A popular priest who served in Kingswood for eight years has died suddenly.
Father Patrick Auger, who was 58, was parish priest at Our Lady of Lourdes in Kingswood from 2002-2010. He had not been well for some time but his death was still unexpected.
Before he became a priest he was an accountant. In 1983 he got involved in the local parish of St. Edmund’s in Calne and after a few years began to think he might have a vocation to the priesthood.
He was sent to the Beda College in Rome and ordained into the priesthood in 1992.
Father Pat spent time at churches in Swindon, Cheltenham before going to Our Lady of Lourdes in Kingswood in 2002. He left after eight years to lead the Parish of the English Martyrs in Chard in Somerset, which is where he died on 31st October.
A funeral service was held for him in his parish church in Chard last Thursday, and then last Friday there was a Requiem Mass at Clifton Cathedral, led by Bishop Declan and attended by around 60 priests and deacons, along with parishioners who had known Father Pat over the years, including many from Kingswood. Mourners were invited to give donations to St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice and Cancer Research UK.
There is a tribute to Father Pat on Our Lady of Lourdes’ website, calling him a “wonderful man and priest” who took his medical concerns in his stride, “displaying great resilience and a disarming sense of humour”.