BRISBANE priest Fr Pat Dowd, described as a “real friend” and a humble and dedicated parish priest who served across the Brisbane Archdiocese, was farewelled at a moving funeral Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral today.
Fr Vince Hobbs spoke of his longtime friend and year mate as “an authentic disciple of Jesus, a man of real faith, and hope and love – a dedicated Catholic priest who lived a life of humble service of God’s people”.
“Pat embraced his priesthood,” Fr Hobbs said.
“He enjoyed a deep abiding satisfaction of doing something worthwhile with his life… of serving God’s people in their relationship to their creator.
“And whether it was a big congregation or whether he had to travel hundreds of kilometres for the sake of a small group of people – it didn’t matter – all was God’s will. And that is what did matter.”
Fr Dowd served as parish priest at Carina, Upper Mt Gravatt, Caboolture, Kingaroy, Gayndah and Childers.
He was ordained in 1959 and was a classmate to Father Hobbs as well as Fathers Denis Long and Hal Ranger, who serves in Toowoomba diocese.
He celebrated his diamond anniversary of priesthood in 2019.
Fr Dowd’s ministry was served in many rural centres across Brisbane archdiocese and he will be well-remembered for his live-in supply work during his retirement within the North Country Deanery.
He is also remembered and appreciated for his contribution to Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
“I was blessed with a real friend in Pat,” Fr Hobbs said.
“Pope Francis sees clericalism as a big problem in the priesthood. He’s talking about power, prestige, privilege.
“Well I knew Pat Dowd very well and I failed to see any of that in Pat.
“I did notice the smell of the sheep on him, but I couldn’t smell any of those other things.”
Fr Dowd passed away at his Camp Hill residence on February 10.
Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge presided over today’s funeral Mass, attended by fellow priests, family and friends.