ARCHBISHOP Francis Rush would not want to painted as a plaster saint, Bishop John Gerry said in St Stephen’s Cathedral last Sunday.
He was the principal concelebrant at the 10am Mass, which was celebrated to mark the first anniversary of Archbishop Rush’s death.
Concelebrating with him were Archbishop Rush’s nephew, Fr Ormond Rush, who teaches at St Paul’s Theological College, Banyo, Bishop Raymond Benjamin, who was bishop of Townsville, Archbishop Rush’s home diocese, and Fr Patrick Kenny, a seminary classmate with Francis Rush, who is now retired.
Bishop Gerry said Archbishop Rush had refused church and civil honours.
‘For Francis Rush, Christ was his life,’ Bishop Gerry said.
‘Vatican II found Frank Rush open and enthusiastic for the call and challenge of renewal in the Church. He brought its freshness and vitality first to the diocese of Rockhampton and then in 1973 to this archdiocese.
‘Francis Rush was a very big man in all important senses of the word – in his simplicity and sincerity, his love for the priesthood and for people,’ Bishop Gerry said.