Ordained deacon only
William Gornall was born in Darwen on 27th December 1937 and was subsequently baptised in the Church Of England.
Bill began his studies for the Anglican ministry at Ely Theological College, completing them at the Community QC the Resurrection at Mirfield. 14s: was ordained for the Anglican ministry in 1964.
He spent most of his thirty years serving in parishes in the Diocese of Blackburn and spent his last years before retirement in Sheffield.
It was after his retirement that Bill received instruction in the Faith and was received into full communion with the Catholic Church at Maltby in the Diocese of Hallam, before moving to live in Clitheroe.
After completing part of the Ordination Course for former Anglican Clergy, he was ordained Deacon by Bishop Patrick Kelly at St Charles', Rishton on the Eve of the Feast of Corpus Christi, 9th June 1996.
Due to increasing problems with his health, Bill felt he was not ready to go forward to priesthood. He was given leave to accept an invitation to live with the parish clergy of St George's Catholic Church in Worcester, where he served as deacon from the beginning of August 1997.
Sadly his health became progressively worse and he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia early last December, when he began a course of chemotherapy at Ronksworth Hospital and he died on Good Friday, 1998.
His short time at St George's brought great fulfilment to him and he was deeply appreciated by the clergy and parishioners. The body of Rev William Gornall was received into St George's Church, Worcester, on Thursday 16th April with concelebrated Mass.
The Requiem Mass for his eternal repose was celebrated at St Joseph's, Darwen on Friday 17th April at 1.30pm, followed by interment at his parents' grave in Darwen.