A message from Mgr Martin Hayes, Vicar General of Westminster Diocese:

"I write with the sad news of the death yesterday evening, the Second Sunday of Easter (of Divine Mercy), 19 April of Fr Antony Francis Maximillian Conlon.  Fr Tony died peacefully at the Sue Ryder Hospice in Reading where he had been receiving end of life care.

"Fr Tony was born in Dublin, Ireland on 14 July 1949 and Ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Westminster at Westminster Cathedral by Cardinal Basil Hume in May 1979.

"Sympathy is extended to Fr Tony’s family and friends, and to the Clergy and parishioners of his former parishes in this Diocese and in the Archdiocese of Birmingham where Fr Tony served as Parish Priest at Goring on Thames and Woodcote, and to those who remember him from his ministry as Chaplain at the Oratory School, Reading.

"Fr Tony was a member of the Deceased Clergy Association.  Funeral arrangements will be made in accordance with the protocols necessary due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Details of Memorial Requiem Masses, and an obituary, will follow in due course.

"We pray for the repose of Fr Tony’s soul:

Almighty and eternal God,

hear our prayers for your son, Fr Tony

whom you have called from this world to yourself.

Grant him light, happiness and peace.

Let him pass in safety through the gates of death,

and live for ever with all your saints

in the light you promised to Abraham

and to all his descendants in faith.

Guard him from all harm

and on that great day of resurrection and reward

raise him up with all your saints.

Pardon his sins and give him eternal life in your kingdom.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


"May the soul of this faithful Priest rest in peace.  Amen."


We are very grateful for Fr Conlon’s generous ministry at Our Lady and St John, Goring-on-Thames, Christ the King Woodcote and elsewhere including as Chaplain at the Oratory schools.  

Fr Conlon is a priest of the Archdiocese of Westminster and we are grateful that the Archdiocese of Westminster allowed Fr Conlon to serve in our Archdiocese.  

In recent months Fr Conlon’s courage and prayerful acceptance of his condition was an inspiration to many.

We commend him to the Lord.

We pray for his family and friends, the parishioners at Our Lady and St John, Goring on Thames and Christ the King, Woodcote, and for all who mourn.

May Fr Antony Conlon rest in peace.


The funeral service for Fr Antony Conlon will be a graveside burial on Tuesday 5 May at Goring-on-Thames cemetery.  In accordance with Fr Antony's wishes, the funeral will be celebrated by Fr David Elliot.