FATHER Rupert Everest OSB, a Benedictine monk at Ampleforth Abbey, has died at the age of 82.
His death was marked with the traditional tolling of the bell in the abbey church tower, with one toll for each year of Fr Rupert’s life.
He was born in London in June 1931, was educated at Ampleforth College, and joined the monastic community in September 1950. He went to St Benet’s Hall, at the University of Oxford, and studied geography, and was ordained priest on July 19, 1959.
For the next 12 years, Fr Rupert had a number of roles at Ampleforth, including senior geography master in the school, chaplain to the domestic staff and assistant procurator.
Fr Rupert then devoted more than 30 years of his monastic life to work in a number of parishes, beginning first with St Peter’s in Seel Street, Liverpool. In his four years there he also wrote a weekly column for the Liverpool Diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Pictorial. From 1978-1979 Fr Rupert had a year’s sabbatical at the Irish Institute of Pastoral Liturgy, Carlow, where he gained a Pontifical Diploma in Sacred Liturgy.
Back on the parishes, Fr Rupert worked in St Mary’s, Bamber Bridge; St Mary’s, Leyland; Our Lady of Lourdes and St Gerard Majella, Lostock Hall; Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Michael’s, Workington, and finally Our Lady and St Benedict’s, Ampleforth.
At the age of 75, Fr Rupert retired as parish priest in Ampleforth village, but continued to work as chaplain to one of the school boarding Houses.
In recent years he had suffered ill health and died peacefully yesterday.
Fr Rupert’s body will be received into the Abbey Church at Ampleforth at 8.15 p.m. on Thursday. His funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Abbey Church on Friday at 11.30am, followed by burial in the Monks’ Wood.