are no for Kathryn, Daniel, and the extended family, here and in Canada. Christ is Risen Alleluia. May andrew now rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory! Amen.

The Requiem Mass will be at SMAA, Christchurch on Friday, 21 April, at 11am.

Father Ron said...

For those who may not be able to attend Fr. Andrew's Funeral:

There will be a Compline Service in Saint Michael's on Thursday at 6.30pm.

Fr. Ron Smith