David Morland

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FATHER David Morland was a Benedictine monk of Ampleforth Abbey who was senior classics master in Ampleforth College for more than 10 years before going to work in parishes.

In accordance with the tradition at Ampleforth Abbey, his death was marked with the ringing of the death knell, ringing one toll for every year of his life – 68 years.

William Morland went to school at Ampleforth College and joined the monastic Community in 1961 and was given the name the monastic name David.

He studied at St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, and then went on to study theology in Munich and Sant’Anselmo, Rome.

He returned to Ampleforth in 1972 and took up a teaching role. In 1984 he became senior classics master, a post he held until 1997.

At the end of his teaching career, he began parish work, serving in Gilling East and Osmotherley before being appointed assistant priest at St Austin, Grassendale, Liverpool in November 1998. Fr David was appointed parish priest there in September 2005.

The following year he was diagnosed with cancer, but remained working in the parish until early 2011, when he returned to the monastery infirmary at Ampleforth Abbey.

Fr David Morland wrote a number of religious books.